reply to post by wrdwzrd
Best wishes for your outreach program wrdwzrd.
I practice meditation, firstly, to experience the present moment with clear awareness and observation. This is the meditation of life, of being keenly
aware of the inner world and the outer world. Secondly, I practice meditation of alternate states of consciousness. I do not practice any traditional
meditation schools of thought, I just do what works for me and I draw supplemental inspiration from Buddha, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, and Chakra training.
1. What is the number one question you have about meditation?
- None at this moment.
2. What was your expectation of starting a meditation practice? What did you think it would do for you?
- I did not know what to expect.
3. Did you have some instruction before starting? If yes, what kind?
- Only minor instruction; "Get comfortable and relax your mind."
4. Why did you want to try meditation?
- I was engaged in various religious/spiritual studies.
5a What is/was your biggest “problem” with your meditation practice?
- Quieting the mind.
5b Why do you think __________ caused that problem with your practice?
- An unquiet mind distracts the consciousness of the the truth of what "IS
" and the present moment.
6. What are some of the common difficulties you have had in your practice? (ie painful legs, too noisy, etc)
- Quieting the mind of thoughts.
7. How long into your practice did you stop if indeed you did?
- I did not stop
8. What was your main reason for not continuing on with meditation on a regular basis?
- I meditate on a regular basis
9. How long would you normally sit for?
- Between 10 minutes and 8 hours.
10. When in the day/night would you normally sit?
- All times of the day
11. What posture did you most commonly use and was it comfortable for you?
- I meditate in many postures, most commonly; Laying down, or sitting crossed legs, or sitting half Lotus, or full Lotus. All are comfortable, but the
Lotus took many moons to blossom
12. What amount of time could you realistically set aside each day for meditation?
- 1 to 3 Hours
13. What could a meditation teacher do to help you?
- No help, but would enjoy them sharing their relative-subjective experiences.