posted on Feb, 8 2008 @ 04:52 PM
I sent a U2U to kappo about meditating, and I droned on about it so I decided to post it here, it would be useful for new people I think. This is how
"I" meditate, it doesn't mean its how "YOU" should meditate. I'm experiencing pasting problems so i'll just get to it:
When meditating, get comfortable, breathe..through your nose...count to 4... exhale, count to 4 then inhale again.. this isnt that important and I
STILL screw it up all the time, but it gets you relaxed. Focus on NOTHING..nothing but the breath, and the counts. If by the way you have trouble
sleeping.. I find that breathing at this moderate pace, while counting, puts me out every time. Another bonus. Don't concentrate on falling asleep
either, just reeeelaxx...sink into the bed, breatheing moderately and heavily through the nose, counting each step. It also helps to decrease how much
air you take in gradually, dont force this, this should come naturally, and eventually your pulse will slow too and before you know it you're out
like a light.
When meditating though its good to try and keep the breaths heavy, it helps keep you awake. The state you are going for is your body being relaxed and
paralysed like you are asleep, but your mind is awake and pure.
So just relax and breathe for the time being, do that, while counting, as long as it takes for your over-active brain to settle down. Its really hard
at first I know. Your body has to be comfortable, as well as your mind.. but the mind has to also stay alert so that you don't fall asleep.. A good
sign of this is, thoughts dissapate..like you think it should during meditation, but its like.. theres no thoughts there at all, and its like a few
second lapse in time and concentration and maybe even nonsense images or words will come to mind. Thats how you know you're falling asleep. When I
know thats happening I make sure to make the breathes heavier incase they slowed too much, and I might crack the eyes open a bit to take in light.
NOTE:.. When your eyes are closed, your brain creates a drug to put you to sleep. The way around this for meditating.. Its simple. Meditate with your
light on, but your eyes closed. The stronger the light, the better of course, the reason being is that even though your eyes are closed, light
penetrates the eyelids and so your brain doesnt think its time to sleep.
OK so your sitting, lieing down, whatever, just be relaxed. sitting is optimal but if you can't, then lie down. The whole idea of the sitting is that
you stay awake for one... that your spine is straight and energy can flow freely through your body unblocked.. and usually the hands or arms are
rested on the legs, which are crossed. Essentially this is circulating your energy by keeping your limbs in contact in some way. You'll notice the
difference. I lie down personally, but I kinda fold my legs like a pretzel..as comfortable as I can.. discomfort will constantly screw up your
meditation, so get really comfortable, but again not so much as you'd fall asleep. Like lie on your bed, the floor if its not rock hard.. and even
give yourself a pillow, why not. But yeah.. I lie down, fold my legs, and you notice a big difference in feeling when you dont fold them.. I relax my
arms.. I used to clench my fists because it was most comfortable for me, but now I let my hands be open, resting on my bed, with the tip of my index
finger touching the tips of my thumbs on the same hand... I find this peaceful, so I do it. With your hands open, fingers free... you can really feel
your energy flowing more. It will feel like blood or water in your fingers but it will be tingling you know?
I also try to make contact with the roof of my mouth and my tongue. The taosist..qi-gong guys do this to connect their energy and I must say the first
time I did this I felt something. It feels like it does connect something. It connects your conceptive vessel to your governing or something... front
energy to your back.. I just know I feel relaxed like energy flows better this way.
Anyways... so now thats HALF the battle. Getting all comfortable, and peaceful... relaxed breathing, relaxed body..
First, I'd say.. throw out all pre-conceptions of what meditation is like because everyone's is different. Don't go into it expecting anything,
just go with it. But its good that before you start, you set a goal, like something you want to figure out if you reach deep meditative thought..like
a problem. I used to do that, but I feel I don't have any problems that need to be acknowledged..so... basically, yesterday my meditation goal
was...reach a deeper state of meditation/concentration.. reach a higher frequency, and try to sustain it, and understand it, and let it transform
Ok so anyway... relaxed, breathing moderately, through your nose.
Ok.. so eliminating distracting thoughts... I'm not plagued by these so much anymore but I used to be for sure. I did what this book told me and it
worked. I used to close my eyes and do it for 15 minutes every day. If you can't ignore a thought... if you can't basically tell it... you're of
no use to me right now, go away.. then try to cancel it out like. It sounds negative.. but.. it worked for me. Like say you got a food craving..
think about how disgusting the process of eating and digestion really is.. killing a filthy animal and putting its filthy body in your mouth just to
stay alive. Ha. You know when you see something disturbing and you're like AHH i dont wanna think about it. Yeah, well that works.
So that should get the big distractions out of the way.. Now of course your mind is going to have little pointless BS thoughts about random stuff that
just pop up constantly. This is something the meditator must over-come. Concentrating on your breath should keep you a little focussed and make these
thoughts slow down in the frequency in which they appear.
Theres another thing I was tought which helps you get pretty focussed right away: Count down from 10 to 0.. see the numbers in your head, when you
get to 7 picture it being a red 7...and then orange 6, yellow 5, green 4, blue 3, violet 2, white 1, 0 nothing.. It requires more concentration then
you'd think. I do this 2 or 3 times in a row and I notice my attention begins to sharpen.
[edit on 8-2-2008 by CavemanDD]