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what kind of meditation do you do? could you explain your method? thanks so much.
I practice Vipassna meditation, which translates to Insight mediation. It involves being mindful or simply aware of internal or external activity by labeling it and not to pass judgement analyze. It teaches you to see thing as they are objectively, which brings about a certain peace of mind that can be practiced at anytime. There are two ways that I practice It.
1. Find a place that's nice and quiet that you can sit comfortably in for a little while. Then find a position that's most comfortable for you, but don't lie down because you might fall asleep unless that's you goal. Once you find a comfortable position close your eyes and choose a meditation object, which is something that you have decided to be mindful of. A meditation object could be anything, but the simplest and easiest one is the breath. So, with your eyes closed say rising as you inhale and falling as you exhale; don't say it before or after you inhale and exhale because the whole point is to be mindful of it. Now, you will find your mind quickly wandering and losing focus alot. The next thing to do Is be mindful of your wandering mind by saying to your self distracted if your distracted, hearing if you hearing something, pain if your feeling pain, thinking if you are thinking, etc. Doing this for 15 to 20 minutes a day can be quiet beneficial.
I suggest doing this as soon as possible after you wake up because the benefits can carry over for the rest of the day.
The second method is very similar it involves incorporating the practice during everyday life. This is done by simply labeling what is happening, if you get angry you say to yourself angry, or if you are frustrated you say to your self frustrated and continue to say it to yourself until it has passed.
This practice teaches you a great deal about how your mind works giving you the mental tools and knowledge to handle any part of life making you a more balanced person. It also teaches you to be calmer and prevents you form going between extremes as often and makes it easier to come back to a balance.
In summary the practice helps to bring about happiness by calming the mind among other benefits. This is done by being aware of things objectively in the present moment. I hope I haven't overloaded you with information and this proves to be of benefit to you.
If you want to learn where I learned the practice you can look up a Buddhist monk on Youtube named yuttadhammo. He has videos that teach you about meditation excluding all the spiritual and religious mumbo jumbo.