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Featured Does anyone have their own process for meditation?

Discussion in 'Seekers Circle' started by osgart, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. osgart

    osgart Nothing my eye, Something for sure

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    This is mine:

    State your rules and intentions with the process you created.
     
  2. metis

    metis aged ecumenical anthropologist

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    There are no rules.

    For me, my best form of meditation is walking meditation, and sometimes I just let whatever comes to mind dominate, and sometimes I'll meditate on something that I need to try and think in depth about, attempting to get down to its nitty-gritty-- the "bottom line". I'm not as good at sitting meditation because I fidget too much and then my monkey-mind takes over. The exception is in the early morning hours whereas my mind works more slowly-- and also my body.
     
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  3. Orbit

    Orbit I'm a planet

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    I don't have an ABCs of meditation no. I do have a routine, though. I lie down, put on some Hindu mantras or Buddhist chants, and clear the mind. (Not because I'm an aspiring member of those religions, just because the sound of the mantras/chants seem to work for me.) It takes me the first 10 minutes or so to get rid of the monkey mind, then I'm good.
     
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  4. wizanda

    wizanda One Accepts All Religious Texts
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    1. Play RuneScape.
    2. Go into a bored waiting for things to level head space; where it is like an infinite length of repetitive tasks.
    3. Do consider tho, we can read a vast amount of religious texts using a speech program at the same time.
    Anything can be a form of meditation (if(the(mind)allows)it); especially repetitive trance causing actions, music, natural flow, etc.

    In my opinion. :innocent:
     
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  5. YmirGF

    YmirGF Bodhisattva
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    Having been a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation for 40 years, there is a format I follow, but as @metis points out there are not really any rules beyond moving past the thought process. One of my favorites is getting in the zone while I am doing mundane tasks but never while using any kind of power tools or a vehicle. It's not wise to attempt otherwise. For example, if I am raking or sweeping a large area most of my awareness will move away from the actual activity. It's hard to describe even after doing it for so long. It is really one of those "you have to be there" (or not, LOL) type things.

    It simply would not occur to me to follow conscious step other than bringing the silence into the foreground of awareness. The 3 things listed by @osgart are totally alien to my perspective.
     
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  6. Nowhere Man

    Nowhere Man Bompu Zen Man with a little bit of Bushido.

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    I apply the techniques used in Zazen not only for sitting, but in everyday life.

    In doing so, I deal with whatever comes out of the woodwork.
     
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  7. osgart

    osgart Nothing my eye, Something for sure

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    I'm an alien. Lol. Call SETI.
     
  8. sandy whitelinger

    sandy whitelinger Veteran Member

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    I learned meditation through taiji. For discipline, which is necessary I still believe, we focused on our breathing. It grew from there but you need a strong center in order to find your way home.
     
  9. YmirGF

    YmirGF Bodhisattva
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    Calm down. :D For the 2nd time in 2 days, context is king.

    *Note the usage of king here is not intended to upset anyone's patriarchal sensitivities.*
     
  10. wizanda

    wizanda One Accepts All Religious Texts
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    With equations borrowed from here... It adds more context then; especially if you add variables, if it is not 100% known data.

    In my opinion. :innocent:
     
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  11. osgart

    osgart Nothing my eye, Something for sure

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    Well there is only what is beneficial and what ain't so. I find mostly, many forms of meditation are beneficial. It's all up to the individual.

    I simply apply safe rules of thumb, set up the conditions, or total lack of conditions, and I test it out scientific like.
     
  12. YmirGF

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    I hear you. For example, I hear people droning on and on about breath and the importance of proper breathing in meditation and yet that is one thing I don't and have never paid attention to. It doesn't seem to have held me back any. Expectation is central to experience.
     
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  13. crossfire

    crossfire Antinomian feminist heretic freak ☿
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    Whether you are using meditation to observe the mind or to guide the mind, I've found that the simplest, most elegant technique works best. Your mileage may vary.
     
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  14. YmirGF

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  15. sandy whitelinger

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    I drone on and on about breath because it is taiji specific and very fundamental. First in the mind, then in the breath, then in the body. The mind has three parts. The spirit, the will, and the idea. Energy should flow though the mind in order and then the body.

    It's a matter of focus. This is where meditation is rooted for my practice.

    I've been doing this for over thirty years and it doesn't seem to have held me back any.
     
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  16. sandy whitelinger

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    Originally I viewed tm as vague and too wandering. I appreciated having a tether. As time wears on I appreciate the vagaries that happen as I trust them more.

    In the end it's a personal journey. Journeys only happen when you start moving from where you are.
     
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  17. YmirGF

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    Very wise, Grasshopper. :)
     
  18. Buddha Dharma

    Buddha Dharma Dharma Practitioner

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    I sometimes employ a visual meditation I based on an extinct school of Buddhism called the Pugdalavadans. In this practice, I sometimes envision myself as unconstructed, unknown, and utterly free of the things of the world of forms. I have entered a very deep trance using this method once.

    The Pugdalavadans just to mention, believed in an alternative notion to the Atman called the Pugdala. The Pugdala is only perceived to exist through the Skandhas, but it is non-dualistic and minimalist compared to Atman concepts- because the Skandhas aren't trusted to tell you anything about it. It's like glimpsing that you have an essential, deeper self through a dark curtain.

    If you can visualize yourself sitting and picture the things of the world of forms- sound, sight, impressions, and such as ebbing away from you like a wave- this is a visualization I use.

    Another I've tried is hearing the sound of silence. Listening to the quiet. That caused a powerful mental reaction at the time I was doing it.
     
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  19. shunyadragon

    shunyadragon Well-Known Member
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    I have studied most of standard meditations over the years, and I believe Buddha said there are three: Standing, sitting, and walking,

    In exploring and teaching Arts of the Way (Martial Arts) I developed at least two: (1) Walking backwards in the dark. (2) Not totally original, but innovative; a variation of the walking meditation by meditating while raking the gravel when doing a Zen Garden, which I have made many over the years

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  20. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium Resident Hermit
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    My own process? Nope. For me, 'tried and true' works best.

    Samadhi meditation, utilizing breath as an anchor, produces optimal results. :)
     
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