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Subject: PBS Meditation Group -- Introduction
Date Posted: 1/24/2008 9:13 PM ET
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For everyone who'd like to be a part of the PBS Mediation Group...

Some notes on how we'll go about this...

First off, I should point out that I am not a meditation teacher :)  I've done meditation off and on for 10 years.  So, I don't know everything about meditation, but can lend some support from my own experiences.  Others are probably more adept and everyone is welcome to help everyone along!

Our goal is to try meditation and support each other each week.  Each week I (or another member--PM me if you have a source of short and long meditation that are interesting and easy to do) will post one or two meditations, hopefully, one long one and one short one.  I'll post each week's meditation in a new post so it doesn't get confusing.

What we'll do is try the meditations out and then come back to the post and give feedback, ask questions, talk about how it felt, difficulties, offer suggestions, etc.

Each person should make a commitment to x amount of days a week.  I am going to "try" to meditate 7 days a week, but I'm going to commit to 3 days a week (hopefully, every other day at least)

I thought we'd start for real next week.  However, I found a meditation for teens that is only 5 minutes long and it sounded pretty good for getting a feel for things.  Note: it stops rather abruptly at 5 minutes.  It doesn't seem to finish itself.  LOL  Still it was fairly easy to follow.  There's also some information on how to prepare for you meditation practice.  Here's the link:

Five Minute Meditation

A couple of tips for practice:

At first you are going to find it difficult.  Every thought from "I wonder who will be the next President" to "Did I put those clothes in dryer" will pop into your head.  Although the longer you meditation, the more benefits, I found that it's easy to start slow.  Try 2 minutes at a time.  It's easy to sit through 2 minutes.  And, then you don't feel like you are failing if you can't do 10 or 20.  You can add a minute each day until you do the whole meditation if that is easier for you. The point is to not be stressed out ofver meditation!

You might find that one day sitting for 10 minutes is a snap and then the next day you're peaking at the clock after a minute. Don't worry about it.  If you tell yourself to make it through 2 minutes and for a minute you sit there not meditating, don't panic.  Come back later and try again.

You might also find yourself getting the hang of it after 2 weeks and then all of sudden it's like you can't remember how to breath or you get uncomfortable sitting.  Just keep trying.  I think of it as my brain trying to trick me into thinking I can't do it.  (Dang you brain!)

Don't pressure yourself!  This is not a competition.  No one will be crowned the best meditator at the end.  The important thing is to meet whatever goals you have for yourself.  The best way to approach it is do something, even a little bit, every day.  You'll notice that you go beyond 2 minutes without even realizing it.

You might have to work on a time that's best for you.  I can't meditate in the morning.  It makes me tired and grumpy.  At night I find I fall asleep in the middle.  Afternoon or evening seems best for me.

Oh, and, you're family might think you're weird.  LOL  Just stick your tongue out at them and keep going :)

That's all the advice I have for now.

Okay, now it's your turn.  If you have any questions, post them and we'll all see if we can answer them.  Give the introductory meditation a try and see how it goes.  If you'd like to post why you're interested in meditation or what you want to get out of it, that's cool too. 

I'm doing it to bring some relaxation back into my day and cut down on the worry and stress.

 

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 1/25/2008 6:21 AM ET
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I just used the 5 minute meditation link.  I feel like I've had a nap but without the grogginess. If this is the norm, it's wonderful......thanks.     :)

Linda



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Date Posted: 1/25/2008 1:42 PM ET
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I couldn't get it to work on my computer.   I'm sure there's nothing wrong with the link for the audio, but I have a dial-up connection and always have problems with this kind of stuff.

I recently bought some CD's by Louise Hay though with some positive affirmations/meditations and had added one to my ipod so I used that instead.  Does that count?  :)  

I wasn't able to make it through the whole thing but I did do close to 10 min.

I have been listening to the CD's at night before bed but I usually fall asleep while listening to it.  I think I'll really enjoy it after I get used to it a little more.  It was hard for me to just sit and listen to it and not get up and do something else at the same time.   lol

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 9:19 PM ET
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Tip for making them work:  I'm not about this one but some must be played in IE.  So try your IE browser or download the IE tab for Firefox.  That should solve the problem if it's the browser.

Malinda, I've used the Louise Hays ones before.  They are a bit different as their more of visualizations, but I see no reason why you can't pick one each week and do it with us. :)  maybe some of the links will work for you and you can try them when they do.  Some are downloadable which might solve the problem

Linda, great!  Meditation isn't so different from zoning out...LOL  Something I do on a regular basis unintentionally. 

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 10:11 PM ET
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For me it didnt work when I clicked on the link but it did work when I clicked on the little picture.

It reminds me of doing dead mans pose in yoga. (please dont ask me to spell the actual name I cant even pronounce it right) After 40 minutes of heck you get to lay down on the floor and Steve talks nice to you for a few minutes. Its great. BTW I do Inhale Yoga it comes on the Oxygen network hopefully this link is a link to a video: http://oxygen.feedroom.com/?fr_chl=3fcac91f791a371931ba716fc366fe4cb48e7f7f I love yoga. Not the excruciating pain it causes when my muscles start to burn cause they arent used to regular work but the body numbing jello like feeling I get afterwards makes it all worth it.

ETA nope the link didnt go directly to inhale just type inhale into the search and you'll get the video. Meanwhile the one that starts up is hilarious.



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Date Posted: 1/25/2008 10:24 PM ET
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savasana, Chris! heh. Brownie points! Thanks so much for doing this, Melody! I appreciated the PM letting me know this was here. I haven't tried the link yet, but am looking forward to incorporating the practice, either way.

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 10:41 PM ET
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Yeah that looks right LOL. (I have a slight speech impediment and I spell phonetically so Im screwed on that word in a couple of ways)

Anyway its wonderful. I tend to make the rest of the routine sound bad but its not its really fun. One of the things I like best about this show over others is that he shows you different ways of doing a pose while still getting benifits from it. He also says dont do it if you cant. Try it and if you simply cant do it sit it out and wait till something you can do comes around. When I started doing yoga I couldnt get through a whole routine without sitting down through half of it. Now I can do the whole thing but I have to do the easy variation of some poses. In the end Im drenched in sweat and laying there with Steve Ross and his calming voice saying soothing things is so great.

I dont think he has a human skeleton though. I just cant fathom some of the strange ways he can contort his body. Doesnt seem anotomically possible.

Anyway back to meditation, while Ive done yoga for a couple years now I never really got serious about meditation. I tried it a few times but nothing structured or guided. I think that was why I got so distracted all the time. I didnt know what I was doing :D Hopefully with this I'll be more motivated to stick with it.

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 11:24 PM ET
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Oh, I understand, Chris - I was just excited that I could spell it, because it's not obvious. I've also been practicing yoga for ~ 5 years. I really enjoy my teacher's classes... he makes everyone feel capable :)

I've done lots of breathwork with my yoga, and have done guided meditation before. As I said, I'm looking forward to trying this.

Date Posted: 1/26/2008 3:34 AM ET
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I used to do yoga before my arthritis threw my joints out of whack.  I learned through Richard Hittleman's books and videos.  What I like about yoga is it's noncompetitive and the point is to stretch just a little if you can't do the full asana.  You don't feel like such a rejeck when you can't bring your feet up to your head.  LOL

And, you're welcome Shana!

Hope to find some interesting ones to play with as we get the hang of this :)

Date Posted: 1/26/2008 4:51 AM ET
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Melody, I think this is just Great!  Thanks for the invite.  An every other day commitment sounds good for me.  If this helps anyone - you can't try to relax, so just use the least amount of energy possible when meditating. 

Date Posted: 1/26/2008 9:49 AM ET
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Hello Everyone!

I am going to try to do meditation every day, too, but at least every other day.  This is something brand new to me....have never tried yoga like several of you have, either. Already I see a difference in a small way.  My sleep at night has gone back to the usual pattern which is good, as I have always been a good sleeper.  This is a good thing!

Linda

Date Posted: 1/27/2008 7:27 PM ET
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I just did the 5 minute meditation.  I like the link, because the article gives some good basic information.  I did a good 4 minutes before my mind started wandering. 

Are there any meditations with soothing music or sounds? That would be relaxing. 

Also, do you all sit up straight while meditating?  I tried to do this, but it wasn't comfortable, so I leaned back in my comfy computer chair.  



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I'm glad to see people have tried yoga and other things.  When I started doing this stuff in the late 1980s, family and friends called me one thing "weird". LOL  Tai chi is another good one.  I was doing that for my arthritis but when my feet got bad I couldn't do the steps.  I would love to find a sitting version of Tai chi because it's very relaxing.

Sheena, to answer your question, I've found a variety of meditation types.  I found some with music, some that are just music, some chanting, visualizations, etc.  Each week I'll link to one regular one and then one a little different.  Each person has a different style and way of relaxing.  I found that I was very good with chanting and nature sounds, but visualizations sometimes put me in an anxious state (wait!  I can't picture the river yet!  LOL)  But everyone will be different.

I'm going to post the meditations for week one.  So, check for that post.  Enjoy :)

Date Posted: 1/27/2008 9:59 PM ET
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Hey Melody I found this for you. Its a Tai Chi exercise for people with arthritis. http://www.amazon.com/review/R3SV0B8CQXGQ29

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Date Posted: 2/6/2008 4:01 PM ET
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I began using video meditation as I am highly visual.  This was a great help.

Then I was able to use tapes until I am able to do my meditating on my own.

Tai Chi is so grounding.  Cant many positions be modified so you can sit and do them.  I dont know all 108,however.

When I want something different I color mandalas.  I like walking lanbrynths.  Today with 14" of new snow I am walking a mobius pattern(figure 8)  As I walk I say an affirmation also.

Date Posted: 2/7/2008 2:57 AM ET
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Hey all, the first week's meditation can be found here: http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=102502&l=25&ls=0#p2046133

Check it out then post in the other thread.  Thanks!