Questions on Meditation

Tylor Jaskierny (@tylorjaskierny) 8 years, 9 months ago

So I have recently been trying meditation for about two weeks, and I am finding it incredibly hard to just “not think.” I sit there with my back straight and legs crossed in a quiet room, but thats the extent of it. I don’t feel like I am meditating just sitting there. I try and find something to focus on like my breath or sensations, but I just dont know If I am doing anything right. I was just wondering if anyone can help me with tips to ease my mind, and help me actually experience meditation.

February 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm
Brandon P’naantan Pinkney (321) (@hlalhabattu) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tylorjaskierny, for me at least, the “don’t think” concept is intentionally ambiguous, as when I started out I couldn’t focus, because when I’d try, I’d tell myself to focus, then I’d realize that was a thought, and I’d get stuck in a “don’t think hole” soon I realized that I’m not supposed to actively think, in that the thoughts will naturally come, seemingly of their own volition, and as such, I should ignore them instead of trying to fight thought with thought. think of it like skiing, the state you want to get to is at the foot of the mountain and the thoughts are like gates. you may think “holy shit, there’s a gate, I should avoid it, but what you are really doing is going “against the grain” and shooting yourself in the foot, what you really want to do is go through them all as they appear, eventually you’l just stop noticing them and they’ll disappear. so remember, go through each thought, not dwelling on them and not trying to circumvent them, as it’ll take you forever to calm down and get to where you are getting. hope this helps

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Carl (47) (@birdofprey) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Well for me personally, the trick is not that you should “not think”, it’s that you should let your thoughts float right on by. Imagine your sitting by a river, your thoughts are the river floating right by you, don’t make judgement on them, don’t comment on them. Just watch. After some practice you’ll realise that this river you’ve been watching is your stream of consciousness, flowing right along, never ending!
In my opinion the object is not to “not think” but to free your mind by letting your thoughts float right on by. I hope that makes some sense to you!

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