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[–] totes_magotes 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This is a common issue. Meditation is the art of doing absolutely nothing and it is the most difficult thing you’ll ever do.

If you can, devote a space just for meditation.

Just like brushing your teeth, it is a habit you must develop. Tie it to something you already do habitually.

“Just 5 minutes.” Minimize the struggle by minimizing the task.

Decide why you want to do it. If you’re doing it because it’s healthy or different or whatever, you’ll struggle. If you actually want to do it, you’ll find it easier to set aside the time.

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[–] FrozenFire74 [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Habit and I have a unfortunate relationship, as I've dealt with addiction in many forms. I've finally kicked one of my bad habits, so maybe I can make this work for me. It will be the most difficult thing I've tackled in my life, but it will definitely be worth it, as it will help me handle my cravings.

I'm glad to see someone recognize it as being so difficult, because being consistent with anything has always been a trial for me.

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[–] totes_magotes 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

being consistent with anything has always been a trial for me

You are what you say you are. Perhaps it's time that you tell yourself that you are easily consistent with healthy things?

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[–] elitch2 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Just breathe, man.

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[–] FrozenFire74 [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's been a very effective technique in a major of speaking. Counting the time from breathing in, and again for the breath out. Using the In and Out was very effective at getting my mind to concentrate on the breath.

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[–] heretolearn 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

the power of now, and autobiography of a yogi are great books to help with meditation.

a beginner tip I tried was focusing on a flame from a candle for a few min. then close your eyes and just picture the flame in your mind. every time a thought pops in, just keep picturing the flame.10 min of actual meditation is equivalent to a month worth of reading about it.

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[–] Kgls 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

This is called "mindful meditation" and is quite helpful for the restless monkey mind people. I do this while baking and it works really well for my mind.

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[–] FrozenFire74 [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I do, actually, as I've found that when I was working on monotonous tasks at work, I could put on an ambiance track and feel more refreshed afterwards than when I take my lunch. It was a shame that I couldn't do some of that while on lunch, but I can understand why my employer wasn't keen on me working while off the clock.

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[–] TheBuddha 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Don't mistake meditation with concentration. Both have their values.

The real question is, what do you want to meditate for? Specifically, why do you want to do so?

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[–] FrozenFire74 [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Concentration and meditation share a similar relationship as rectangles and squares from my understanding. I found myself drawn to meditation after pondering the concept of transcendentalism. I've felt most at peace with this world and it's paradoxes when I was very consistent with meditating. There was an understanding with it that I couldn't put into words to explain to someone else. Calling it a 'high' would encompass some of the sensations with it, but it wasn't simply a chemical reaction occurring in my body.

From that, I would have to say I meditate because it keeps me grounded, a means of returning from the extremes of experience in this world. Sorry if this seems incredibly sappy, but I meditate so that I can continue to play my part in this world without being sidetracked by the fleeting tangible experiences. It doesn't take much for me to get completely obsessed with the means of euphoria in this life.

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[–] TheBuddha 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Are you familiar with the concept of mindfulness?

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[–] middle_path 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Sit down, shut up, be still, breathe.

Pick one technique and stick with it.

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[–] TurdLord5000 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Look up the book "Open Focus Brain" after you finish the first exercise in the book, stop reading after you get to the link with the audio exercises (the rest of the book is just success stories to fill up pages so they could get the thing published) and do those a few times a day. Perfect for lazy people like us.

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[–] FrozenFire74 [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I will add that one to the list, if only for the exercises. Thank you for the reccomendation!

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[–] TurdLord5000 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It's not traditional meditation by any means. The book mostly is a summary of the author's biofeedback research. During his research he found that asking his subjects questions about spatial relationships between bodily sensations was the fastest way to get them to enter Alpha without previous training. The audio exercises are based on those spatial relationship and body sensation questions developed during the research, but supposedly aren't quite as effective without the actual biofeedback tech. The author also recounts one subject that had been faithfully meditating for years, but actual eeg readings showed he never entered alpha during his meditation. One session of biofeedback with the right guidance was all it took to get the guy into Alpha. I'm currently saving up for an affordable EEG device. But I've had crazy successes with the audio files alone; listening to them three times a day, coupled with the "Alpha Sound" isochronic pulses from the glorious cultists at The Silva Institute.

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[–] Sosacms 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I've been trying to use the same method as my brother and what I've read in a few books. It's a simple concept. Visualize a flame, can be a candle or a fire, then feed every thought, feeling, physical sensation, ect into that flame. Nothing takes hold in your mind, even physical nausea, because it's all just immediately tossed into the flame.

I struggle with mental visualization, so now and then I'll even light a candle and stare at the flame.

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[–] FrozenFire74 [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I did have some success with visualizing the flame before! I've had my best luck with an app called Calm, but mostly due to the fact that I was able to work that into a semi regular routine for me. Perhaps the discipline of focusing my mind of the visualization will help me strengthen my resolve for making it a routine in my life.

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[–] Sosacms 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

My preferred form of meditation is using the concept of keeping the mind occupied on a menial tasks and letting the rest of the mind go quiet. Widdling, knitting, a rubix cube, or even cleaning the house.

But for active meditation, I prefer the flame and simple breathing. Guided meditation is too distracting.

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