Originally posted by MegaSpace
Ok its for relaxation. Thank you all for taking the time to explain.
Wouldn’t the act of doing the very things that we enjoy such as a hobby or a person we love hanging out with have the very same affect as the
meditation methods above?
I would agree that a hobby can be as beneficial to calming your mind and body as a relaxation exercise, lets say you like to draw or paint. If you
have no other forms of stimulation such as music, TV etc, then the mind can focus and just paint.
At that time of painting, nothing else in the world exists, nothing matters except your painting, you can be focused so much on your painting in a way
that you have no other thoughts, no emotions, only the act and thought of your painting is left, concentrating completely on every brushstroke, every
line, every colour etc.
This, I imagine, would leave you feeling very relaxed, both physically and mentally.
Originally posted by MegaSpace
Look im trying to access the level of understanding of people here, Im a spiritual person & consider my self highly evolved “without boasting” who
now looks at more practical solutions rather then a band aid solutions to relaxing & for personal growth
There is so much one can learn about themselves through introspection and self observance.
Lets say that you want to meditate on the part of you that gets angry, to try and discover why you get angry, upset or annoyed.
After going through whatever process you prefer to completely relax, start to think of a time that you got angry. Try to remember the whole episode
from the time you were calm to the time you either lashed out, hit someone, got aggressive or just lost it!
What happened? Why? Did your outburst have the desired outcome? What was your desired outcome?
There are hundreds of questions you could ask yourself regarding just this one incident.
Try to work backwards from the point of 'no return', the point where you 'lost it'.
What was the final straw? What was it that triggered that point in you that anger surfaced and you lost control? Why couldn't you control yourself?
Was it because you were offened? Threatened? Your pride hurt?
Try to review the whole episode as an observer, don't get caught up in the emotions of the time and don't fall into the trap of feeling the emotions,
try to be objective about it, try to 'step out' of yourself and observe the scene, hopefully you will identify the instant you lost control and maybe
you will have learned something about yourself, maybe about your egos, personality, how your mind and emotions work.
Of course, all the above is easier said than done, but it takes time and practice, and total honesty with yourself. You may not like what you learn
about yourself, you may find that you are full of pride (who isn't!) who is easily offened, or that you are intolerant, but this is how we come to
know ourselves and begin a change.
If you don't want to think of something specific, try just going over the whole day, from the time you woke up until the time you went to bed, How
many emotions did you feel throughout the day? What triggered them? How did you react to everyone you met that day? Positively? Negatively? Why?
We have a legion of egos and emotions, this is why getting to truly know ourselves can take a life time, maybe many life times but the truth of
ourselves can set us free!
Meditation on yourself is time well spent, you will learn a lot about who you are and why you are who you are.
However, meditation is not limited to gaining knowledge of yourself, you can meditate on anything to gain knowledge, and this knowledge when gained
will be a direct knowledge that you personally have experienced, not an intellectual knowledge learned form books or others. Although knowledge from
books and others is important too as this helps us understand the process and can help guide us along the path.
Hope this has helped a little.
edit on 25/8/12 by Gnobody because: (no reason given)