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24 April 2013
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Thanks for the tips, Expert Textpert!

Anyone else know any good mantras?

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24 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.

If I could just add to the good advice given by Expert Textpert, try focusing on the flame of a candle if closing your eyes is a bit too difficult. I often do this if my mind is particularly active.

And Autumn, I do know some mantras but I'd rather not say as they have grown to mean something special to me, and I've never said them out loud. If you really want to learn some though, loads will come up if you do a Google search (ah, the brilliance of modern technology).

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25 April 2013
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For those looking for help from meditation with things like stress and anxiety, I would direct them to a form called Mindfulness. Developed from Buddhist meditation, it is now regularly used in psychological treatments, and was something I was taught when in hospital a couple of years ago to help with my stress and anxiety. I will do one or two exercises most days, and find it helps a great deal.

A website I would highly recommend is

http://www.freemindfulness.org/home

Not only does it provide a better explanation of it than I could, but it has a free resources section which allows you to download mp3 guided exercises lasting between 3 and 30 minutes. Often, when I am on the bus or something, getting stressed, I will pop on a 3 or 5 minute exercise through the headphones and go through it without anyone knowing.

The Wikipedia article is also very informative on its roots, its uses and what it can help with.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M…..chology%29

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25 April 2013
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Yes, mindfulness is very helpful.  You can bring mindfulness to every aspect of your life. We practiced mindful eating at a meditation retreat I went to and I ate less and every bite tasted great. I recommend the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

26 April 2013
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Thanks to mja and Expert Textpert! (And I completely understand, Emily. apple01)

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26 April 2013
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Always a pleasure, Egroeg. The Mindfulness site is one I have found very useful, especially since my use of meditation is more medicinal than spiritual.

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9 May 2013
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Egroeg Evoli said
Thanks for the tips, Expert Textpert!

Anyone else know any good mantras?

 

I think the best mantra is the one you create yourself. It doesn' t matter what it is as long as you like it, resonates with you and (I prefer) it' s meaningful. The idea of the mantra is basically just to focus when your mind wanders. My mantra for example is an expression in German that means "You have to be dead to live".

I meditate listening to Chopin music (I tried the Beatles but they are too distracting). I do it basically to get past life memories, although with no good results yet, I' m too much of a left brainer with a predominant neocortex to let myself go. I end up getting my past life memories through dreams but no through meditation.

10 May 2013
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Thanks for the tips mja and Expert! They really helped and I started practising it. Though I find it very hard (guess I just need some practise) I do notice it's very calming. 

Now I'm totally going to do more research.

 

10 May 2013
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Linde said
Thanks for the tips mja and Expert! They really helped and I started practising it. Though I find it very hard (guess I just need some practise) I do notice it's very calming. 

Now I'm totally going to do more research.

 

That's great!

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31 May 2013
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I'm reading a book at the moment which is to help you ''return to your true self''. It's a little difficult to explain but it's supposed to help you see things more clearly and love yourself, and therefore others, by connecting to your higher guidance. At first, I thought it was a book written by somebody religious so I was surprised to learn that, actually, your higher guidance is inside of you, inside everyone, it's just that some people either choose to ignore it or are completely unaware of its existence. Anyway, the author wrote a little tip, and I thought some of you here would be interested, if you don't already do this. She said to imagine your heart being full of a warm golden light, and to imagine that light spreading out and bathing your body, and (if you want to) to say the phrase (I have to paraphrase slightly here) ''today I wish nothing more than to feel my true love and my true self inside of me'', or something along those lines – whatever suits you. I've been doing it for 24 h and I don't want to say that I feel any better about myself or others already but, I do feel a bit different today.

Anyway, there's a tip, if you happen to have a few moments spare at any one point in your stressful, or simply dull day.

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31 May 2013
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The actual quote is quite different to what I put, sorry. It's: "To the depth of my being, more than anything else today, I choose to experience the love that I am".
(I'm on my iPod so I couldn't simply edit my original post).

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11 August 2013
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How wonderful (and unexpected!) to find a thread about meditation on this site? 

I am just getting back into it after a long lapse as I need to do something about chronic anxiety.

Thanks fabfouremily!

That's a wonderful tip about the warm golden light – it really helps.   heart

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11 August 2013
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^^ Glad to see this thread has been found again. I'd even forgotten about it myself!

Happy to help in any way, LadyBay. I do the light thing and some deep breathing every time I feel a bit anxious or if I feel I'm getting upset. It helps me, so I hope it does you. heart

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11 August 2013
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Oh hey great to see this topic back again, I had completely forgotten about meditation, but maybe it's just what I need right now.

The book you're describing, Emily, sounds really helpful. Especially right now, as I'm dealing with personal issues. I haven't quite felt like myself lately and am getting more and more insecure. I've always been firmly sure of who and what I am, but right now I feel as if I'm losing sight of that. Could you tell me the title and author of the book? It might help.

I'll also try your tip about the golden light.

 

12 August 2013
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Really sorry to hear that Linde – I have been through times like that myself so I hope the book and meditation helps.

"Try to realise it's all within yourself - no-one else can make you change"

12 August 2013
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Linde said
Oh hey great to see this topic back again, I had completely forgotten about meditation, but maybe it's just what I need right now.

The book you're describing, Emily, sounds really helpful. Especially right now, as I'm dealing with personal issues. I haven't quite felt like myself lately and am getting more and more insecure. I've always been firmly sure of who and what I am, but right now I feel as if I'm losing sight of that. Could you tell me the title and author of the book? It might help.

I'll also try your tip about the golden light.

 

Sorry to hear you're troubled at the moment. The book is called 'Coming Home – the return to true self', by an author named Martia Nelson. 

It's not a long book but I've been reading it slowly for a few months now. I think it's the kind of thing you should read bit by bit. I've found it to be very helpful and interesting, and I hope it helps you. heart

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13 August 2013
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Thank you so much! Will see if they have it here in the library (probably not -__-)!

 

Yeah it's probably best to take things like that slow to take in everything you've read really well.

13 August 2013
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^^ It would surprise me a lot if they did have it there. My sister bought it for me off some website (which she can't remember the name of) that only sells books to do with self-help, spirituality and psychology – 3 things I have a big interest in.

Good luck anyway, though. Maybe you could try Amazon, too? If not, I could send it to you once I've finished it, if you like. 

EDIT: I had a look on Waterstones, a British bookshop, for you. They have it there. I dunno about delivery, though.

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14 August 2013
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Maybe they have it in one of the ''spiritual'' shops in my town. They have a lot of books. Anyway, I'll certainly look for it and if I really can't find it anywhere, I could always look for something similar.

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