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

    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    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
    That's so cool ^.^ I'm not sure if I got quite to that stage by the description. My body felt fairly normal apart for my brain being half asleep. I did see stranger's faces and one I remember really well. I also remember being in a cane field that was partly harvested and seeing a dead body which my dream-self believed was someone close to her. I really don't know what I did but I know I wasn't asleep but it wasn't like my normal meditations.

    Mindfulness meditations I can do pretty well, but this was something different and I'm not even sure if it's called meditation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    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?
    I would like to do this. I need some accountability!

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    Corbin, also thank you for that link I'll be reading through that in depth.

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    Also, just wondering is the Astral body supposed to be absolutely humongous? As in so huge there is no way it could fit on this planet if it were matter... The back story to this question is kind of complicated, so just take the question at face value ^.^

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

    Yoga nidra seems also to be a label for almost any kind of body scan techniques nowadays... I tried to find a proper yoga nidra instruction on Youtube once but must of them were just generic relaxation tracks with new age music. But perhaps anything that puts a person into a relaxed state will do the trick.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Näre View Post
    Yoga nidra seems also to be a label for almost any kind of body scan techniques nowadays... I tried to find a proper yoga nidra instruction on Youtube once but must of them were just generic relaxation tracks with new age music. But perhaps anything that puts a person into a relaxed state will do the trick.
    I'm not surprised if the meaning has been corrupted. I don't know much about it, though...
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    Re: What is "meditation" and how do you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Näre View Post
    Yoga nidra seems also to be a label for almost any kind of body scan techniques nowadays... I tried to find a proper yoga nidra instruction on Youtube once but must of them were just generic relaxation tracks with new age music. But perhaps anything that puts a person into a relaxed state will do the trick.
    So, I looked up this page to try to find what is the practise of Yoga Nidra as opposed to the state of Yoga Nidra. Information overload! There is so much information. Swami J makes the point that Yoga Nidra isn't the journey, it's the destination. But, if you keep scrolling, there's a heading: Yoga Nidra Methods of practice. He does qualify the heading by saying
    Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness,
    not the methods that lead you to that state.
    Here's the page: http://www.swamij.com/yoga-nidra.htm#companion

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

    Question to those who meditate - does any of you use some sort of incense or something else that spreads some kind of smell in the place you meditate in?
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    Re: What is "meditation" and how do you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gleb View Post
    Question to those who meditate - does any of you use some sort of incense or something else that spreads some kind of smell in the place you meditate in?
    Yes! I usually use lotus when I'm trying to focus or seeking for knowledge and lavender when I'm trying to relax.

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

    I think of using something that spreads the smell of the sea in order to relax. I just need to fine something like this.
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    Re: What is "meditation" and how do you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gleb View Post
    Question to those who meditate - does any of you use some sort of incense or something else that spreads some kind of smell in the place you meditate in?
    Yes - 6 cats and 2 dogs.
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    Re: What is "meditation" and how do you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gleb View Post
    I think of using something that spreads the smell of the sea in order to relax. I just need to fine something like this.

    unfortunately, nothing really smells like the sea....seriously, everything that is supposed to smell like ocean just smells like soap
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

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