I just want to start by saying that the title of this thread may be a bit of a misnomer in that what is effective for one person may not be effective
for everyone. I've discovered that this is an effective way to meditate according to my experience. Also, depending on the person, it may be simple
for one but not for all. Just be aware that this type of meditation may not be for you. As a disclaimer, I also want to say that this type of
meditation is not the usual type of meditation (it is somewhat based on what is generally known as mindful meditation). That said, let's get right to
Should I Sit?
When somebody begins the practice of meditation the first thing that you may ask is, how do I sit. I've found that it doesn't really matter. I
personally don't understand why some are so dogmatic about even sitting up with your back against something. I think that if you are sitting up, yes,
it is important to have your back against something, but you don't necessarily have to be in any sitting posture to meditate. I've found that it is
quite easy to meditate lying down. This is what I tend to do by the way. Some people argue that if you lie down, it's easier to get out of meditation
and go to sleep. However, I don't think that it's a big deal if you go to sleep. Besides, you don't usually go to sleep before having meditated for
about 20 minutes (20 minutes being used as an example of the amount of time someone meditates). However, I realize that everyone is different, and
what they want to achieve is different. I think that the most important thing is to be comfortable while meditating, and so I opt for being
comfortable. I tend to get restless while meditating, so lying down for me helps me really calm down.
Another important thing when trying my type of meditation is that you have to have strong visualization skills. If you feel that you don't already
have that, I would suggest that in your preemptive meditation routine, try to visualize your thoughts. In other words, try to formulate a picture for
each of your thoughts and feelings. When the visualization of your thoughts resembles something that can be illustrated or animated for example, then
you can move on to try the type of meditation that I am proposing. If you already have strong visualization skills, then excellent.
Once you feel that you have strong visualization skills, you are ready to begin. Start by experimenting with your thoughts. If there is something that
concerns you, such as a strong feeling about something, try to visualize the feeling, and play with the feeling. In other words, try to mess around
with the visualization of the feeling as if it were some kind of science experiment. I find it hard to put the idea of "playing with the thought or
feeling" into words. I guess the best way to put it is, imagine that you are in a laboratory and imagine that your thoughts and feelings are the
science experiments. You can visualize the feeling being stretched out, sliced as if with an imaginary invisible scalpel, compressed, twisted and
turned, or turned into something that looks different from the initial visualization of the feeling. Feel free to be very creative with the different
types of images that you can take to the various thoughts and feelings. If there is a certain type of thought that you think is important to have in
your awareness, for example, then experiment with this thought in like manner. I feel that it is important to play with or mess around with your
thoughts and feelings because it helps you master your thoughts and feelings, and it helps you view them objectively as something that you have
control over. I also highly recommend that when doing this type of meditation, to not dwell on any one thought or feeling at any point in time. When
you get really good at it, you will most likely visualize yourself experimenting with many thoughts and feelings at a time in a symphony of awareness.
If you feel yourself being clear of thoughts, then try to imagine conjuring a visualization of a thought or feeling out of thin air and playing or
experimenting with this thought or feeling. Sometimes if you simply visualize anything (not necessarily something you perceive as a thought or
feeling), that thing which may seem like any visualization, will be the representation of a deeper thought or feeling from the subconscious that a
deeper aspect of yourself feels that you may need to work on, or at least be aware of and view dispassionately.
Once you get proficient at this type of meditation as I've explained it, the beauty of it is that when you do, you can use this meditation as a base
or touchstone to build upon. If you would like to, then you may use this meditation as a focus (or center) and go from there.
And that's it! I know that this sounds very simple compared to some systems of meditation. However, the key is to do this type of meditation
consistently. And that's the part that is not simple. The point is to do something simple that anyone can pretty much do, and make a regular routine
out of it. I recommend that each time you do it, do it until your mind gets tired and easily distracted, which is a different span of time for
everyone. This could be twenty minutes or an hour. Just don't try to be a superhero and go for too long; at least not at first. It's important to be
honest with yourself and what you know you can do. The other thing that may not be simple is getting your mind to the point where you can visualize at
a proficient level. If you feel that your skill at visualization is simply not getting optimized, then you may, if you like, exercise your
visualization skills while attempting my way of meditating. There is one caveat if you decide to do this however. If you decide to just jump right
into it without getting good at visualization, then you may run the risk of having this type of meditation feel like work and not like fun. So
therefore, it may be worth it in the long run to enhance your skill at visualization if you want to get good at this type of meditation.
Isolation is Important
I've also tried to duplicate this technique of meditation while doing whatever it is that I normally do (surfing the web, watching TV, reading, etc.).
But that is something very hard to do, if not, nearly impossible to do effectively (or as effective as the usual way). I find that it's very important
to set aside quiet time without distractions to do this, and when that happens you will simply reap the benefits in your normal life.
So anyway, that's the simple way and a very effective way to meditate. I find that a lot of books and websites are vague as far as how to meditate
(not all books are vague, but for the novice the right book may be hard to find). So therefore, I hope that this type of meditation is useful for you.
You can play around with this way of meditating, I encourage people to adapt this method to their own if it doesn't exactly work for them. Happy
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