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If you could flick a switch and open your third eye, You'd see that We should never be afraid to die
I am newish to the meditation realm, and had (seemingly) simple questions that I can't seem to get answered anywhere.
I was hoping that the lot of you would be able to throw in your collective ideas, mantras, reasons, and your "Why." The reason you meditate, is the "Why" I refer to.
What do you say to yourself while you meditate?
Do you say anything?
Am I supposed to be actively envisioning something?
Am I supposed to feel anything?
Am I supposed to fall asleep?
Should I be sitting or laying down?
What about standing?
Is the point of this just simple silence?
What role do candles and crystals and incense play in all this?
Are they necessary?
Can I play music in the background?
Am I allowed to drink some water while meditating if my throat is dry?
Is there some sort of guide out there for this? I've looked high and low and can't seem to find any solid accounting of this, or even two people who do it the same way. It makes me question meditation's effectiveness, and also makes me question if anyone really knows what they're doing when they meditate.
I'd love your input on the topic, and I would be ecstatic if someone with some real knowledge on the subject could drop some knowledge bombs on the rest of us (mostly me though, because it is my thread). From the outside looking in, I can see meditation being beneficial to me, I just want to know that I am doing it "the right way" so as not to waste my time.
Thanks in advance!
You can't be attached to the results. If you're constantly thinking about whether or not you're achieving the "desired effect" (see the problem?), you're... well, you're doing just that--constantly thinking. Which is the exact opposite of what you want.
You'll know when you're doing it "right", and it will come. But it takes practice and experimentation to find a method that "fits". If you do it every day, it won't be long until it becomes almost... gravitational. It pulls you in without any effort on your part. You sort of just have to give up trying and let it do you instead of you doing it.
Patience, or the absence of anticipation, is key.
reply to post by NthOther
So not being attached to the outcome of my (20 minutes?) is something to keep in mind before I clear my mind?
I see the inherent problem, but recognize that the problem exists before the action, and therefore is not necessarily a problem while the action is underway.
So the action of meditation is an exercise in clearing thoughts from the mind, as well as...(can you fill in more for me, please)?