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Have you ever tried meditation? I personally enjoy meditation. Mostly, because it sharpens my awareness, helps with my anxiety, and has trained my brain to be a little less ADD.

If you tried it, did it help? And, what was the process?

silvereyes 8 Mar 15
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When I was younger I was admitted to an institution after a suicide attempt. We did guided meditation and it lead me to a beautiful mental garden where I could even smell the cherry blossoms blooming. They taught us how to get to that happy place any time, and it does help. Sometimes if it's done well enough, you come out with an actual high like if you'd been smoking some really good weed. I haven't done it in many years, maybe I'll try and go back and see if the cherry blossoms are still blooming.

It helped with my anger and my stress levels. It brought me serenity when I was on the verge of snapping. I found it to be immensely helpful.

That's the beauty of it. They are still there. They will always be there

That's beautiful and I'm so glad it helped.
Thanks for sharing.
#AKF

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Yes, for many years, now it is not so much a conscious move, I tend to be in partial meditation mode all the time. Or just being laid back maybe.

Rugglesby Level 8 Mar 15, 2018
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Yes, and yes, and it's a long and perhaps boring story. But I do it to a greater or lesser degree daily and I (try to) practice mindfulness throughout my day.

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How do you do it?

Sarahroo29 Level 8 Mar 15, 2018

My two favorite methods both begin with sitting comfortably, closing your eyes and tightening then relaxing your muscle groups,starting with your toes and moving all the way up to your face. Do one muscle group at a time. Then I either count breaths ,1,2,3,4 over and over focusing on breathing. Or I do "thought watching" you make yourself aware of the thoughts crossing your mind but don't latch on to any of them. Just note them and let them pass.

@Blindbird Oh, okay. I'll try it.

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Been doing visualization meditation for 40 years. It has helped me to stay sane enough to function.

Rudy1962 Level 9 Mar 15, 2018
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See, I'm not sure what people mean when they say meditate.

Are you focusing on a thought? Are you trying to be thoughtless? Are you trying to reach a level of consciousness where you are synonymous with your experience and you lose your sense of self?

Phyphrus Level 5 Mar 15, 2018

All of the above

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I tried it but religion reared its ugly head so that was me finished.

I don't doubt it my love but im disabled and need someone qualified too.

Meditation if not linked to any religion, in fact some xian "churches" preach against meditation... I'm like f'real? I learned some good meditation tips from a study on prayer back in the day.

well that's why i tried it

I get what you're saying Leigh,
Your meditation was being led by someone who threw in religion as part of the process. I understand how that would sour you to the experience.
I think, as we are introduced to new experiences, our personal take on it will certainly be affected by the people we are with (instructor, leader, fellow participant...)
That's unfortunate, but it happens a lot.
I've been turned off of movies that I would otherwise like because I went with friends who pointed out all the things they saw as issues.

it instantly stops me in my tracks like a women telling me she actually has a cock and balls.

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I read that just letting your mind relax and drift while taking a walk outside has the same benefits as taking an official yoga class.
With that definition, I meditate daily and plenty in between.

birdingnut Level 8 Mar 15, 2018
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For me, meditation is like yoga... something I really should be doing more! I used to do both 4x/week (a few years go) and did find that I was more energetic and calm. How to get motivation?

Admin Level 8 Mar 15, 2018
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This right here...

@silvereyes Thanks! I listen to music almost constantly and I love to drive. It's almost become a ritual that on Sunday mornings I'll drive around for 30 minutes too an hour and listen to music. As kind of a thought/mindfulness experiment one morning I started imagining singing the lyrics to my monkey brain. The Beatles "I'm looking through you" was one of the first that struck me. It caused a pretty serious shift in perspective.

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Yes, I've done and I do meditate. Not as regularly as I should. I recommend the book 10% Happier by Dan Harris.

Also when I'm alone, especially in the car not moving in traffic I will do a yoga "om" and I can actually feel my heart rate slow down and is calming. When I do it at home it freaks my cats out which is amusing.

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I was meditating daily for a while there. Just ten minutes a day to calm and refocus my mind. I need to get back into it.

NicThePoet Level 7 Mar 15, 2018
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I've tried guided meditations before because my therapist suggested them but I have a huge issue with intrusive thoughts and I just cannot quiet my brain. The closest I've come is diaphragmatic breathing and just focusing on that but it definitely helps lower my anxiety.

ksmash84 Level 2 Mar 15, 2018

Diaphragmatic breathing is great plus you can do it pretty much anywhere and anytime.

I've used an app called Headspace, I really liked it. Only the first so many are free but you can do them over and over. I think it's a pretty good introduction.

@Fearlessfreep I'll have to check that out!

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I love meditation, but its so difficult for me haha. My brain doesn't like to shut up. Most of the times I try I'm sitting there asking myself "am I meditating yet?" Which doesn't help. But when I quiet myself down it can be so relaxing

I'll have to give it a try!

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I have meditated, but I usually don't any more. My method is to just take a couple deep breaths and adjust my mental focus by force of will.

JimG Level 8 Mar 15, 2018
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I have ADD and I have tried meditation with no success. Focus is something I struggle with, even while playing music. I wish I could make it work for me.

Sticks48 Level 9 Mar 15, 2018
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I used to do it all the time to relax and focus, however, since that point I have found that I no longer have the need to meditate to achieve either of these.

How did you manage that?

@Sticks48 I can bring myself to that state of thought and mental state in a moment at any time.

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I meditated, before sleep, a LOT when I was young and allowed the habit to gradually fade, though I keep some remnants and need to rekindle it.

The process was the active relaxation techniques. Starting with your scalp, visualizing it relaxing, consciously relaxing it, and moving down piece by piece to your shoulders, then down your arms to your hands, then to the chest. Using deep meditative breathing the whole time.

Remnants? I was able to relax to increase blood flow to my arms/hands such that I could intentionally heat my hands and used to be able to force my palms to sweat this way. I can still warm up my hands but not as effectively as I could back in the day.

I keep myself warm, overall, through a practice that I think started from my meditation in youth. Visualization. Specifically, visualizing a warming candle in my chest/heart that keeps me warm. As I get older, I find I want/need a coat more often but rarely do.

I can, and do, raise/lower my blood pressure at will. As with other techniques, either I am getting less facile with this OR my health is getting old enough that this is keeping me from exploding! 🙂 In the military I blew a high BP after a run and was forced to go in to see a medic to get my BP taken 5 times a day for about a week. I would lower my BP for one check. Then raise it. Then lower it, then... you get the idea. The Medic would look at me with the oddest expression while I chortled on the inside. I kept my face impassive. I just used TM techniques to raise/lower... just for fun. I can also affect my heart rate by concentrating on it but, not very well.

I need to get back into this and practice more. It would help me in so many ways.

Gnarloc Level 7 Mar 15, 2018
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I study Wing Chun and Tai Chi so meditation is a real requirement. With an empty mind your body reacts instead of the mind issuing the commands when faced with an attack. I don't really try the whole "reach enlightenment" style of meditation just emptiness when under pressure and the removal of all emotion

AdieG Level 4 Mar 15, 2018
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I do when it comes to my mind to do it. I find it very relaxing and soothing. I don't have any method I use.

DanaCNA Level 4 Mar 15, 2018

Then how do you get to that place?

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at home i usually sit just half an hour in the arvo.

my practical introduction into meditation was through 10-day silent retreats in thai buddhist monasteries; they teach the vipassana way. i love silent retreats &, unlike most participants, are reluctant to enjoy the return to vocal life after 10 days.

meditation centres my energy, my awareness, my whole being; it serves to find humility ... & forgiveness, love & mindfulness.

& i would like to add the most important thing i actually learned about any method of meditation is: i meditate, either using a mantra, or watching breath or just letting the thoughts come & go, float into mind, pass out of mind.... i will fall out of that state, again & again & again.... never mind, NEVER, ever mind, as long as i find back into meditation.

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Chanting vibrates my body for pain relief. ....visualizing a center of peace in my mind works ....I don't have attention deficit disordered thought nor consider my brain hyperactive. ...what your fascist genocidal government does to Naval Air Station sailor skulls is TBI jet engine blasts tinnitus conductive hearing loss. ....the vicious lies our government tells to veterans only keep taxes low denying us compensation pensions nor civilian jobs due to high unemployment low wage policies. ... nonetheless I cope with memorizing symphonic orchestral cinematic music, scripts and saloon singing. ...I defeat war pain with harmonic joy as long as I am single. ...marriage has yielded greater heavenly results with my two daughters and their moms while they were sane and sensibly loyal to us instead of religion and boys they were obsessed with

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I have tried numerous guided meditations over the years, as well as dabbling in other ways to focus, like counting breaths. Counting sheep to fall asleep is actually a form of meditation as well, though most people never think of it that way.

Yes, it helps me, and it doesn't matter what process I use, as long as I practice it regularly.

Meep70 Level 7 Mar 16, 2018
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Somewhat recently, I successfully meditated for an hour each day. I alternated between many different types - simply focusing on the breath, eating meditation, walking meditation, scanning meditation, open monitoring - switching somewhat freely between them once I sensed a need to change due to sleepiness approaching or being aware that I was sick of whatever practice I was doing. It helped some amount, and my stoppage has more to do me dealing oddly with some life changes. Had I dealt appropriately, I'd still have been doing them rather than just now restarting them.

In any case, the biggest benefit/curse has been an increased awareness of my mental state. Benefit in that for a long time I had been somewhat aware as to how I was feeling and had something of an artificial buffer in place, curse in that, well, now I am now aware that I am not as functional and okay as I seemed.

But while I am now unavoidably aware of my current turmoil, I also have a more wholehearted way to deal with it and 'be with' it instead of ignoring it. The more powerful thing for me is during the moments in my job where it suddenly telescopes into a seeming eternity in which I am doomed to doing it, I can bring myself to the breath and ride out the feeling and deny it of the fuel it needs to survive on its own beyond 90 seconds, when most intrusive thoughts/emotions will fade without some form of reinforcement.

Oh, and by "successfully" I mean that I succeeded in honoring my commitment to the attempt to fill an hour block with meditation/mindfulness practices, not that I had a full hour of pure no-mind or absolute focus or anything like that.

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I tried doing a guided meditation once.

I positioned myself to listen: The “guide” started out by spending several minutes on “relaxing.”
Relax my feet, then my legs, then my stomach… all the way up to my head. He wants me to go down a staircase, deeper and deeper, relaxing as I go.

Ten minutes into this “relaxation” segment, I'm so annoyed that I can't even get to the actual meditation.

"I get it… you want me to relax. So shut the fuck up so I can."

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