One method of meditation. Any better ways to meditate? Please share!

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Hendershot Realty

 

The most commonly used method for meditation is to sit on the floor with your legs crossed (or sit in a chair, or lay down, depending on what is comfortable), and then quiet yourself and remain there. This will feel incredibly unnatural at first. You will likely experience an urge to move around, to scratch, or to get up and do something. You may even experience some anxiety. This is okay. The nature of the task is to simply observe these urges and sensations as they occur, and then to let them go when they are no longer urgent. Don't act on these urges, but instead simply observe them. A variety of thoughts and feelings will parade through your mind making their usual demands; your task is to observe them rather than to respond to them. Hold on to nothing; just watch. If you get distracted and start acting on an urge, just note that this occurred and go back to your watching. Sit there and observe for 5 minutes (set a timer so you don't have to watch the clock - which will kill the experience). When the timer goes off, get up and go about your business.

Meditation is not something that will pay off quickly. In fact, it will take quite a long time of regular practice before you will "get it" and start feeling the benefits it has to offer. Practice meditating every day at a regular time, for a regular duration. Remain alert during your practice; do not go to sleep! Be patient. Ultimately, your perspective will start to evolve and you will grow more able to choose your moods and reactions instead of them choosing you. Meditation practitioners typically report feeling much calmer than they did prior to meditation, and much more focused and clear-minded.

Comments (7)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Eva, I don't know if you have read the book Eat, Pray, Love but it is excellent for really learning about Meditation (which is definitely difficult for some).  Good methods you've posted, thank you!
Jan 24, 2008 10:37 AM
Kathi Frank
Kate Writes Right - Houston Heights, TX
The Woodlands TX
Hello Eva, It is amazing that I find your post on this day.  A few years ago I practiced meditation for a minimum of 20 minutes, atleast 4 times each week.  The reason why it was so beneficial is my nature is to be constantly on the go.  No matter how long I get into the practice of meditation, it never becomes easy to do.  However, I do find myself able to chose my priorities with greater clarity...and for an adult with borderline ADHD, better choices make for a better life.  I have renewed my commitment to meditate this week and it is a resolution that I intend to keep.
Jan 24, 2008 10:39 AM
Mr. Shawn Smith
smith inc. - Crenshaw, CA

i try to focus on meditating and sometimes the feeling is so overwelming it makes a bad day go good

Jan 24, 2008 10:48 AM
Eva Hutchinson
Century 21 Hendershot Realty - Madisonville, TN

Thank you very much Carole! By any chance do you know the author?

Jan 24, 2008 11:09 AM
Eva Hutchinson
Century 21 Hendershot Realty - Madisonville, TN
Thanks Kathi. Sometimes just concentrating on your breathing for a couple of minutes relaxes you as well. While you are concentrating on inhale and exhale , the brain won't allowed any other thinking. If I wonder off sometimes from my breathing to thinking, I gently pull my attention back to my breathing. It also helps me to fall asleep.
Jan 24, 2008 11:19 AM
Eva Hutchinson
Century 21 Hendershot Realty - Madisonville, TN
Thank Mr. Shawn Smith for your comment. It happens to me all the time... bad days gogood.
Jan 24, 2008 11:22 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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