All the posts, pictures, and videos about it but I just want to know what is it. Where do I begin. How is it done.
Sit down, concentrate on your breath, notice how the air flows through your body. Empty your mind. That´s it basically, seems simple, just try it for like 5 minutes for a start. There are some good posts on here that will help you with further advice, just take some minutes to read them end then start.
@mehdi756, Meditation is natures medication. :D
It is a mental practice of observing your mind. You sit, relax, and slowly become aware of what’s going on inside you. It is time well spent.
@mehdi756, I practice meditation. The type of meditation I do is called insight meditation, and here is how it goes. First, you set the intention in your mind. The intention is to focus on the breath. Second, you settle into your “heart space”, to do that, you think of something nice you did for someone else recently, something generous, and really FEEL how good it made you feel. Something generous could be all types of things too, giving money, giving time/being patient, smiling at someone, complimenting someone, being generous to yourself, meditating is being generous to your mind, so be creative with what GENEROSITY means. After you do that, you want to focus on a single point in your breath, where you really feel it, and where it feels comfortable, or even pleasant. Don’t think, just focus on the breath, here and now. In the beginning this will be hard, you can use a mantra, like saying “Breath, breath, breath” or “Breathe, breathe, breathe”. And with meditation, there a five hindrances, those are restlessness, aversion, sleepiness, desire, and doubt. Restlessness is when your mind wanders, when it functions how it usually does, when it brings your attention away from the breath. Aversion is avoiding meditation, or coming up with reasons why you can just do it later, or having negative feelings towards the practice. Sleepiness is well, being sleepy. Desire is thinking about something you want, whether it be a person(sexually or not), food, an experience, clothes, and more. Doubt is similar to aversion. When you experience any of these hindrances you want to skillfully and gently acknowledge it, and move your attention back to the breath, don’t EVER be hard on yourself thinking that you can’t meditate right. Always be skillful and gentle with it. Again, its called insight meditation.
@mehdi756, You should also get rid of any ego driven ideas of why you want to meditate. Don’t do it for enlightenment, or some supernatural experience. Just do it for yourself, for your mind and your body and your life. And every now and then, you may have some break through moments, hold onto those and remember them, but they are not the point of meditation.
@hochdragoonius, Thanks that was a lot of help, and it’s harder then I thought but I think Im getting a hang of it, how many minutes should it last
Meditation is not a practice. If one practices meditation one does not meditate. Meditation is not a process, needs no postures or special attention. Meditation is nature itself. One needs to become meditation not practice methods.
@lesterxp, how do you become meditation?
@oze-mask, I think he means that one should not apply force or effort in order to meditate. The process should just be natural without applying any outside forces.
I’ve just started but this video has helped me a lot. As always I got the link from some beautiful person on this site.
@mehdi756, What are you trying to get out of it?
@mehdi756, If you’re going for enlightenment or realization or happiness: Meditation is not a technique. Enlightenment is not a “goal” it’s a WAY OF BEING. You do not TRY to meditate, rather you ALLOW your consciousness to return to this natural state. It truly is effortless. You become the awareness in everything and of everything. You simply sit down, close your eyes, and you exist. You do not try to do anything else, you just allow yourself to exist. Allow yourself to be enlightenment, to be meditation. If you find yourself putting effort into it, do not TRY to stop, that is more effort. Instead, observe that effort as part of the OBSERVABLE experience and not as part of what you’re doing. In meditation, you are the awareness. That means even mental states are environmental factors that are not you, but objects to be observed. So, when you find yourself making effort, do not try to stop, do not try to continue, just exist, noticing that there is this mental state you call “effort” in your observable environment. It’s so easy, so natural, and that’s why people find it so difficult. It is easier than anything you’ve ever done in your life. You’ll learn A LOT even in just one session.
Note: You are not limited to the cushion. Meditation is a way of being. It can be done anywhere, anytime. It is simply to exist and be aware of that existence. Do it in the car, do it in the office, do it in the fields, do it in the kitchen, do it all day ( with your eyes open during these other times, of course :P)
@mehdi756, There are many different techniques for meditating but the basic premise is to just be. So many people get frustrated because they believe they aren’t practicing meditation in the “correct” way when really they misunderstand the nature and purpose of meditation.
The practice is a chance to come back to oneself, to understand quietly that your thoughts are not you and do not define your existence. If you find yourself thinking when trying to meditate, either kindly guide those thoughts away as they will not help you, or allow them to flow over your awareness, being conscious of their existence but paying no attention to their direction or content.
Most of all, don’t try so hard! When you discover true meditation for the first time, and believe me you will it is only a matter of time, you will come to understand that it is easy.
@mehdi756 Look up Adyashanti “True Meditation” so you don’t waste your time trying to control yourself for a while. That will only lead to frustration. Meditation is an experience of letting go. Adya’s advice is invaluable, give it a listen.
sit down in a quiet and dark room
sit but you can lean against something to help keep comfortable
breathe comfortably , and listen to the inner voice in your head
be aware of every little thought that passes
try to see what you think about
see how these thoughts make you feel
@fucksake, @whiteoak, @stfrancis, @drallarnnat, @zachrie, @oze-mask, @oze-mask,
Here’s how I felt when I joined High Existence.
There are some tools that can help you achieve a meditative state, but you should have a primary goal, once entered.
It’s nice to ask yourself questions, when meditating, that you aren’t really sure of the answer of. You would be surprised at what the soul already knows.
It is also nice to just focus on literally nothing, and as expressed occasionally in the media, find your happy place. You can achieve it by thinking the same thought over and over, turning your brain off, googling other options, and maybe just asking yourself the best way to achieve it.
Good luck, I will be sending positive vibes.
@filipek, okay, a kind of wui wei thing. Makes sense since when ideas come into your head it’s never foreced it just pops out from a flash in your mind. Makes me wonder if we should force anything or just guide the forces.
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