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Blunny says

I listen to music on my own and think EDIT: Does that count?

I actually think of meditation as the opposite of thinking.

Would be interesting to hear what people consider to be meditation and how do they meditate.

EDIT: ...and just to clarify, I consider thinking to be when I start to verbalize thoughts in my mind.

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Christopher_Boswell says

Oooooohhhhhmmmmmmmm…....

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Softwebmedia says

Yes, I am doing daily 30 minutes in meditation center. My meditation method name is Samarpan mediation. Website : http://www.samarpanmeditation.org

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partnuz says

And this one is for advanced

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Ediartss says

But how do you meditate? for me it’s impossible to not think in something xD

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VisualSharing says

But how do you meditate? for me it’s impossible to not think in something xD

That’s exactly the lost skill that meditation helps you regain. Then you do everything twice as better. Otherwise you think of that little voice inside as “me” and do whatever it commands you to.

“All of man’s troubles come from his inability to sit alone, quietly, in a room, for any length of time.” – Blaise Pascal

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KurtBilisim says

Actually, I am interested in this. I am usually having hard times deciding what to do or concentrating on the task at hand. I tried some approaches I read on the net but couldn’t achieve much so far. What is a good way to do it, could you share some methods and preferably URLs? Internet is full of rubbish and I’d like some working examples. (Preferably free since I don’t want to take paid courses and stuff)

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VisualSharing says

Actually, I am interested in this. I am usually having hard times deciding what to do or concentrating on the task at hand. I tried some approaches I read on the net but couldn’t achieve much so far. What is a good way to do it, could you share some methods and preferably URLs? Internet is full of rubbish and I’d like some working examples. (Preferably free since I don’t want to take paid courses and stuff)

In this post I have mentioned some links, along with a bit of a background and a disclaimer, so everyone can decide if that’s suitable for them, or not.

The only recommendation I can have is to make sure it is a traditional approach, whatever teaching it represents, and that the teacher behaves as the meditation suggests (i.e. you might want to stay away from a tired, angry or anxious instructor).

Yet, here is a simple Om video that you can chant along, to easily tune yourself into a frequency, much more natural than the freak-out state we are usually in. According to many teachings, Om is the sound of the universe that creates anything and can be heard everywhere. Bells produce that sound, that’s why they are so used in most spiritual practices. When you chant it with a calm mind, you align your energies (that’s why a straight spine is required, whether you sit on pillows, in full lotus or on a chair) and allow your body to clean itself – physically, emotionally, mentally, energetically. Doesn’t help you directly look inside what’s going on, though. But a calm mind is required in the first place, if one wants to understand things more clearly.

Here is another widespread form of meditation: Zazen.

I am also very interested to know, what types of meditation do others practice?

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Blunny says

I don’t follow any particular method. I just try to empty my mind. Being a female, I think all the time and also analyze everything way too much. It doesn’t make life easy, so I’ve really tried to simplify my approach.

Depending on what I need, I might either just try to stop thinking and just let go of every thought that comes into my mind. I acknowledge it, but then let go of it. This can produce some interesting stuff that’s been hidden and/or suppressed :-)

Sometimes I focus on just feeling. Either mindfulness, so that I just acknowledge everything that comes through my senses, but don’t think about it, or then I simulate a feeling, like imagine being loved totally and unconditionally.

If I’m feeling too emotional or fearful or in pain, I mentally step back and just observe my human condition. Not sure if this would be called meditation, but it is very useful and helps with overcoming difficult situations as you have another perspective. Not everything in life is supposed to be enjoyable, but even the most painful experiences can be enjoyed when you look at it from a completely detached and non-judgemental perspective. It offers a very deep feeling of understanding and compassion.

Another great way to stop thinking is to just dance! Just let the music take over and let your enjoyment come through. Unless you have a set choreography, you generally don’t think while dancing. You just let go.

So I’m not sure if any of this would be called meditation or not, but that’s what I do. Oh, and occasionally yoga, but generally I have a hard time focusing during that.

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