Meditation

jeffrey_ad
jeffrey_ad Posts: 724 Member
Does anyone have a regular meditation practice? What are your strategies?

I meditated fairly frequently last year, but not as much recently. Iโ€™m trying to start up again. Going for two ten minute sessions per day to start.

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  • apullum
    apullum Posts: 4,888 Member
    I started with Eight Minute Meditation over the summer and was really pleased with it. I was surprised by how much it helped me sleep. Now that the fall semester has started (I'm a faculty member), things have been very hectic and I haven't made time for meditation unless I go to yoga. I've been doing that twice a week, so shavasana is the closest I'm currently getting to a meditation practice.

    I would personally find two ten minute sessions per day to be too much for my current routine, and I would get discouraged if I didn't do the full amount I had committed to, so I'd probably start with just a 5-10 minute practice once a day. You can always add time as you go.
  • M4r3z
    M4r3z Posts: 7 Member
    I started with 10 minute session on my own in a quiet place and said a mantra to help clear my mind. Then as got more into it I read up on and watched videos on different meditative techniques. I was in a bad mental state before I started this and now I will try different techniques depending on what I want to get out of it at the time. I do believe it has helped me at least and fully support it.
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 22,909 Member
    I meditated regularly in the distant past as part of a (then) consistent yoga practice. I've tried but had trouble adopting a regular meditation practice, just skirmishes with it since. I know it's good for me, but I have difficulty sticking with it.

    I do use the techniques moderately often in certain situations (difficulty getting back to sleep, waiting such as in a doctor's office with 'nothing to do', etc.) Usually, that's just some combination/variations of body scan, watching the breath, meaningless mantra (a la the "relaxation response" method, not TM), alternate nostril breathing, extended mindful focus on (something).

    Now, I'm sort of trying again to establish a practice, using an app with the hope that it'll help me create some structure/commitment. (So far, I don't really like the app approach, not so much because of the specific app, but because I don't like the "guidedness" of it. It annoys me when calming-voice-guy reminds me to return my attention to my breath, and distracts me from my attention to my breath. ๐Ÿ˜† I'm trying to hang in there, though.)

    With the caveat that I'm not a very spiritual person, I'll recommend a book I really liked when I read it a while back, Lawrence LeShan's "How to Meditate". It's a short (176pp), readable, no-nonsense intro to a whole bunch of different meditation methods from various traditions (some of them spiritual ๐Ÿ˜‰, including meditation practices of some Christian saints).
  • elisa123gal
    elisa123gal Posts: 4,109 Member
    I watched "Headspace" on Netflix ... a three part quick series taught by a former monk. I highly suggest it... He explains meditation, its benefits on the brain ..and how to do it.. and he makes it super easy. It is interesting and I feel like it is helping me in keeping my mind from worry and racing.
  • Xerogs
    Xerogs Posts: 275 Member
    I was doing 20 minute sitting meditation sessions daily in my art studio for many years until recently and then its sort of tapered off. I was planning on starting up again during my winter break. The person who taught me to meditate used to always say if you're making excuses about not having enough time to meditate that is when you really need to do it. It's always rang true for me.

    As far as strategies...I just make sure to have a dedicated space in my studio with my zafu and zabuton and I use either the Insight timer app since you can set bell intervals and meditate virtually with others or I have an electromechanical chime I can use as well when I don't want a phone near me. I will also meditate when I wake up in the morning if my dogs don't jump all over me but there is risk I will fall back asleep so its not the best option. I just have to do it and keep doing it until it becomes part of my routine.

    When I was in class we read a number of books but the one that resonated with me the most was True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art. I can post the others when I get home from work if you like.
  • rosebarnalice
    rosebarnalice Posts: 3,449 Member
    I do what I call "integrated" meditation.

    It started with using an alphabet of short alliterative affirmations to keep track of my laps when I swim (e.g accept abundance, accept abundance . . . breath and balance, breath and balance) .

    Then I started using these same affirmations with simple box breathing to self-calm when stressed-- from a minute or two before a big meeting to 20-30 minutes lying in bed when I experience a bout of insomnia.

    Now I find myself unconsciously drifting to some of my favorites (grounded in gratitude and growing in grace, working for wellness, worthy of wonder) when I'm stuck in traffic, or out for a walk in the woods, or just sitting in the living room gazing at the holiday decorations.

  • Hollis100
    Hollis100 Posts: 1,355 Member
    Meditating this morning in my car while I wait for an appointment. Pouring rain and cold here.

    Completely distracted by a crow walking around the parking lot looking for food, so I stopped meditating, searched the car, opened a packaged snack, and tossed some cheddar cheese cubes to the crow. He/she ate them all, flew off, and returned a few minutes later with another crow friend/mate. I put some dry cat food out at the edge of the lot. The crows are waiting on utility lines but haven't come back down. Alas, this is the story of meditation.

    Back to meditation. Relaxing the tension in my muscles, focusing on breathing, listening, dividing my attention equally between my body and a tree outside the car, which takes me out of my head.

    The crow flew down and is chowing down on the cat food!

    Happy New Year, folks.
  • Hollis100
    Hollis100 Posts: 1,355 Member
    I do what I call "integrated" meditation.

    It started with using an alphabet of short alliterative affirmations to keep track of my laps when I swim (e.g accept abundance, accept abundance . . . breath and balance, breath and balance) .

    Then I started using these same affirmations with simple box breathing to self-calm when stressed-- from a minute or two before a big meeting to 20-30 minutes lying in bed when I experience a bout of insomnia.

    Now I find myself unconsciously drifting to some of my favorites (grounded in gratitude and growing in grace, working for wellness, worthy of wonder) when I'm stuck in traffic, or out for a walk in the woods, or just sitting in the living room gazing at the holiday decorations.

    I love these, thanks for posting them.
  • Hollis100
    Hollis100 Posts: 1,355 Member
    Xerogs wrote: ยป
    When I was in class we read a number of books but the one that resonated with me the most was True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art. I can post the others when I get home from work if you like.

    Yes, please post the books when you have time.

  • Goddess_Atalanta
    Goddess_Atalanta Posts: 7 Member
    I use the Calm app daily if possible. I particularly like the "How to Meditate" series by Jeff Warren; each meditation is between 10-15 minutes.
    Alternatively, you can always focus on counting your breaths if you're not into guided meditations. To avoid focusing on the number too much, just count 1 to 4 and then start again.
  • Walkywalkerson
    Walkywalkerson Posts: 319 Member
    I used to practice Vipassana meditation in India and would like to get back into it.

    https://www.dhamma.org/en/index
  • Br00klynbaby90
    Br00klynbaby90 Posts: 60 Member
    I have been meditating daily and use insight timer and love this app add me if you'd like to talk about meditation mindfulness and gratitude ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป
  • Xellercin
    Xellercin Posts: 360 Member
    I do Headspace every day while doing physiotherapy. I have one stretch, which basically consists of lying flat with my neck on a stretching thing for 15-20 minutes a day, so I put on Headspace and get a 2 for 1 out of it.
  • work_again
    work_again Posts: 113 Member
    edited January 14
    I went really disciplined at meditating a few years ago, and still use it at times of high anxiety. I didn't specfically use it for fitness as much as for overall wellnes. I really like Dan Harris' story, and his app 10 percent happier app can be really helpful. I even had the subscription for a while.
  • tonymags
    tonymags Posts: 4 Member
    Waking Up app by Sam Harris - no brainer (see what I did there) His app is awesome detailed explains how the brain works in relation to meditation and my daily 10mins (morning) really makes a difference. I also use my Oura ring to keep on top of how well I sleep which is a game changer...