Hey I’m Ed :) I’m interested in different types of meditation and their benefits. I’ve looked online for information but didn’t find anything I thought was useful. At the moment I guess I’d know 3 types of meditation which would be:
-“Nature Meditation” Which is sitting outside in silence trying not to comment on any thoughts that arise, just listening to what’s around me. I find that it’s useful for clearing my head and appreciating life a lot more.
-“Crystal Meditation” I was skeptical at first but once I cleared my head and allowed myself to feel, I definitely felt benefits. I think it’s useful depending on what crystal you use.
-“Energy Meditation” Which I learned from this site, for me it’s lying down and concentration on the shape of my foot until I feel a tingle and then trying to spread that tingle across my body. I’m not sure of the benefits of this is but I do it because it’s fun and I had a very awesome experience while doing it.
You’d like doing a loving kindness exercise. It can be done with any of the methods you’ve been using but once you are relaxed in your meditation, imagine someone you love very much, who brings you much joy, standing in front of you and hug them. Feel exactly how incredible the embrace is, so reassuring, so filled with love. Hold onto them for as long as you need to. Then imagine a stranger standing in front of you. Hug them too and try to recreate those same sensations of love and understanding and warmth in your embrace. When you feel as though you’ve accomplished that, try to envision someone you do not particularly care for/hate/accept and give THEM a hug filled with all the compassion and caring you have available in your heart. It helps to go into it with the notion that we are all inherently creatures of love.
I do zazen.(more or less)
There are a couple ways you can do it.
Basically you just sit with your legs crossed (preferably you sit on a cushion) and eyes a little open and then you count breaths (1 through 10), or you can watch your breath, or you can just be aware of sounds and whatever sensations come to you, or you can just sit and focus on the nothing in particular, just being aware and sitting.
If you want to burn incense or something or chant a mantra either silently or aloud.
Usually sit for 15 to 30 minutes.
Sometimes I do a walking meditation where on each step I focus on the sensation of the walking and sometime I will say inside my head, “Stepping left, Stepping right.”
I did a meditation for while that I don’t really do anymore where you focus on the patterns on the back of your eyelids.
You can basically use anything as a meditation
I just observe. I try to stay concentrated on my breath, but often thoughts wonder. Once I become aware of them I just (naturally these days) return my attention back to the breath, and the sensations it gives on my nostrils.
The “energy meditation” you speak of is basically like Vipassana meditation; buddha’s original teachings. It is an amazing technique which has a lot of “theory” behind it.
Everyone should meditate. It is an incredible gift to the higher awareness that the human race has. If you are reading this and have never meditating, please try. If you think it isn’t your “scene”, realise how close minded that is. Give it a go. There is a beautiful world inside of you. Start to see it.
@wabasabi, I’ve been trying to add it to my morning routine, so even with a crazy schedule, as long as you wake up at home you can get your day started with things that will set you in the right direction.
Doesn’t matter when you wake up, as long as when you do you get into the habit of consistently starting your day with positive momentum~
@orange, Have you tried brainwave meditation? It can be an amazing addition to your more traditional meditation practices, as it helps you drop to a deeper level of relaxation more quickly. In this way you can explore realms that usually require years of practice. It really is amazing, I have been having the most extraordinary experiences and results with it!
There really is no time and space to give the full details in this thread, but I have shared my experiences here – http://www.brainwavelove.com
I recently completed three weeks of forcing myself to do it everyday to develop the habit (the whole 21 days thing). Only 15 min a day and I’ve seen a massive shift in my ability to concentrate and calm my mind.
My favorite thing to do was to imagine my head/mind as an ocean, and with every breath in and out imagine that sea plants were gently swaying back and forth along with it. Helped me focus and felt very cool.
@cooper2023, It does feel like ‘forcing’ oneself at the beginning. Once you get into the habit, though, it’s totally worth it. Love your ways by the way, with the ocean and the plants :) Have to try it myself, I like the idea!
@ashtonbrainwavelove, Definitely is worth it, now that it’s become a habit I don’t even have to try to motivate myself beforehand, it’s just natural. And if you do try that method let me know what you think, like I said I like it a lot.
What would this type of meditation be called:
Visualizing / reliving moments of your life when you felt amazing. When you felt complete. Moments when you felt most alive. Times in your life when you felt enlightened.
This is my favorite way to practice meditation.
What do you call this?
@orange, what I have tried was energy meditation and the three pillars of (za)zen meditation. I really enjoyed energy meditation but at the time when I practiced zazen every day, I noticed becoming much more focused, living in the moment which made my college much easier since it requires a lot of concentration, but on the other hand my random thoughts quieted down… Being an introvert it was very pleasant to me, but at the same time it had a devastating effect on my everyday life. Relaxing and enjoying in company became difficult since I kept being pulled into the moment, I kept being aware of the time flow (which I am normally not in a relaxed conversation) so did making small talk. Not that I really enjoy it, but it seems to be an essential part of some relationships I keep with my friends and which I cherish. So after a while I decided to practice meditation only when the “benefits outweigh the costs”… So my experience is that meditation might not be well suited for everybody…
My favorite type of meditating is doing it while dancing. It can be fascinating and relaxing at the same time. As I dance, I explore everything- the way my body can move, the way it naturally wants to move, the feeling of my feet/body on the floor, the weight of gravity suspending me in a position, the feeling of every muscle, every texture, every weight shift. I feel that I learn so much about my body’s natural movement and my connection to the space around me. After dancing/meditating, I feel like i’m on top of the world. :)