reply to post by stonebutterfly
when i first started meditating. i would sit half lotus on a pillow, i struggle with full lotus due to a hip injury. I started by
sitting 15 min a day religiously in the beginning whenever i could find a chance. the time period would increase as the days went on along with the
frequency. as the day would go on and i would be stress or worried, i would remember how peaceful i am while sitting, and would do it more and more.I
then learned of the Buddha's walking meditation. I learned my own form of driving meditation by driving 140000 miles in two years. the point being ,
that you will through practice, be able to meditate during all your waking moments if you desire.
I personally mediate by focusing on my breath, that is the only thing that matters.That is life and time enrolled in one. In insight
meditation-as others mentioned you notice your conscious memories, thoughts,and feelings.let them arise,acknowledge them, and let them go.the more you
do this the less you will eventually be bothered by them because they will be addressed and let go. you may start crying or laughing,pay attention to
the cause, experience it fully, then let it go.
once you are familiar with your meditative state maybe work with a mantra. I use "om mani padme hum"(translates roughly Jewel in the lotus, the
Buddha said that anyone who recites this mantra will gain enlightenment with his direct help, if they are sincere in their efforts. with the use of
this mantra, i have learned some important things. This particular mantra works within your breath perfectly, find your own rhythm. the mantra focuses
your mind.if you are breathing and reciting a mantra you have no time to entertain other thoughts. if you do, go back to the mantra. Also my favorite
part, the mantra becomes linked with your enlightened meditative mind, therefore within seconds of saying my 1st om mani, i am in theta waves.
Briefly let me point out a technique which i learned on my own. Concentrate on the pause in between your breathe. This is the point where you are
neither inhaling nor exhaling. it is the moment of true absorption, this is where time resides. this is the link to infinite possibilities.
clench your anus and such in your gut. put your tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth just behind your front teeth. This completes the
energy points which allow for the flow of chi. this may be the advanced lesson, but its nice to keep in mind.see some of my other posts.
check out this link for "om mani padme hum" here. Its my favorite.
blessings, hope i helped.