Meditation: How in the WORLD do I start?!

3 years, 10 months ago

Um, so I want to begin meditating but I have no where to begin. Well I do.. sit on the floor for 30 minutes and breathe in and out focusing on my breaths. Correct? And what about yoga, is there any difference? I am a college student (home for the summer) and need something that would work for my lifestyle: busy, not ALWAYS a quiet place, sharing my dorm with a roommate, etc. I can find a quiet place at home sometimes.. Also, is it best to meditate/ practice yoga in quiet or with light background music?

Thanks! :)

PS.. It would help if you maybe gave me some examples of how You began meditating? How was it? Did yo remember to keep doing it daily?

May 21, 2011 at 4:27 am

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Profile photo of Em Em (@emily) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

Hi Simone, nice to meet you ;P If you search the discussions you will find some good advice about meditating techniques. My answer to your question..umm..yes there is a difference with meditating & yoga. Meditating could be just sitting or laying, focusing inward…yoga is incorporating your whole body into it, so you’re bending & shaping your body while you’re meditating.. I recently starting doing something called “hot yoga” where you do yoga, but it’s in a heated room so you’re almost doing it in a sauna. I love it…totally recommend it if it’s near you.. In terms of just meditating, you can do it when there’s noise around,….the ‘key’ to meditating is clearing your mind…not letting your mind control your attention…but letting your attention control your mind to be quiet. Your mind seriously has to ‘be quiet,’ that’s the point.
I meditated best in the morning, right after a shower, or right after I woke up, in the middle of my bedroom floor, with one candle & Mickey Harts Planet Drum. You’ll feel the benefits.. go for it, & welcome to HE :)

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Profile photo of Nature Nature (@stefan) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

Hello hello.
There are different approaches to the meditative states, and focusing on the breathe is one of them. You can sit in any comfortable position (on the knees, lotus, half lotus, cross legged, even on a chair). Eyes closed, take longer and deeper breathe, so your stomach expands, not your chest. Hold it in for about 2 seconds, and exhale slowly. Focus on the breathe, be conscious. When thoughts come up, observe them without judgement. Do nothing else, just be the observer, the consciousness. Keep your spine straight. I’d say 10 mins is enough, but if you feel like doing more thats even better! You can put some relaxing sounds like this:

Or some ambient noise, like waterfall sounds and etc. It is not necessary (provided that the place is silent), but its more fun.

If a session doesn’t go well, don’t look back at it and judge it. Sometimes you will feel like you’ve had a ”useless” meditative session. But its not. Think about meditation for a long term goal, not something that you do and will instantly be better. There were times which I felt like I was going nowhere because I had boring sessions. But all you have to do is continue your daily meditation.

I started around half a year ago, and I have to say it is very, very, very, very, very amazing.
The first few times I wasn’t doing it well, my back was so curved (I realized cuz i took a video:p). During the first few times, I’ve had times of bliss while meditating, I’ve had them a lot of times, they come quite often. You will feel completely at peace. You’ll know the feeling, as long as you keep on meditating, every day! Every day! Every day! Don’t make excuses to skip a session, unless you really, really don’t feel like it.

Also, It’s great to add some visualization. For example, as you inhale, imagine you are taking in all the positivity, and as you exhale, you are releasing all the negativity which you hold within you. Trust me, after 10 minutes of doing this, you will find it very fun, bliss.

Time is very hard to take track of. Sometimes I felt like I was meditating for 5 minutes, when in fact I was for 20. And sometimes It felt like 20, when it was only 5.

I suggest you go on http://www.project-meditation.org, and go on the forums. You can read their discussions and ask them questions. It helped me a lot, and these guys are amazing.

Peace=]

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Profile photo of paul_g paul_g (@paulg) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

hi simone, and welcome! yes search the discussions. i get 841 hits for “meditation” on HE :) … which again lets me stress the need for a new innovative wiki-forum-mix this site needs and which i haven’t seen anywhere else before. so my tips were here: http://www.highexistence.com/discussions/topic/meditation-tips/?topic_page=1&num=15#post-8829
have fun meditating!

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Profile photo of Michael Michael (@mklrivpwner) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

There’s a meditation that was taught to my by a buddhist professor in college that I use, mostly because it caters to my ADD mind. And I’ve augmented it slightly with things I picked up from reading (Especially Thich Nhat Hahn).

Sit down on the floor or a cushion cross-legged and close your eyes. Place your hands in your lap, palms facing each other, finger tips lightly touching. Take deep slow breathes. I don’t count, because that’s simply one extra thing your mind doesn’t need to focus on. With each breathe in, repeat “Hello feet, i acknowledge you.” With each breathe out, repeat “Relax, I am letting you go.” Start at you feet and do this for every part of your body right on up to your head, face, mouth, nose, ears, eyes. After I’m done this, I let all of my energy well up, focusing it like a light. For me, it was a lump in my throat, for a friend of mine who I taught this meditation to, it was in their solar plexus, for the man who taught me, it was in his forehead. When you have this energy focused, concentrate on moving it down your arms and into your hands. Focus on forming it into a ball. At this point it can get a little weird for people new to it, your hands will actually push apart because of the ball of light. It’s normal, be happy, let that ball of light grow to where it wants, but don’t let it go, and don’t let it ‘steal your objective’. Just think about the light. There is nothing you have to worry about, nothing you have to do, nothing at all, just light. You disappear and there is only light. After a few minutes, ‘pull’ the light back into yourself.

It’s a pretty simple relaxation meditation, and other objectives can be added while you have your ball.

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Profile photo of Simone N.B. Simone N.B. (@chocolateme) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

Thanks everyone :) That did help.. Well I’m going to start soon. And the music above helped a lot. I also found an “ambience” station on pandora as well!

And the breathing methods seems like something I would be able to do. My problem is really always keeping my mind clear, but I guess THAT part will just come with practice. But I will def take all of this advice into consideration when I meditate.

Thanks again :) <3

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Profile photo of Zon Zon (@ozon) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

to try and sum up my understanding of meditation i’ll shorten the story of the two Zen monks who both enjoyed a cigarette…

you can’t smoke while you meditate but you can most definitely meditate while you smoke.

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Profile photo of Sen Sen (@spoiledyogini) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

Hey Simone…

For me, the combination of Yoga and Pranayam has given my meditation much more depth.

Sen

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Profile photo of james james (@jamieeatsworld) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

How’d you got started into Yoga Sen? If you don’t mind me asking :b I might go get some old VHS’ haha

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Profile photo of Syn.Ther. Syn.Ther. (@luna) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

Just sit down and listen to yourself, if there is silence then youre there ;)

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@chocolateme, This is how I mediate.
First, I sit on a comfortable position.
Second, I think of nothing.

Very simple.

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