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Subject: Meditation
Date Posted: 1/19/2008 1:46 AM ET
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Just curious, How many of you use meditation and in what aspects of your life? 

 

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 10:12 PM ET
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Donna, I'm an off and on meditator.  I've been doing it more lately.  Mostly for me, it's for relaxation.  I'm a nervous kind of person and I need something to stabilize me.  Right now, I'm working with short breathing sessions 2-5 minutes a day to get me rolling again.

How about yourself?  Do you meditate?

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 11:59 PM ET
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I would like to learn more about it.    I plan on taking a community education class on meditation this winter because I have always found it an interesting concept/practice. 

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 4:23 PM ET
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I'm a nervous kind of person too, and turning inwards usually makes me more anxious.  I just ordered a book called The Meditation Bible by Madonna something from here - can't wait to get it.  It's a 400 pg book on all the different types of meditation in different religions (something I find very interesting).  I used to do Qigong / Tai Chi but guess I wasn't doing it right 'cause that made me more anxious too.  

 

 

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 1/21/2008 2:18 AM ET
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I have found I do a lot better with guided meditations, both in-person and using tapes.  I used to meditate a lot, but not so much lately.  I need to.

 

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 3:34 AM ET
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I do good with tapes that are guided relaxation (where you relax one body part at a time).  I am terrible with "visualize this place" kind of meditations.  I also do really well chanting (I can't do OMMMMM.  The vibration in my mouth drives me crazy.  I do a small musical scales.)

Donna, I can be very anxious too.  The way I do it is make yourself sit for 2 minutes at first.  A very short time and just concentrate on your breathing or a phrase.  I use "Let Go Relax" or "I relax and let myself be".  You'll find after a couple of times that you've sat for 5 or 10 minutes without realizing it.

Another thing that works for me is nature sound tapes without music.  I had one of those sound machines.  I would put the timer for 5 minutes on rain.  It was really relaxing.

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 8:33 AM ET
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I do craft meditation... knitting and cross-stitching seems to take my mind away and give me peace and happiness, so I consider it a form of meditation.  I'd love to have the time to sit with guided meditations from books.

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 4:52 PM ET
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Sam, that's the iea.  Meditation doesn't necessarily have to be sitting in place doing nothing.  There are walking meditations and I suspect an activity like knitting where you focus on the task at hand can be a meditation.  There's also mindfulness meditation where you take any activity, like washing the dishes, and you try to put you mind in a state where you only think of the act of what you are doing.



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Date Posted: 1/23/2008 9:54 PM ET
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All, see my post in CMT.  I'm thinking of starting a PBS meditation group where we could do meditation podcasts (I found free ones on the internet) and then talk on the board about our experiences and support and prod each other :)

If you're interested, read the other post and see what I've proposed.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 11:23 AM ET
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Sam, I also do cross-stitch.  It is very relaxing for me.  ATeddyForKeeps.org is my charitable / stitching web-site. 

Melody,  I'm interested!  What does CMT stand for?  And what's a podcast? 

- donna 

 

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 10:43 PM ET
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Donna and anyone else, here's the link to the introduction:

http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=102089

We've got a group of about 13 folks, so it should be fun.

Oh, CMT=Club member thoughts

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 9:01 PM ET
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Has anyone tried meditating on the Life of Christ.  Read the Gospel.  Take Him in!

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 10:47 PM ET
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I meditate on God's Word. There's a good book called, "Face to Face" by Kenneth Boa. If you're born again, you'll love this book. It glorifies the Lord and brings peace to my heart. God continually changes me as I meditate on His Word.

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 10:57 AM ET
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Tamara.  Thanks for the recommendation.  I popped over to amazon and it sounds like just what I'm needing right now.  I just put it on my wish list but I hate to wait.  I may have to dig my 50% Family Christian Bookstore coupon out of the trash and buy it new <gasp>  I hardly ever buy new books. LOL!! 

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 3:19 PM ET
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Rebecca,

OH NO! Not buying a book from a store! lol Yeah, that's a great book... I heard of it through Todd Friel on Way of the Master Radio. I don't believe in that "contemplative prayer" junk or emptying our minds... only meditating on God's Word. Jesus said He will set us free if we are His disciples and keep in His Word.

Way of the Master Radio: http://www.Wayofthemasterradio.com

God bless,
Tamara

 

 

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 9:49 PM ET
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Well I brushed the crumbs off my coupon (only 25% off) and went to the store only to discover they were out of stock. :-(  But I did get my mom a groovy pair of sparkly flipflops for M-day.  Looks like I can get one at Amazon for close to $5.  Not too shabby...guess I'll have to wait for it to come in the mail.  Rats!  I love immediate gratification. LOL!!   

No I"m not into that emptying of the mind stuff either.  The best way to know you're praying God's will is to pray the Scriptures.  There's a book of Puritan prayers on my wishlist called Valley of the Vision.  I've heard excerpts from it and it sounds wonderful as well.

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 10:29 PM ET
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If anyone would like a CD of Flora Wuellner's guided meditations, I can send them a copy. These meditations are taken from her book, "Prayer, Stress, and Our Inner Wounds" and focus on healing what has hurt us in the past. She talks about the healing power of Jesus, but it's also possible to visualize any kind of healing power. She's given permission for them to be given away so there's no issue with royalties. For other types of Christian meditation, there are resources, but they're not as well-known. For example, there are the Ignatian exercises as well as meditations from mystics like Hildegard of Bingen, Teresa of Avila, and John of the Cross. Last summer, I took a class titled "Pray like a Mystic," so I can dig out the references if anyone is interested.
Date Posted: 5/3/2008 11:46 AM ET
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I do better with guided meditations...maybe someday I will 'graduate' to solo...lol...I like to work on my chakras when I meditate..

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 5/4/2008 6:50 AM ET
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I like guided meditations as well, but also can do regular meditation.  I spent a year and a half in the School of Metaphysics and really enjoyed learning about meditation from them. (Didn't like other aspects of the school, but learned a lot.)

I don't meditate as often as I should - and I really miss it when I don't get a chance to do it.  It's really a lifeskill.

 

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 6:49 PM ET
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Have any of you used the relaxation tapes or guided imagery from Health Journeys?  http://www.healthjourneys.com/   My wife uses a variety of tapes, and gives a variety of tapes as gifts, from this website. She is particularly partial to the ones done by Belleruth Naparstek, who is a medical social worker, and in truth, I could listen to her voice all day. Many of the programs revolve around a specific medical diagnosis - chronic pain, anxiety disorders, hypertension - but some are for general relaxation. My wife appreciated the anxiety tape since part of it was a walking meditation for when she was too anxious to sit still!

One of the things I like about this website is that they give you the citations for research, so you can look the study up yourself if you want and draw your own conclusions.

Another thing I like is that they don't spam your email address, and as far as I can tell, don't sell their address lists.

Finally, I like the fact that the guided imagery and affirmations are - inclusive, I guess is the word. Christian friends of ours are comfortable with them, but so are Wiccan friends.

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 7:46 PM ET
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I used to meditate regularly.  In high school I was part of a meditation youth group called "Quest for the Spirit".  We had weekly meetings where we were introduced to a variety of mediation techniques, Calvinist, early Christian, Buddhist and other Eastern philosophies etc. It was a great experience, and we did a service project trip every spring.  I stopped the past couple years but have been meaning to get back to it, its so helpful and relaxing.  It's amazing what you'll hear in your head when you stop paying attention to the outside noise and listen.

We did a lot of really cool mediations but two of the coolest ones were the mediation with an orange, where everyone was given an orange and for 40 minutes we sat with just one candle and focused on the orange, its smell, its taste, its texture.  It was really cool.

The other really amazing one was an eye-gazing meditation, where everyone in the group paired up and gazed into each other's eyes for a while.  It was a great way to bond too.

The hardest part for me, about getting back into meditation is having to do it on my own, without someone to lead the breathing techniques or set aside the specific times for meditation to stop and start.  But I really miss it so I'll have to suck it up and try it on my own or find a new group.

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 4:38 PM ET
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A new PBS member here and a meditator!  I came to meditation through Yoga.  I practiced various types of hatha yoga (asana) for a couple of years before finding myself drawn into the meditation side. I began with the breath exercises/mantras of Kundalini Yoga and have since branched out.  Most of my meditation techniques are traditional Yoga mediations and also Buddhist meditations.  The focus of my meditation is generally spiritual awareness.  After years spent as a frustrated Christian (I believed it but never FELT it), I discovered the Eastern dharmas and suddenly, my spirituality is awake!