How do you meditate and what is meditation?

I’ve been kind of depressed and have had trouble falling asleep, and I’ve heard that meditating can help. What is meditation and how do I meditate?

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9 Responses to How do you meditate and what is meditation?

  1. Gabe says:

    basically just quiet down your surroundings, maybe listen to very calming soothing music, or the sounds of nature, and just take deep breaths, spreading them out further and further. it calms down your mind and body and gives you an overall sense of peace

  2. Travis says:

    Our minds get so bogged down with busyness and worry. we never give it a break! Meditation is the process of doing just that, giving your mind a break.

    Meditation is the process of clearing your mind of everything, of finding a peace and a calmness within yourself. it can be very refreshing.

    Find a nice quiet place, sit comfortably strait up not hunched forward with your hands together, slow and steady your breathing and concentrate only you your breath, eventually you will concentrate on nothing at all.

    My suggestion is to get a book that will help you to understand it and achieve successful meditation easier.

  3. Sensui MAstER says:

    the best version version i know comes from China… tai-chi like…
    anyhow. meditation is long deep breaths while laying on the ground, your bed at somewhere quiet, the MAIN thing is KEEPING a breathing PACE!!! the more pace there is the more natural at keeping your blood circulation at ONE SPEED. clear your mind and think of a tropical forest or anything you like as a view…but nothing crazy:D
    also lay on your bed and pace breath and think….u’ll get tired and sleep without noticing I know this from martial arts “true secrets of a warrior so i can’t say much, i learned from 1 class master “””

  4. man_no555 says:

    Meditation leads to ego death. Ego is the illusory I or little me.

  5. 2rickfree says:

    When I went to the Chopra Center for well being I was on my seventh surgery and very sick. deepak Chopra and David Simon taught me about meditation and how powerful it is. When I get sick again I always have stopped meditating, when I get back on track my health comes back. I think it slows down my mind enough to help me make smarter choices. Also the practice of realizing when my mind wonders (that happens a lot) and bringing myself back to the present moment helps me be more aware all day long.
    This link is to some of my favorite guided meditations that I learned.

  6. Paul A says:

    Before I go to bed at night, I sit for a half hour or so – with everything turned off – and let my mind go where it wants. That helps me “wind down”, and I go to sleep a lot easier. I think it helps my mind put things in order.

  7. jaguar57 says:

    Meditation quiets the mind and rejuvenates the body (especially the nervous system). I recommend Zen meditation. To do it you sit cross-legged with a folded pillow under your posterior. Hands are together in your lap with the right hand under the left one. Straighten your back by arching it and then relax it but not totally. Pull your head back a bit. Touch the top of your mouth with the tip of your tongue. Breathe in thru your nose and out thru your mouth. Let your belly inflate with each inbreath. Half close your eyes so that there is less visual stimuli. The concentration on your posture and breath, if sufficiently intense, will change the blood flow in your brain from the rationalizing/thinking center to the awareness center. NOT THINKING then is an automatic result of correct technique. As your brain shifts more to awareness you will notice your rate of breathing slow down. Meditate as long as you can until you can’t stand the discomfort in your legs any longer. 15-30 minutes is normal although experts can meditate an hour. Bringing part of this technique into your normal day will bring part of that same peace into your normal daily experience. What I mean is that as you focus more on the purely physical aspect of your own existence and surroundings that you will have less mind chatter. Daily meditation makes it possible to do that more and more. People that don’t know this point only have peace when they meditate. Also helpful is reading the Tao Te Ching and other Taoist and Zen books.

  8. beautifully_broken_1994 says:

    First of all, I am a practicing witch. We meditate a lot.
    Meditation is the art of silencing the mind.
    When the mind is silent, concentration is increased and we experience inner peace in the midst of worldly turmoil. This elusive inner peace is what attracts so many people to meditation and is a quality everyone can benefit from.
    Meditation is finding your inner-self, feeling calm and relaxed and going with the flow of nature.
    I use to be very depressed. I was diagnosed as major depression, I also had sleeping problems.

    Like anything worthwhile, meditation requires practice. To get the most from meditation you need to do it every day. This requires a place and time where you will not be disturbed.

    1. Sit with a straight back. Don’t try to meditate lying down because you are likely to fall asleep. Meditation brings relaxation and peace but at the same time this is a dynamic peace. Meditation is quite different than the relaxation of sleep. When we really meditate, we are fully alert and conscious. Our sense of awareness is heightened. Afterwards you’ll have a positive feeling for the world and a renewed sense of dynamism.
    2. Don’t eat before meditating. After a heavy meal your body will be lethargic with digestion.
    3. It is not necessary to mediate in the lotus posture. It is fine to meditate in a chair, as long as the back is straight.
    4. It is helpful to take a shower before meditating.
    5. Burning incense and having a candle are not necessary, but they can add a little extra inspiration.
    6. It is good to meditate early in the morning. It is said the best time is 3am, although, I feel it is more important to be awake and not sleepy.

    you must learn to concentrate on one thing at a time. Usually, the mind tries to hold several different thoughts and ideas at once. When you sit down to meditate for the first time, you realize how cluttered the mind is. Mediation teachers have described the mind as a “mad monkey”. However, the mind can be tamed and forced to concentrate on a single thought.

    One helpful technique is concentrating on a candle flame. Narrow your gaze to the small tip and block out all other thoughts. When you get distracted, go back to focusing on the candle flame. You can also use other objects like a small dot or flower. The important thing is that you concentrate only on one thing at a time.

    After you’ve practiced concentration and learned to focus on one thing at a time, you can proceed to the next stage: no thought at all. Achieving a silent mind is difficult, but when to attain it the experience is powerful. A technique I advise is viewing your thoughts as separate from your self. When a thought appears, make a conscious decision to throw it out of your mind. Over time you realize that you are capable of allowing or rejecting thoughts. Your real “I” is not a collection of thoughts, but something far deeper. This is the most significant realization of meditation – that you do not have to be a slave to your thoughts.

    Through meditation, you attain the power to control your thoughts, and on occasion stop them completely. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t attain a silent mind straightaway. It takes time and practice. There is nothing really else to it; meditation is a simple and spontaneous action. Unfortunately, our mind is used to complication and it takes time to unlearn bad habits.

    Hope I helped.
    Take Care

  9. Tommy H says:

    There are some popular choices: yoga, Daoist and Buddhist practice. Secular yoga meditation provides a vehicle to calm down and letting go of some stress, slight increase of body immunity, and some benefit in treating some illness. When the yoga is practiced along with a philosophy, the meditation and good moral conduct promote longevity while the body ages.

    In the Eastern religion, the meditation is part of the practice dealing spiritual development. The meditation involves body purification, building strong inner peace, raising moral character via giving up bad habits and concepts, as to achieve Enlightenment.
    Here are some articles about the benefit in practice of Falun Gong meditation.
    http://www.theepochtimes.com/news/6-6-19/42960.html
    http://www.theepochtimes.com/news/6-5-13/41456.html
    http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/download/publications/health_index.html

    Falun Gong is a unique Buddhist School, teaching an ancient practice for the mind and body; the practice is based upon the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Falun Gong consists of five sets of powerful exercises. The meditation in the Falun Gong practice is simple and requires no special breathing technique. Exercise and mediation demonstration mp3 files and books are free to download. If you need help, you can contact a nearby practitioner in your local area for free instructions.

    Falun Gong, Tibetans, Buddhists, and Christians have been persecuted in China. The most offensive human right violation is the organ harvesting from the Falun Gong practitioners in China. Can you kindly sign a petition to stop persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, please ?
    http://cipfg.org/en/news/petition.html

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