There has been a wide variety of mediation techniques and discussions posted on here for a while so I thought I would post one with a different variation.
Mediation under water.
I’ve been going swimming a lot so for this summer and every single time I go I find myself holding my breath and just sinking under water without moving a muscle. At first, holding my breath was very hard. I would panic really quick and immediately submerge from the water. After a while of doing this, I started staying under longer and longer and I noticed that it is only when you realize you aren’t breathing that you begin to panic. So I continued this several more times and the more I do it, the longer I am able to keep myself under. Focusing on my mind instead of my breathing (which I guess is the opposite of regular meditation, where you focus on your breathing instead of your mind).
I have now made this almost a daily routine, I go to the gym, go straight to the pool, do a few laps and then just sink and meditate for as long as I can. I actually find it very liberating. You hear absolutely nothing but your thoughts and you see absolutely nothing but darkness.
Has anyone ever tried anything like this?
I have never tried this but I really want to. I grew up on the water, it’s where I feel most at ease, I think it would be amazing. I think you should definitely keep us updated on how it goes as you continue with it.
I’ve tried it, it was pretty nice. Also just submerging your body in water but keeping your face above the surface so you can breathe is a nice method as well. Meditating in the shower is great too.
There’s something very special about water and its effect on the psyche.
I don’t know how to swim but this year when I went to Greece, to get over the fear of water, I learned to hold my breath and just float. Imagine a dead body floating on the water with the face in the water :). It’s really nice. There is this calm and silence that overtakes you where you just let go and float wherever the water takes you. I didn’t think of it as meditation but it does certainly change your state of mind.
@ Mike, Ya I am enjoying it a lot..I’ll definitely update everyone at the end of the summer.
@emil, Ya I have tried just floating with only my head out of the water, but I enjoy my head being under water and completely losing senses, Hearing, smelling, tasting and seeing.
@Ka, That is exactly how I found this out. I just started floating in the water without moving and it was such a peaceful experience so I started thinking of it as a meditation technique and have been enjoying it ever since.
Regarding the losing of senses, there is a thing called isolation tank (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isolation_tank) or sensory deprivation tank. The idea is that the water is the exact temperature of your skin, everything is pitch dark and you’re floating in the water. You completely lose all your senses. And if you don’t have any thoughts in your head, it’s like you’re experiencing non-existence. I’ve tried it twice for 1 hour and when I got out of there I was in a blissed out state for a couple of hours.
I first heard about flotation tanks from Joe Rogan. The guy has his own tank in his house. By a chain of coincidences, I found the only one in my country right in my town. It is inside a new age-ish restaurant and is advertised as a relaxation method and/or way to experience samadhi. The tank is also inside a pyramid, for special effects for the believer :). I may try it once again because I now feel more capable of letting everything go.
I see that there are some flotation tanks in Italy:
I don’t record the time because it ruins the whole meditation factor. I want to be able to not worry about being under there. I don’t want to be thinking “Oh 30 seconds, 40 seconds etc etc” All I know is each time I have tried this It has felt longer and longer. One of my friends said I wasn’t moving for a good minute so I’m guessing, give or take, it is about a minute.
when i swim i blow out half of my air under water, this makes me sink but gives me enough oxygen to stay under for a while. also because of this i can lay on the bottom of the swimming pool witch is an awesome feeling. no sound, no air to control over and when you close your eyes no sight. this is indeed a very nice way to meditate. pity i can’t stay down under for hours…
Hey, I never write on these things, but felt I can contribute. I often meditate in the bath with a flannel over my eyes and ears under the water, making sure the air has come out of them. It gives you a very intimate time with yourself making it easier to concentrate on just yourself and you’re heart. Aslo I noticed under the water you can hear you’re heart beat (when you increase you’re breathing) and you can hear the different types of pitch depending on what you’re thinking!! So our hearts really are connected to our thoughts. Love every thing x