Does anyone here meditate?

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Does anyone here meditate?

ShadowedSeductress ShadowedSeductress
I'm really interested in trying my hand at meditation. From what I have read about it, it can greatly enhance my life if done right. Problem is I just don't know where to start.

Does anyone here meditate? If so, how did you get started? Any advice on where I should start, techniques, or stories about what it's done for you?

Thanks!
05/04/2013
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HoneyBear69 HoneyBear69
want to, but never find time
05/04/2013
sunflower sunflower
I do! Although not as frequently as I should.

I do mantra meditation that I learned at a Jain meditation center. It is kind of similar to Transcendental Meditation if you've heard of that. But with less secretive crap.

I learned to meditate because my mom told me about the meditation center and how they offer a seminar every month to teach people. It was $25 or $35 I think and they actually explained the history and "science" behind Jain meditation, how it's done, the workings of it, etc. They explained stuff like it's not a bad thing to think about stuff while you're meditating (it helps get the thoughts out of your system kinda) and that it's perfectly OK to fall asleep while meditating. There were worksheets too. And at the end we meditated for 20 minutes. They gave us vegan snacktime at the end and before we left they gave us some incense and a candle. It was really nice. Jains are the best because they really can't say a mean word to anyone. Or do any rude things. It's against their morals. What cool people.

I'm actually planning on going back regularly because it's an extremely great community and I'm sure that if I went to their weekly meditations that I would be less of an asshole and more proactive about practicing meditation.

I would recommend just looking up any sort of Buddhist, Hindu, or New Age/spiritual centers in your area on google and just call them on the phone and ask them about it. Trust me, people into meditation are usually super friendly and kind and they'll most likely be more than happy to answer your questions. Some yoga studios also offer that sort of class. You can tell from their website whether the studio is a spiritually centered one or fitness based. Seek out the spiritual ones.
A community ed class might also offer that if you're out of other options. I think a class would be really helpful if you don't know where to start because there's a lot of ground to cover in such a wide topic like meditation.

I recommend taking a class and I'm sure some classes are better or worse than others, but you might find something you really like. I'd also encourage you to research different forms of meditation because there are tons of different types. I really like mantra meditation and it works for me. You don't have to sit in a strict position or anything, you just kinda sit on a couch and get comfy and whatever works for you is best. And it's not about "DON'T THINK. DON'T THINK ANYTHING." because if you have a stray thought, you let it happen and then focus back on your mantra.

I don't wanna talk technique because it's been a while since I've gone to the class and I don't want to give you wrong information. Basically all there was to the actual meditation sitting down, breathing naturally, and thinking your mantra on the inhale/exhale. There is much more to it than that obviously and learning more about it will really help. The mantra they told us was "So hum" which means "that I am" so when you repeat it it's "I am that I am"

edit: Sorry for the wall o' text.
05/04/2013
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I pray - which I consider a form of meditation.
05/05/2013
SourAppleMartini SourAppleMartini
I do listen to self-hypnosis from time to time. I does help me to relax a little, but I probably don't do it as often as I should.
05/05/2013
babyrock babyrock
meditation is great, but you don't have to be sitting around. i have found that sometimes when i work out and just focus on doing one thing, it's very similar to meditation.
05/17/2013
bayosgirl bayosgirl
I chant, which I guess is a form of meditation. The phrase is "nom myoho renge kyo" and is central to Nichiren Buddhism, which I practice. We're different from most forms of Buddhism because we believe desires are not wrong. Whether it's a spiritual/emotional desire or even a carnal one, it's Ok. Results only serve to strengthen our faith. I've chanted for everything from a place to live when I was in a bad spot, to good results on medical tests, to what decisions to make about things. And it hasn't failed me yet!
05/17/2013
spiced spiced
I meditate almost every day. It's very helpful.

Here's a simple 3-step guide that you can put to use right away: link

No special equipment or mantras required! Just a comfortable chair in a quiet room will do.
05/17/2013
dancingduo dancingduo
Quote:
Originally posted by Gunsmoke
I pray - which I consider a form of meditation.
I agree it really is!
05/17/2013
bog bog
Quote:
Originally posted by ShadowedSeductress
I'm really interested in trying my hand at meditation. From what I have read about it, it can greatly enhance my life if done right. Problem is I just don't know where to start.

Does anyone here meditate? If so, how did you get ...
I meditate.

I like moving meditation, but sitting meditation is great, too.

It's been one of the most helpful things for my life.
05/17/2013
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