Does anyone here meditate?

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  1. Easttime macrumors 6502a

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    We who grew up in the west are good at firing up the excitable side of our nervous systems (think action movies and political arguments) but not good at learning to activate the calming, focussing side of our nervous systems. Meditation is as simple as learning basic breathing + mindfulness + muscle tone relaxation. Military calls it tactical breathing. Good biological and psychological evidence that simple meditation is a good thing to learn to do. Only a few minutes practice a day and soon it is very easy to induce that state. Good to see the stigma is wearing off and meditation is becoming mainstream.
     
  2. Lioness~ macrumors 65816

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    Coming back into practicing Ashtanga, made meditation shorter each day, for awhile.
    But when the nervoussystem now strongly is cleansed out, I look forward in a different and more powerful way to my daily meditations.
     
  3. Erehy Dobon macrumors newbie

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    I do something that could be called meditation but it's not the formalized, institutionalized practice that some Westerners find attractive and trendy.

    A lot of it is rooted in basic common sense and a simplicity of existence, two very, Very, VERY foreign concepts, especially to Americans.

    I will share just a few observations: there is no one stupid set of instructions to have a successful meditation. Successful meditation practices may change over years.

    It has nothing to do with reciting words. One can attain spiritual peace being as dumb as a rock.
     
  4. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus

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    This is what I was afraid of for you when we were speaking about it a while ago. I tried my best to relate my experiences with meditation and to hedge your expectations on a spiritual enlightenment that you seemed to be seeking.

    But as I said before, everyone's experiences and expectations are different and our goals may also be a little different as well. For me, meditation is a way for me to destress when tension and is really high in my life. For me, I never once was seeking a kind of enlightenment or spirituality from it. Quite the opposite in fact, see my book I published the other year, link in the signature to author page. Perhaps other people do find a sort of spiritual connection with meditation, but not me - it isn't what I seek when I practice it.

    The encouragement I would provide would be to reel in your goals and set them to be a bit more realistic with what you are able to achieve with the practice. Try to define for yourself what it is you want to get out of it and see if it is achievable or not. Perhaps if your goals are more reasonable and achievable you can get more out of your practice.

    Good luck. :)
     
  5. Huntn macrumors P6

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    My perception was changed by meditating a bit, which is actually a good thing. Even when I think about meditating I get a soothing feeling, almost like endorphins. The issue is partially when the newness of the experience wears off, and when the practise becomes routine. Thanks!
     
  6. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030

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    Can you expand on "anti-deduction" ?
     
  7. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030

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    This is the weirdest process I’ve ever read about, so I will investigate this as it sounds amazing!
     
  8. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Weird is not always amazing, @yaxomoxay.
     
  9. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030

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    I wholeheartedly agree! But it’s fascinating nonetheless:)
     
  10. Lioness~ macrumors 65816

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    It reminds me about The Work and Byron Katie’s way of thinking. Turn around things.
    She’s absolutely brilliant.
    Processing our thoughts, emotions and judgements a bit deeper have great benefits.

    http://thework.com/en
     
  11. AngerDanger macrumors 68040

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    I assume you'll let us know when you eventually reach such a conclusion. :)
     
  12. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030

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    conclusion let know assumption eventual.
     
  13. AngerDanger macrumors 68040

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    conclusion let know assumption eventual = Christian Kardashian science copy
     
  14. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030

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    Christian Kardashian science copy = AngerDanger.

    Here, I found it! You're the meaning of everything.
     
  15. AngerDanger macrumors 68040

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    mindblown.gif
     
  16. Lioness~, Feb 8, 2019
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    Lioness~ macrumors 65816

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    This is a really good time for me to get much more focused in many ways, and to move my life into new directions, yay :)
     
  17. Gutwrench Contributor

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    I should read up on what it is, but to my knowledge I haven’t formally meditated.

    I had some pre-competition routines I found myself following. Some were probably silly superstitious things. But looking back on it all I wonder if it wasn’t a rudimentary form of mediation; because in the end it was about removing external distractions, controlling tension, focusing, and essentially drawing the bow.
     
  18. alexjholland macrumors 6502

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    Bizarre.

    Meditation is more about building distance from your thoughts...

    ...which allows you to approach the world with a more open/less judgemental mindset.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 9, 2019 ---
    Sure, I meditate every morning.

    I wake-up, drink 1.5 litres of water, clean my teeth and meditate...

    ...then I workout, shower, and start work (about three hours in total).

    Meditation is just like lifting weights.

    It's far more important to be consistent, than anything else.

    Just 10 minutes each morning is a great discipline!
     
  19. Lioness~ macrumors 65816

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    Strange expression, building distance to your thoughts....ah well, with 10 min meditation it can’t go very deep.

    I wouldn’t recommend building distance against anything. It’s a strange position.
    Awareness however, might take more then 10 minutes meditations, a lot more.
    10 min meditations might be good for very busy days, sure, to keep a practice up.
    Or doing a couple of different kinds of shorter meditations after another, may also penetrate into the awareness field.

    Only 10 min meditation a day, maybe a preparation, building mental discipline, but meditation, nahhh it’s not happening within that short time unless someone have practiced very deep meditations earlier. But still, wouldn’t call it meditation.

    Enjoying the refreshments of new viewpoints on old knowledge of meditations at the moment.
    Feeling inspired.
     
  20. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030

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    10 minutes is better than nothing, and it's meditation. TM recommends 2x20min/day. Other meditative styles recommend more, others less. There isn't really much consensus on what is needed. I can assure you that I had very deep 10 minutes meditations and very awful distracted 40 minute long meditations.
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    It probably was a simple form of meditation.
     

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