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11 September 2012
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I'll never be able to meditate. I can't seriously focus on something for more than two minutes, and I can't stop from moving for two seconds. I'll stick to sleeping for relaxing. ahdn_paul_01

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11 September 2012
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This is all great info and well timed. I have been considering meditation lately – thanks for the input, everyone.

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20 September 2012
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Joe (and anybody else) – did you look on the site and the article about the different types? How´s it going?

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24 September 2012
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I didn't, but I will. I've been a bit busy lately.

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11 October 2012
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I'd love to get into it at some point-"Living in the Material World" in particular has made me want to try connecting with my "inner self" and view the world in a different way. Problem is, I have a very busy mind and it generally takes a lot to get me "in the zone" with this sort of thing without distraction.

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11 October 2012
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I read through the site that Emily posted, and it had some pretty good information in it.  I have been practicing simple meditation daily now for a while, and its helped me.  I have a pretty "go go go" kind of mind, and when I started higher level courses at college I felt like I was falling apart.  So to be able to stop for an amount of time each day and pull things back together has helped me a lot.  I am a lot more organized and less forgetful.  Also, I bought a copy of "Bhagavad-Gita" about 4 years ago in Miami, and just started it yesterday so we'll see what road that takes me down.  

13 October 2012
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I think ''Living in the material world'' was probably the thing that finally pushed me to try it too, I had being thinking about if for ages but I started to do it it shortly after that, I think.

I´m glad it is has helped you linkjws.

 

Must meditate again soon, I have been so busy recently I haven´t had the time. It is interesting though because as I haven´t meditated for a little while, I can sense that I´m a little less impatient and my emotions are a bit all over the place whereas usually they´re under control.

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15 December 2012
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I do it sometimes, I plan to do it more with the new year. It actually helps me a lot.

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17 December 2012
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BUMP

I wish I had meditated today, I really could have used it. On top of stress at school and at home, I had that school shooting on my mind this weekend. When I heard about the bomb threat during the vigil, that just set me off. The things I prayed would happen to the guy who phoned it in… 

 

I'm listening to A Day In The Life. It just feels right.

"I'd tell her I love her, but she'd only reject me in the end and I'd be frustrated. That's why I play guitar; it's my active compensatory factor" -Ringo said something like this once, I changed it up a bit.
19 December 2012
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Sorry you had a bad day. a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

I've found myself chanting the Hare Krishna mantra in my head when I'm frustrated or feel myself getting upset. It really works.

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21 April 2013
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This thread hasn't been touched in a while, and I read this article earlier, which I found interesting. In case anyone happens to be interested…

http://www.mayoclinic.com/heal…..on/HQ01070

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22 April 2013
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I've done Zen Buddhist and walking meditation. Most often I do centering prayer (Christian contemplation). Like you, Emily, I can notice myself becoming impatient and my mind racing when I don't do it as often, although I am generally a calm person. I don't like being around people who talk all the time or who are always distracted. I'm an introvert, who has to recharge by spending time alone after being with people. I'm always searching for quiet spaces. I'm happiest when I get beyond my ego, beyond my thoughts, to a place of pure experience. This doesn't happen all the time, but when it does it's very rewarding.

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22 April 2013
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I have, but not in a while although I probably should because of school and work; however, I just don't have the time.

22 April 2013
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I can't meditate. I can't stop my "inner monologue," or whatever it's called.

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22 April 2013
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I used to meditate a lot when I was about fourteen/fifteen.  I was much more spiritual like that when I was a teenager.  In the last half a year or so I have become a lot more peaceful and patient, my boss even said that I've turned a new leaf (it's his nice way of saying that I've been way less of a bitch, and he's right).  I've also been reading "Many Years From Now" and just finished the part about India and meditation.  I really want to get back into it, it would be a really good time in my life for it.  I wanna chase that feeling.. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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22 April 2013
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Expert Textpert said
I've done Zen Buddhist and walking meditation. Most often I do centering prayer (Christian contemplation). Like you, Emily, I can notice myself becoming impatient and my mind racing when I don't do it as often, although I am generally a calm person. I don't like being around people who talk all the time or who are always distracted. I'm an introvert, who has to recharge by spending time alone after being with people. I'm always searching for quiet spaces. I'm happiest when I get beyond my ego, beyond my thoughts, to a place of pure experience. This doesn't happen all the time, but when it does it's very rewarding.

As you've said, I seem to be quite similar to you. My two best friends are very talkative, sometimes noisy people (although very nice), and after spending time with them I seek a quite place where I just read or sometimes just rest my mind. It sounds a bit exaggerated but I've found meditation very useful in this circumstance. That's why I get frustrated when I can't do it, because I know it would do me good, and I'd feel much better afterwards.

I find walking meditation to be quite an ''easy'' one to do, and one I do often as I'm going about my daily stuff. Walking between classes, to and from school, etc. I just watch my steps and focus all my attention on them.

I'm glad you've tried it and you're benefiting from it apple01

 

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23 April 2013
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I found this quote helpful, once I allowed it to sink in:

"There are, strictly speaking, no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity." --Shunryu Suzuki

It is similar to this quote by Thomas Merton:  "Thank God I am like other men, that I am only a man among other men."

 

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23 April 2013
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I suffer awfully from anxiety and nerves (I have a fear of failing) so before exams/auditions I always wake up early to meditate even for 10-15 minutes, it calms me right down and I often get better results in tests etc. if I've meditated beforehand. I sometimes do it in science and French (of all classes) with my friends by chanting in my head or muttering chants or mantras under my breath. It really zones you out sometimes and I've had teachers walk right up to my desk and yell KATIE! and I'll snap out of it and say "yes?" I blame George though it was him that got me interested in meditation a-hard-days-night-george-10

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23 April 2013
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^

I'm the same. People always describe me as ''a very nervous person''.

Meditation seems very interesting to me and I really want to get into it but I don't know how and where to begin.

23 April 2013
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Linde said
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I'm the same. People always describe me as ''a very nervous person''.

Meditation seems very interesting to me and I really want to get into it but I don't know how and where to begin.

It's easy, but difficult at the same time.  All you do is sit still for about 25 minutes and do nothing except focus on yourself breathing in and breathing out.  You will have a tendency to start thinking about things, and that is called the "monkey mind." You can't be angry at the monkey, you have to just go back to focusing on the breath.  If the monkey won't be quiet, you can give him a banana (a mantra, which is something you repeat over and over to keep the monkey busy).

Another way to think of it is to see your thoughts as clouds passing, and say something to yourself like "I am not the clouds. I am the clear, blue sky."

But you always return to the breath, or to the silence.

You can say your mantra silently and divide it so that it is partly on the in-breath, and partly on the out-breath.  Some examples are Ami-tabha (Amitabha is the Buddha of infinite light, infinite love, and infinite life). A Christian example is Mara-natha (Maranatha means Our Lord cometh in Greek).

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