Originally posted by midnightrider07
Hey guys, thanks for the replies!
I didn't know anyone else had these experiences haha, but my friends have told me that I am pretty smart, or as one said "A Genius" (unlikely) but
I have found that I am very empathetic, and I look at things in perspective.
You're welcome. And it seems we have other things in common as well.
Traveler: Do you know any literature that would help me get back into meditation? What has worked for you? Or can you direct my research towards
someone/some school? My professor recommended Tich Nah Han (sp?) i believe in zen buddhism. I just can't seem to get back in these mindsets and I
really want to be able to.
These days I generally just sit comfortably, focus my eyes toward my pineal chakra and allow the 'tingling' to flow over me which brings immediate
peace and relaxation. This is our natural state rather than an achievement. If you are having difficulties it is only a temporary obstruction to
work around and pass. Below I've listed some 'tools' I've used to help pinpoint and remove such obstructions.
The single best piece of 'meditative' literature for me has been the Stephen Mitchell translation of the Tao Te Ching, this particular translation
because I find it beautifully written. You may also be interested in the works of Mantak Chia.
I've used binaural beats to great, but not lasting, effect. Which is to say very effective for a time, but less so after a period. But if nothing
else they can provide an excellent 'trigger'. There are commercial products available as well as some freely available in different places here at
ATS as well as some freely available over the internet.
Do you have a mala (prayer bead string)? I've also found this effective in focusing my attention as well as any sort of 'tonal' instrument such as
a bell or gong. Being on a zen path, I suspect you may have as well?
Along the lines of sound I also use Ambient music to set an atmosphere. It is what some would call 'new age' but minimalist, the point of it being
that it can be played at low volume and simply blend in as background. Particular albums of interest I've found effective...
Frank Perry - Deep Peace/New Atlantis (The instrumentation on these albums consists entirely of 'tonal' instruments such as bells creating wonderful
harmonics and no electronics.)
John Foxx - Cathedral Oceans I/II (These albums contain vocalizations and are largely electronic)
Harold Budd - The Pearl (Mostly piano music with some electronic background)
Brian Eno - Ambient 1 (Another of mostly piano, but also some straight electronic pieces)
You can hear samples of any of these albums on Amazon the last I checked.
But something else we may have in common is that any of these techniques are limited in their effectiveness. I personally can't seem to find any
particular school or idea that provides me consistent 'results'. So my advice is to experiment. And if one technique proves less effective after
time, try another.
I've found a large point for myself to be not to become so concerned with the path I'm following that I forget why I'm on the journey.