Why did you start meditating?

Joe (@toothlessjoe) 8 years, 9 months ago

Just curious as to why you started meditating?

Personally, I was dealing with depression, and fortunately it was suggested by somebody I know that I should try meditation, and from that point on my life has improved in an indescribable way. I’m curious as to what was your reason to start meditating.

Also, it’d be awesome to hear how it has helped or changed your views on life. :-)

Cheers

February 26, 2013 at 2:51 pm
Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Honestly not quite sure why I started, it was very gradual. I think after having a few bad trips on mushrooms, I began to realize the power of the mind and how your thoughts could greatly affect your life quality. Then I took a study skills class that went deeper into the effects that negative and positive thinking could have on your body. I realized that my problems with anxiety and awkward feelings (constantly) were probably due to my constant worrying about things I had no control over. So more and more frequently I concentrated on positive thinking.
More recently I have began meditating on a daily basis, using guided meditation sessions, and it has drastically changed the way I judge myself, my whole mindset is just more positive. The last couple days I’ve been experimenting without guided meditation and am amazed at how much more powerful my mind is on it’s own. The most noticeable effect is I’ve had more dreams in the last week than I have in the last two years of my life. It’s insane. I have quite a few friends who are deep in depression, I’ve recommended meditating to them. One told me he can’t do it, the other told me it “pisses” her off. I don’t think there is anything that could help them more and I just think they are too closed minded to the idea. Blows my mind they think that way about it though

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Suereyya (164) (@drapetomania) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I used to have really bad, nearly uncontrollable panic attacks almost daily for a few months. Meditation has helped me a lot in many ways.

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stepark (0) (@stepark) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

At about 27 yrs old I met a business man in his 50s. He was ex-army with a shaved head, muscles on top of muscles and plenty of cash, not the kind of bloke you would want to meet down a dark alley and certainly not the type you would expect to preach meditation, but preach it he did. He gave me a book by Ron Holland saying he had read it at 21 and never looked back. Both the book and meditation changed my life and lead me to the path I am on now.

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1.61803399 (247) (@drunkmonkmeth) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Wanted to see if it was the real deal.

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Marie (2,051) (@ARCANUS) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Depression, anxiety and a general fragmentation lead me to meditate. It made me aware of my body, and thusly myself. I became focused on treating myself well, and started taking good care of myself. After this, of course, my mental health and wellbeing have completely changed. Unfortunately I don’t do it often enough, and it’s not routine for me as of yet. But just doing it once in a while has helped me immensely.

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VladtheGlad (11) (@nappa) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@stepark, What book?

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Almeida (304) (@xetado) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

When I first had a lucid dream, I kept trying to do it again a few times. But many times while trying I got into a more higher state, where I was very powerful, I could think of anything complicated, like math problems, and solve it quickly. Then, I started to search in internet about spirituality and found things about meditation… :)

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Fran (0) (@snowwwhite) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

By the time we hit our teens, my best friend and I were gossiping like old ladies during every school break. Which is funny cause he is a boy. We pushed the boundaries of contempt to another level, our cynicism knew no limit. Being so damn awful was funny and bound us together.

After school we moved to different countries and kept in touch via MSN. One day we got chatting and just from the way he typed, I could tell that his mood had shifted to a whole new place. I tried to bait him into saying something pithy. It didn’t work. Finally the truth came out: “I went on a meditation retreat.”

…WHAT?!

“Good lord, he’s joined a sect.” That was my first thought. But then he explained a little about the Vipassana centre he visited, how the place is funded and what he learnt. It took him a while to convince me he wasn’t on the kool aid.

I ummed and ahhed about it for a year. I was an atheist, a scientist; believing in this kind of stuff was for the weak-willed. And yet, knowing that my friend, my partner in mischief had tried meditation, it took on a whole new credibility. I don’t think I would have ever ventured down that path otherwise. Finally, prompted by a minor life crisis, I decided to give it a shot.

I struggle to commit to the practice. I resist it, but I always go back to it. Whether I make it or not, there’s no doubt in my mind that life would look a lot bleaker without meditation. I hope everyone finds that high school friend!

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Joe (3) (@toothlessjoe) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I love that everyone has a story that all leads to similar outcomes. Meditation is very powerful, and I find HE and its HEthens truly awesome. Thanks for sharing everyone :-)

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Mike Wuest (510) (@mikeyw829) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@toothlessjoe, Two summers ago, I had about a two week period of extreme lucidity and mental clarity. I just saw the world in a completely different way. Everything seemed alive and I was actually happy for once. I had no interest in spirituality or anything either.

During this time, I could easily see ways in which to improve my life. Kind of like I was viewing my life from a detached perspective and could see everything crystal clear. However, I was thinking about things a shitload and my mind seemed like it was on overdrive sometimes. Meditation (stilling the mind, just sitting and observing) just seemed like a smart thing to do.

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kalifornia (10) (@kaliholiday) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@toothlessjoe, It’s kinda funny, i only started meditating about 4 months ago. But when i started i had no self awareness in terms of ego or indulgence.

One of my biggest motives to meditate was to become immensely smarter and more learned that others. I mean, thats all good, but my ego was a bit outa control and i never knew it. I also wanted to meditate to help ward off addiction (weed, alcohol…), and it kept my mind at peace which helped with depression, anxiety, and OCD.

Now, i am more aware of who i am. I am more aware of how i think- i realized WHY i get anxious, and i am able to avoid those situations better. I realized what makes me sad, and i can avoid it. I am smarter that before- but i don’t compare myself to others. I have become more compassionate. I wish good will to others. Hell, before meditation i was kinda an asshole. I was more judgmental. Now i can withdraw energy from negative emotions such as judgment.

All in all, i’ve only meditated for 4 months- and the improvemts are clear.

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Anonymous (214) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

As a way to combat intense emotional swings which resulted from stress in school and relationships. I felt I had no other choice but to go inside, and it worked.

@toothlessjoe

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Luigi (1,453) (@luigiblue) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

1: Depression
2: Social anxiety
3: Over-thinking
4: Insomnia
5: Learning to breathe (Everyone breathes but most people don’t do it right)

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Joe (3) (@toothlessjoe) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@luigiblue, +1…correct breathing helps a lot

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MsKisa (20) (@mskisa) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@toothlessjoe, I started meditation because I wasn’t dealing well with being bipolar, and my ‘scientific’ way of dealing with it just wasn’t working anymore. I was on the meds prescribed to me, and still attempted suicide. So I figured if attempt number 4 didn’t work out, I had to look at things other than medicine and science, and meditation seemed like a good combination of science and ‘other’ stuff XD

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stepark (0) (@stepark) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@nappa, The first was called something like think yourself rich or think and grow rich and the sequel he also gave me was something like Turbo Success, 2 titles I wouldn’t have touched with a barge pole under my own steam, however, touch I did and this over the last 6 years or so has led me to the type of material covered on this site

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