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    Re: What is "meditation" and how do you do it?

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    Re: What is "meditation" and how do you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Azvanna View Post
    I think at the moment I'm just really experimenting with a few different methods and finding out what I like to do. I think intense prayer is still my very favourite as I really like to be fully present and pulling the divine into my physical space rather than trying to mentally move to wherever I think it may be.
    This sounds like what (I've been told) the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) do.
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    Re: What is "meditation" and how do you do it?

    Here's a good article:

    What to Do With Your Mind During Meditation

    While You Meditate
    One of the common mistakes people make when beginning a meditation practice is believing that it is simply a way to turn off your mind. Your mind is a radiant, brilliant, amazing thing and there is no off switch. Meditation is not about zoning out and becoming a vegetable. You can befriend yourself in meditation, use it to transcend your usual experience, even have a powerful realization depending on what technique you are doing, but let's be clear that your mind will remain "on."

    Another common misconception is that thoughts are bad and we should rid ourselves of thoughts. Our mind cannot stop producing thoughts. It's simply what it does. Often when people discover that there is no off switch in their mind and thoughts continue to come they get discouraged and think they are the worst meditator of all time. There have been thousands of years of meditators and I promise you, you are not the worst. Not by a long shot.
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    Re: What is "meditation" and how do you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    This sounds like what (I've been told) the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) do.
    I hadn't learned what Quakers did before you mentioned them here. It was interesting to read about them though I think I like the exuberance of a church service. I would like to find a nice balance one day.

    Speaking of balance, tonight in my meditation I did my usual mindfulness stuff and focus on the breath stuff. Then I found a place between dreaming and awake. You know those "dreams" you have right before you fall asleep? Well I found a thread somewhere between that state and being awake. It was a nice tension/balance between nodding off and remaining aware.

    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    I like what the author says about keeping the mental pace you achieved during meditation for a little while afterwards. It seems backwards, but i think it's a more efficient state of mind to work from as I make less mistakes. I try to stay in this non-hurried state a lot.

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    Re: What is "meditation" and how do you do it?

    I think that is known as the "Be chill to the max dude,Be the wave" from the surfers book of really cool and happening stuff.
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    Re: What is "meditation" and how do you do it?

    For me, a big part of meditation and prayer has been to try to remain aware of the presence of the Divine and the thread of life even when I haven't turned my mind to it.

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    I have always found music helps me, I usually find a good rhythmic sound in tone I feel fits what I am attempting to do and let my mind focus on the rhythm.

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    Re: What is "meditation" and how do you do it?

    Only slighted related, but with this many people interested in Meditation, why don't we have a PF meditation challenge? Meditate 10 minutes a day, 30 days, or something?
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    Re: What is "meditation" and how do you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Azvanna View Post
    Speaking of balance, tonight in my meditation I did my usual mindfulness stuff and focus on the breath stuff. Then I found a place between dreaming and awake. You know those "dreams" you have right before you fall asleep? Well I found a thread somewhere between that state and being awake. It was a nice tension/balance between nodding off and remaining aware.
    If you want to research that state a bit (and it is actually useful in several, like as a way to begin lucid dreaming), that dream state is called "hypnogogic" (when they happen whirl falling sleep) or "hypnopompic" (when they occur while waking up).

    Most people go through it on their way to dreamland, but, generally, short term memory isn't working in that condition, unless you wake up during it.

    Did you get weird distorted faces? They are common...

    The Mystery of Hypnagogia
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