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8/1/11 6:23 A

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How are things going? I have been working a fair

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2/25/11 5:55 A

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Hang in there team.

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11/1/10 5:56 A

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I need to meditate I do not do it that often. Namaste

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I have never learned meditation formally and tried it a few times, but have not succeeded yet. I used Om Mani Padme Om as an anytime mantra for awhile. My life had been chaotic and surrounded by noisy never-sleeping teens and a grandbaby in a small townhouse where there was no quite and no hope for me to get away. DH and I recently moved to an Empty Nest apartment. I am loving it. I decided that our new home is for our healing.

Dare to be what others fear you might become!

But life is a battle: may we all be enabled to fight it well! ~ Charlotte Bronte



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9/16/09 11:57 A

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Thanks, Caronxana, for suggesting the Informal/Formal meditation streaks. I've put The Joy of Living on my "to read" list!

-Evie


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Wow, I like these suggestions!

What I did just recently is start a spark streak for daily informal meditation and a streak for daily formal meditation. I am starting over again so have decided to start very small. What got me started is the book The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, which is such an awesome book. He explains things very clearly and I learned that meditation is not 'supposed' to be at all like I thought.

Informal Daily Meditation - I am starting with one 'moment' a day. All I want to do here is just take a few seconds whatever I am doing when I remember or feel inspired or stressed and just feel and be at my still point or as close to it as I can w/o straining or forcing in any way.

Formal Daily Meditation - I am starting with one minute per day. "Formal" is misleading, but it just means that I am sitting intentionally to meditate in a proper posture. I just sit with my middle finger and thumb touching on each hand, sit up straight, rest the backs of my hand on my knees or near them, and tuck my chin in a little bit. For now I am working on Shinay (objectless) meditation, so I just try to watch everything in my mind and whatever I feel from my still point as clouds passing by. I usually do formal in my room, but if I am not able to, I will do it anywhere I can sit, it is the same thing. I find it helps me to not worry about whether things are perfect or quiet, etc. It is more important to do it. And to do it in 'adverse' conditions helps strengthen your mind and accept life as it is.

The GREATEST lesson I learned from that book, Joy of Living, is that you are not supposed to 'clear your mind' of all thought and make yourself a blank zombie. When we lose ourself in a thought and say 'oops', that is not a failure. You are going towards a natural stillness which is learned WITH EVERY 'OOPS'! Every time you NOTICE that your mind is not where you intended and gently bring it back, you are improving!!! That idea just rocked my world and got me going again!

Isn't it kind of funny to think that the great monks got to where they are by having millions upon millions of 'oopses'? LOL!


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4/14/09 2:11 P

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Thanks for such a good idea.

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I didn't even think of creating a Spark Streak for meditation, what a great idea, thanks!

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1/29/09 8:43 P

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Lilly*White - That's a great visualization! I often make sure I dig deep with my roots to stay grounded as I tend to float alot :) so going back to the earth at the end rocks! I got so peaceful just reading it. Thanks

Edited by: MTNHARMONY at: 1/29/2009 (20:43)
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In my pursuit after Truth I have discarded many ideas and learnt many new things." -Gandhi



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1/15/09 1:49 A

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Hi Solvig, welcome to the team! It is always challenging to turn off the chatter...we talk to ourselves all day and don't even pay attention.
The first thing to do is just notice your thoughts and let them go. Visualizations are really helpful.
Something like imagining a balloon filling up with your thoughts and letting it drift away.
I find that I can center much faster when I do a quick visualization exercise...and it doesn't leave room for other thoughts to spin around. One I love is the tree of life. You picture roots growing out of you down into the ground as you exhale. Then as you inhale you visualize yourself drawing energy out of the earth, into yourself as a white light. After a few breaths raise up the white energy to visualize branches growing up and out of yourself like a growing tree. Breathe in the energy from the roots and grow until the branches touch the ground and the imagine the energy returning to the earth. The breath becomes a circular flow of energy. It's a great one ;)

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SOLVIG Posts: 2
11/10/08 10:13 A

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Hello all, was pleasantly surprised to find this group. I'm new here and want to make meditation a daily part of my journey back to health. Having a problem focusing and getting the mind chatter to shut off any suggestions?



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7/14/08 6:20 P

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Two things that help center me into meditation when I am stressed and struggling to let the thoughts pass are sound and smell. Essential oil of lavendar, mixed into a spray bottle with water, instantly puts me in the correct frame of mind. Sound that helps is quite often a person whose voice is along the correct frequencies - like a guided meditation or yoga instructor whose voice "vibrates the neurons in my brain." They tell me it balances my chakras, but I swear it starts with my brain cells. Probably sounds weird, but it works for me. Without meditation, I think I would be dead. I'm not kidding.

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6/25/08 10:46 A

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I struggle to get meditation into my daily life, so I created a sparkstreak for it, I'm waiting to see how that affects my habits in the long term.

One thing new that I tried today was walking meditation, theres an article on Spark about it. It was an interesting experience and I recommend trying it, it started to cause a peaceful mindfulness while I was walking. A very pleasant experience!

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7/19/07 1:03 P

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Hey,

I also feel better when I meditate, it has been a struggle to incorperate it regularily though... I am trying to come back to it now.

Cheers!

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6/29/07 1:48 P

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P.S. KACHIRI~

I love the Om Mani Padme Om chant, too, although I haven't used it so much of late. BUT, my pug - the one pictured on the left of my profile image - is named Padme. My other pug is named Yogi (aka Satchemo).

Cheers!
Jane

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Hello,

Glad I found this group. I am a Seeker of all paths so I will combine all sorts of philosophies when I post.

Meditation is one of the best action steps for me. At this point in my life, I am using meditation to walk me through the "dark side of my moon" (I'm Pisces - Tarot card: Moon) and to release the emotions that I'm experiencing to the Light. Here is what I learned yesterday about eating, emotions and the role of meditation in dealing with the ick when it arises.

I was doing some journalling yesterday afternoon on past issues that still affect my life today. It was so intense that in the middle of the process I put it on hold. That is when I went on a sugar binge. Three Milano Mint cookies and oatmeal with TONS of brown sugar; not to mention the baked apple pie at McDonald's. emoticon

I sat in the muck of grief and self-flaggelation for about 3-4 hours when it hit me - I have always been asking Spirit WHY I feel the things I do, rather than just saying - "Ok, I feel them, here they are, I release them to you." And so I immediately did a short meditation visualizing myself wrapping everything into a bundle and placing it at the feet/into the light of Spirit. Within about 30 minutes, I noticed the sorrow and angst was replaced with serenity (and an upset stomach from eating all that sugar).

I've been struggling with my meditation practice for years. In fact, I pretty much let it go for a long period of time. Now that I'm making it a priority in my life again, being able to keep my mind stilled is a real challenge and I think not releasing the 'ick' is one reason why. Acknowledge the ick, be with the ick, then release the ick. (Don't hold onto the ick by eating a bunch of cookies so you can punish yourself for it, right?)

For me, yesterday was a great discovery & I'm so glad I get to share it in a forum on Spark. My life has always been about a Spiritual Walk and my eating/weight loss issues are always resolved in those times when I am spiritually sound. Daily meditation is key to that soundness.

I'm coming out of seven years of a "dark night of the soul." One of the tools I'm using to reignite meditation in my life is "Journey to the Center: A Meditation Workbook" by Matthew Flickstein. He integrates psychotherapy basics with the "Herding the Wild Ox" philosophy of Zen Buddhism, guiding you into developing a daily meditation practice. I'm only part way through but I'll let you know my thoughts on it when I have worked at it for awhile longer. (If anyone doesn't know the story of Herding the Wild Ox, e-mail me and I'll tell you.)

I look forward to reading posts and getting to know you all. I love the fact it's a small group.

Blessings,
Jane

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Hello fellow pagans~

I am getting more serious about my yoga practice. Meditation is a real challenge to me, but I am trying to start a regular practice. Slowing down and calming my mind, even for 15 minutes a day seems nearly impossible now.

This week I will begin taking a class on creating a home practice and taking a new yoga class that includes 30 minutes of meditation after asana. Hopefully this will make it easier to accomplish. I know the benefits will be great if I gain the discipline required.

Namaste.

Heather

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5/12/07 8:00 A

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I have found meditation to be so rewarding in my life. I begin and end my day with meditation, sometimes focusing on the chakras or chanting various mantras...and sometimes, just sitting in silence.

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Namaste! Meditation is good as it helps to calm and keep one centred. I often do it after my yoga practice. I feel connected to all thhings. It also helps with control.
I find when I start wanting to eat out of emotion and reach for comfort foods I sit on my mat and breath deeply trying to understand what I am feeling. It often brings insite and peace and I now have a grip on what's bugging me. If you have a favourite may of meditating or have a favourite chant or song please share it.
One of my favourite things to chant is "I am a Strong Woman, I am a Story Woman, I am a Healer, My Soul will never Die, Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna"
and my favourite yoga chant is Om Mani Padme Hum
Blessings
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