Elements of Health · Meditate

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xiaolongbao has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.half.16 4 · 391 pts

Someone recently recommended the Pema Chodron audiobook “Don’t Bite the Hook”. I have now listened to it several times and found it amazingly insightful, calming, and even funny. If you struggle at all with anger, definitely consider listening. Only wish it had been available at my local library, but then again, it was much cheaper than a therapy session :)

:) cnd
almost 2 years ago

Thank you xlb, it looks promising. I just placed a hold at my library.

:) xiaolongbao
almost 2 years ago

Oo, you’re so lucky to have it available through the library! I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts after you listen :)

:) MaryAnn
almost 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing that, xlb. I really like Pema Chodron.

:) cnd
almost 2 years ago

Yes, I love my library so much!

almost 2 years ago

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CynthiaR has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 3,300 pts

There was a discussion a few days ago — Sylvie and MaryAnn, at least — about meditation practices. MaryAnn asked if I would share something online about what I was currently doing (since it is short, I said I love the Tibetan monk’s voice, etc).

This was a part of “Wild Divine Healing Rhythms”, which featured Drs Andrew Weil and Dean Ornish, physicians I have followed (and even gone to see) and whose products I have purchased for decades. I’m still using Weil’s mushroom-based moisturizer, which costs the earth in Malaysia but is wonderful. His knowledge of herbals is phenomenal and he’s always been a proponent of meditation, breathing and mind-body stuff.

The monk, Zen Master Nissim Amon, isn’t Tibetan at all. He’s a Korean/Japanese Zen master. Ha! Whatever, I love listening to him and his messages are ‘right up my alley’ so all is explained now. He was an addition to Weil’s ‘product line’ and this is their first collaboration with him. It was a ‘freebie’ series (a la Deepak Chopra) received through email, and I meditated to each of the days’ meditations and ‘bonus tracks’ for the 15- or 16 days, liked it so much I bought it AND bought it as gifts for a couple of friends as well.

Read about the monk and see free videos here and on YouTube:
http://www.wilddivine.com/zen-journey-with-master-nissim-amon/

Below is a DropBox link to the files, both the zipped file and a sub-folder with all the unzipped files. The files with “HR15S” contain the main track and the Bonus tracks in separate folders. Rather than simply post a taster, I’m linking to the whole thing and you can decide whether you buy it on your own at some point. Believe me, they’ve got enough of my money (happily spent over the years) to cover a whole set for everyone on HM.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/e6pp50f41bv3ocy/AACBYLacSQiy79UKWIQHO6pQa?dl=0

Each day has two parts, the meditation and the bonus track. I saved the files in my iTunes in separate playlists and named them by the subject. Each playlist, in my case, includes the meditation and the bonus track. It was a bit time-consuming to set it up that way, but I like having both on the same topic together.

Each day, I choose by mood or need. I pick out what feels right that day. For instance, today I chose Day 3 – Finding Inner Balance. The first track is 11:52. An unnamed woman introduces the objective — ‘working to steady your energy, regardless of what thoughts arise’, then Dr Ornish talks a bit to explain what the exercise does, then Master Nissim leads a meditation on the theme, centred around the breath (this is always around breathing). Most days there is a different breathing exercise; I love the variety and how each feels. V powerful.

The Day 3 Bonus Track is 8:41 and, in this day it’s Ornish (Weil on another day) talking about stress, balance, and then he leads another breathing thing which is a more detailed and specific breathing instruction. It ends with soft music for you to practice this particular breathing technique, a gong at the end, and so on.

Most days I listen to both, but if I only had ten minutes, I’d be happy to settle in with the bonus track and get myself calmed down and breathing.

Some of the other topics: Quiet Your Mind, Release Physical Tension, Cultivate Positive Emotions, Opening Yourself, Practice Compassion, Discover Gratitude, Connect Outside Yourself, A Daily Supplement, Set Your Intentions, Find Your Rhythm, Release Your Worries…

I’ve been using this very, very consistently (especially for me) since August and it’s been invaluable through a very challenging time. Namaste, healthy booklovers!

:) MaryAnn
over 3 years ago

Wow! Thanks a million, Cynthia!
Very good of you to describe and link to all of this.

Have just skimmed through at this point – will investigate carefully later today.

:) MaryAnn
over 3 years ago

Got ’em! Thanks again. Very generous of you. :-)

:) MadameAlto
over 3 years ago

Wow! I’ll have to investigate these links!

:) cnd
over 3 years ago

Thank you Cynthia, I’ll give them a try for sure! Also, he looks familiar, I think I have seen youtube videos before!

:) SylvieF
over 3 years ago

Thanks so much, Cynthia! Looking forward to investigating further.

:) gish11
over 3 years ago

This is great. Thanks

:) gish11
over 3 years ago

This is great. Thanks

over 3 years ago

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Elfu has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.half.16 8 · 1,149 pts

I found this very beautiful song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3VmECyWl5c It contains mantras from two different traditions and holy names from many more.

:) MaryAnn
over 3 years ago

Beautiful song.

:) MaryAnn
over 3 years ago

Do you like this one? (also Snatam Kaur)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYivP3gedCo

DH and I have sometimes gone to Kundalini yoga classes, and this is one of my favourite songs that the teacher would sometime play.

:) Elfu
over 3 years ago

MaryAnn: I probably like every song by Snatam Kaur even if I haven’t heard them all yet. :) Thanks for the link, it’s a beautiful song!

over 3 years ago

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sarahperiwinkle has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.half.16 8 · 2,908 pts

I realized that someone had asked me to describe “Breath Walk” that I do as part of my meditation rule and I never responded. I found this video which I think is a good, not too woo-woo description of Breath Walk. I like to do what he talks about at the end: four segmented breaths in (stairs), and a long breath out with punctuated beats (wave). You can also see in the beginning where he touches his fingers to his thumbs while doing the segmented breathing, I try to do that while walking and breathing, and also in my mind say the mantra “sa-ta-na-ma” but it’s tough to do all those things at once if I haven’t practiced in a while, so often I’ll just stick to the walking and segmented breathing. Much like mindfulness or zen meditation, it takes some practice before you can do it with ease. But it’s really good for forcing yourself to center yourself around your breath.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGkHVEnpVoY

:) wetenschapper
almost 4 years ago

Very cool, thanks for sharing this!

:) wallawallasweet
almost 4 years ago

Thanks for the link and tip!

almost 4 years ago

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CynthiaR has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 1,991 pts

From Finer Minds: *How to Stay Positive In Challenging Times (plus a meditation)…nice reminders!

http://www.finerminds.com/happiness/how-to-stay-positive-in-challenging-times-5-steps-and-a-meditation/

:) Kim Lindsey
almost 4 years ago

Befriend my mind… what a thought! I’ll start today.

:) SylvieF
almost 4 years ago

Great link! My first thought, though, was “Can I have the dog?”

:) MaryAnn
almost 4 years ago

Ha! I just took a quick peek yesterday, and my first thought was: the way to stay positive is to get a big, fluffy, yellow dog!

almost 4 years ago

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flex has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.half.16 1 · 7,771 pts

I like this description I found on the benefits of meditation – how it trains your mind to drop unhelpful thoughts and emotions when they come up.

http://www.reddit.com/r/Meditation/comments/199qsd/what_exactly_will_meditation_do_for_you/c8nqhw1

:) ldthomps
about 5 years ago

Yeah, that’s nice – and kind of exactly what I needed, having been a little unmoored with my meditation rule, thank you!

about 5 years ago

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Cat has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.full.16 12 · 3,095 pts

Sea Challenge members practice the habit of meditation in March.
If you are curious about meditation, here is an excerpt from what Leo Babauta wrote:

“Why practice mindfulness through meditation? Actually, there are lots of great reasons. Here are a few:
- It relieves stress and helps you to relax.

- When you practice mindfulness, you can carry it out to everyday life.

- Mindfulness helps you to savor life, change habits, live simply and slowly, be present in everything you do.

- Meditation has been shown to have mental benefits, such as improved focus, happiness, memory, self-control, academic performance and more.

- Some research on meditation has indicated that it may have other health benefits, including improved metabolism, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and more.

Those are just the highlights. Actually, some of the best benefits of meditation are hard to define — you begin to understand yourself better, for example, and form a self-awareness level you’ve never had before.

Most simply, sitting for just a few minutes of meditation is an oasis of calm and relaxation that we rarely find in our lives these days. And that, in itself, is enough."

Some research:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Research_on_meditation

And there is a link to Susan Piver free meditation talks on our Happy Habiteers team page. Susan is a kind and wise teacher, good for newbies and advanced practitioners alike.

:) Lyman Reed
about 5 years ago

Very cool, Cat. I’m not part of Leo’s program, but I am participating in the SBA’s March 2013 Practice Challenge. Love it when serendipity strikes – should be a lot of meditation talk this month!

:) SusanT
about 5 years ago

I wore my heart rate monitor the other day when I meditated as I was curious to see what effect meditation would have on my heart rate and there was a definite lowering of the rate. Spoke volumes to me about the physical need for inner calm.

about 5 years ago

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CynthiaR has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 4,031 pts

Oh happy day! I was rehashing/updating an old mind-body article for the magazine to fill in for someone who didn’t send something he said he would…when I happened to stumble on the NEW Deepak Chopra 21-day Meditation Challenge, which begins on November 5th.

It’s called Creating Abundance this time around and begins on November 5th. “More Peace. More Abundance.” I like that theme. It’s FREE and, for 21 days, you listen to or download a brief (12-15 minutes each) guided talk/meditation and listen to it. Poof! You’re meditating.

This will be my fourth Challenge, I think, and I was just wondering when the next would be. I really enjoy these and generally purchase the recordings afterwards and listen to them again and again. How nice it’s in time for November rules planning AND, for me, a good accompanying strategy to the November NaNoWriMo.

If curious or interested, you can sign up or get more info here:
https://www.chopracentermeditation.com/Bestsellers/LandingPage.aspx?BookId=172

:) MaryAnn
over 5 years ago

I’ve been thinking about that one.
Maybe I’ll do it.
Thanks for reminding me.

:) Quinnie
over 5 years ago

I signed up a few days ago. How fun to being doing this one together. The Sisterhood of Plank Warriors now meditates together. So wonderful!

:) Bridget
over 5 years ago

I was on the fence but will go sign up now. My commitment is only to meditate once a week.

:) Bridget
over 5 years ago

Sisterhood of Plank Warriors!
Can we get tee-shirts?
Oh, wait. Cynthia has a tee-shirt that shows off her hotness.
How about water bottles? I need to up my water intake.

Oh, double wait. Does that mean I have to do planks??????
Hmmm.

:) CynthiaR
over 5 years ago

Bridget, you could Meditate on Tuesdays and Plank on Thursdays—and be a ‘Provisional Sister Of The Combined Modalities, Kaizen Rank’. No need to rush straight to Ninja class, after all.

I could use another tee shirt. All but that one are kinda baggy (and scruffy). And that one just isn’t for public consumption yet, not at my age! It’s a 2013 goal. ;-)

:) Quinnie
over 5 years ago

Hahahahahaha!

:) MaryAnn
over 5 years ago

You guys are funny.

:) MaryAnn
over 5 years ago

Cynthia, you remind me of something long ago….
What was it?
Something like the “Pool of the DumdumDUMdum”.
We were going to take a trip to that Pool – remember?

I could probably find it in the way-back stuff, but only if I were seriously into procrastinating on something hugely important and urgent.

:) Bridget
over 5 years ago

Phooey. I lost my post.
Tuesday – meditate
Wednesday – leave school early enough to visit w/ g-son before he heads over to his mom’s house till Saturday.
Thursday – planks
Friday – recycle/donate all the water bottles & tee-shirts that are cluttering up my home.

Yea, I could do that.

:) CynthiaR
over 5 years ago

Mary Ann, yes, I remember The Pool. About six months ago? Nine? Time blurs. I keep meaning to go back and figure out how to download all my status reports as text someday…when I need another Procrastination Enhancement Project (PEP) myself. At the moment, I seem to find unlimited PEPs to occupy me. But when I do…I’ll pay attention.

WTG, Bridget!!

:) MaryAnn
over 5 years ago

Yay!
Don’t you have to keep some T-shirts for doing planks?

:) MaryAnn
over 5 years ago

Cynthia, The Pool was a year ago, or more.
When I really need a PEP, I may go and find it.
Right now, I’m afraid to think about it for one more second… just in case it starts to feel like I MUST know exactly what it was, and when….

:) MaryAnn
over 5 years ago

August 17, 2011:
http://healthmonth.com/n/195102

:) SusanT
over 5 years ago

Did planks today and think I’ll do this meditation, so I’m joining the Meditating Sisterhood of Plank Warriors.

:) CynthiaR
over 5 years ago

Yay, Susan! Just back from the plankin’ gym and happy to learn of another committed Sister. :-D

:) CynthiaR
over 5 years ago

Mary Ann, you just HAD to, didn’t you? I knew you would but I figured it would be at least three r four minutes “later”.

I wore one of Derek’s slinky Nike workout shirts to the gym today…it used to not fit around the hips…now it is loose(ish). Yup, need new t-shirts, planking t-shirts would be good!

:) MaryAnn
over 5 years ago

Yep, I just HAD TO !!
Isn’t it funny – the fun we had back then? :-D

:) MaryAnn
over 5 years ago

Then again, we’re having fun now, too.
Girls just wanna have fu-un.

:) CynthiaR
over 5 years ago

I was going to say…YES FUN! But you know what? BACK THEN, we were less healthy in many was (I know I was!) and there were some mighty ugly frogs hanging around (I know mine was!) that have since been vanquished and laid forever to rest. AND we know how to vanquish them now, too. Amazing.

’We’ve come a long way, Baby!’ and all that jazz. Your dredging efforts—however you found that so fast, well done!—reinforce that it works, and works well. V v v cool!

:) MaryAnn
over 5 years ago

Yes, you’re right!

:) CynthiaR
almost 4 years ago

Ack!! Caught again!!

MaryAnn, you still do in’ that Sisterhood Plank Thing? I’ve fallen off the plankety-plank Plank. I think Nina reminded me of something. Ruh-roh.

Thanks, Nina,
Your Sister of the Plank, Ret. (But thinking)

:) Bridget
almost 4 years ago

good times, indeed.
Maybe we need to have a reunion of the Sisterhood.

:) MaryAnn
almost 4 years ago

I’m smiling BIGtwo stops on the time-travel machine! And both of them funny!

Nina, you started this – how on earth, on July 26, 2014, did you find this old thread to revisit?

And yes, a reunion of the Sisterhood would be great, and timely! I’ve been thinking of getting on the plank-wagon again.
Maybe not, like, right away…… but soon. Soonish. :-D

:) MaryAnn
almost 4 years ago

Nina, I found the answer – you looked through the “tips for the Meditate rule”. Ha. How fun!

Such fond memories . . . .
“The Shul of the Pool of 100 Sleepy Breaths”
…..siiighhhhh…..

:) CynthiaR
almost 4 years ago

Ah, those were the days! I was in the gym 2 or 3x a week getting beat upmthen. Planks were easy. Ah, memories, ah backsliding.

THE GAUNTLET IS THROWN: I did two planks today. Not like I used to, but still. Baby steps. The dogs came over and sniffed my yoga mat, probably wondering where it’s been all this time. Sad.

Tomorrow: three planks. The Sisterhood!

:) MaryAnn
almost 4 years ago

Yeah, you were doing serious gym workouts back then!
Whatever happened to that?
And those two guys, the trainers…. Harul and something-that-rhymes-with-Harul.

When you told your age, one of them said, “You don’ look so ole”.

:) MaryAnn
almost 4 years ago

Cynthia, how about throwing down your gauntlet at the beginning of August, on the August game wall?
That gives me some time to work up to the idea. :)

:) MaryAnn
almost 4 years ago

Cynthia, how about throwing down your gauntlet at the beginning of August, on the August game wall?
That gives me some time to work up to the idea. :)

over 5 years ago

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Cat has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.half.16 3 · 3,577 pts

This was posted by a member on the Sea Change forum and I like this description of mindfulness:

Eckharte Tolle says, " Be a non-judgemental observer":
“Be present as the watcher of your mind — of your thoughts and emotions as well as your reactions in various situations.  Be at least as interested in your reactions as in the situation or person that causes you to react.  Notice also how often your attention is in the past or future.  Don’t judge or analyze what you observe.  Watch the thought, feel the emotion, observe the reaction.  Don’t make a personal problem out of them.  You will then feel something more powerful than any of those things that you observe: the still, observing presence itself behind the content of your mind, the silent watcher.”

Mindfulness is the agent for change.

:) MaryAnn
over 5 years ago

Nice quote – thanks for posting.

:) SarahM
over 5 years ago

Very good quote and advice. This is one of the hardest things for myself. Being a non-judgemental observer, especially when it comes to my own behaviour and actions. So definetly a lot of food for thought! Thank you Cat.

over 5 years ago

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Cat has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.half.16 2 · 3,781 pts

Meditating daily has proven hugely beneficial not only to me, but also to my husband and to our relationship. It is now easier (I did not say easy…) to let go.

We started with 5 minutes every morning, and after a few months, we are now meditating 15 minutes a day. Sometimes we also meditate for a few minutes later in the day if we feel swamped or tired as it clears our minds and reduces stress.

Following Kelly McGonigal’s advice in “The Willpower Instinct”, we combine meditation and the slowing down of our breathing. There is a great app on the iPad called Breathing: you define how long you want to meditate, your starting breathing rate and target breathing rate (from 7 breaths a minute to 4 breaths a minute, for instance). And a little chime prompts you to breath in, then breath out, progressively slowing down your breathing rate.

Breathing more slowly has been proven by scientists to increase heart rate variability (yes, variability), reduce stress and improve willpower. Combined with meditation you hug two kittens at once :)

:) MaryAnn
over 5 years ago

Thanks for reminding me about KM. I love her advice.

:) Bridget
over 5 years ago

me too

over 5 years ago

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JLoren has a question about the Meditate rule.

Heart.half.16 5 · 4,774 pts

I am trying to envision the sacred in others and my surroundings. I was wondering if anyone had any tips for something like a key sentence or phrase, or something that I could mentally do to remind myself of this throughout the day.

:) agustafson
about 6 years ago

There’s always Namaste… something like the light in me sees the light in you…

:) katja427
about 6 years ago

I wanted to respond to this earlier, but didn’t feel as if I had anything sensible to contribute. Now, suddenly, it strikes me that maybe one needs to learn to see the sacred within oneself before being able to perceive it in others. Deep, huh? ;)

:) agustafson
about 6 years ago

Makes sense!

:) JLoren
about 6 years ago

Namaste to me. OK, I am going to try and think of that for a while. If I honor the sacred in me, I probably have to clean my room. Hmmm, thinking of it sure can direct action.
Random thought Sacred can be made out of scared.

:) katja427
about 6 years ago

I did a decluttering class a while ago (though you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at my house!) in which the point was made that decluttering is self-care. Once I learn to be better at self-care, I think the clutter will follow. That’s my story, anyway.

about 6 years ago

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florianschafer has a question about the Meditate rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 20,071 pts

any tips on meditation??

:) jenn_k
over 6 years ago

Just keep at it. Focus on your breathing when it does and you’ll get better over time.

:) Paula Gregovich
over 6 years ago

Do it with the mini goal of enjoyment. If you enjoy it you will be more successful at it :-)

:) florianschafer
over 6 years ago

Thanks Jennifer, thanks Paula!!

over 6 years ago

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DebMDuke has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.half.16 6 · 1,752 pts

Meditation feels like such an indulgence – time passing in which nothing gets accomplished. I find that if I focus on how much clearer and better organized my thoughts are AFTER I meditate then I see that as my result. Somehow, it changes how I view the time spent meditating.

over 6 years ago

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Cascadia has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 0 pts

Tonight – Friday Sept 29th 8–9:30 p.m. (ET) is a free online forum on creating a mindful world ie Mindfulness http://live.soundstrue.com/event/

over 6 years ago

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drlith has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.full.16 11 · 6,912 pts

So, at the suggestion of my fellow HealthMonthers, I decided to add a little meditation/journaling practice as my “one new thing” for the month. Yesterday I followed a guided meditation on YouTube for getting rid of negativity, that involved imagining breathing in light and focusing it down into your heart chakra, where it then radiates out to destroy negativity. Except, being the internet addict that I am, I immediately conjured up the image of laser-eyed kittens in my heart chakra “pew-pewing” away at my negative thoughts.

Later than evening, when I was in a situation that usually sets my mind into a cycle of negative rumination, I pulled up that same image. I think the humorousness of pew-pewing laser kittens was far more effective than a hippy-dippy woo-woo radiating glow of cosmic energy.

:) AniKarenina
almost 7 years ago

Laser kittens! Yes! That’s the most awesome meditation image I’ve ever heard of! :-D

:) sperose
almost 7 years ago

Oh, I definitely think I’m going to have to try that. :D

:) shinyblueobject
almost 7 years ago

LASER KITTENS KICK NEGATIVITY’S ASS.

almost 7 years ago

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drlith has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.full.16 11 · 6,912 pts

So, at the suggestion of my fellow HealthMonthers, I decided to add a little meditation/journaling practice as my “one new thing” for the month. Yesterday I followed a guided meditation on YouTube for getting rid of negativity, that involved imagining breathing in light and focusing it down into your heart chakra, where it then radiates out to destroy negativity. Except, being the internet addict that I am, I immediately conjured up the image of laser-eyed kittens in my heart chakra “pew-pewing” away at my negative thoughts.

Later than evening, when I was in a situation that usually sets my mind into a cycle of negative rumination, I pulled up that same image. I think the humorousness of pew-pewing laser kittens was far more effective than a hippy-dippy woo-woo radiating glow of cosmic energy.

almost 7 years ago

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orchidarea has a question about the Meditate rule.

Heart.half.16 3 · 2,987 pts

Nervous that one of my rules isn’t even on my radar.. can’t remember to practice deep breathing. I breathe very shallowly and I never think about it until someone (yet again) recommends practicing deep breathing. Anyone here have experience incorporating better breathing into their lifestyle?

:) ghenne04
almost 7 years ago

I do this all the time at work – When you are sitting around at work or at home or wherever, even if you aren’t meditating, try sitting on a chair/bench/floor with no back, and clasping your hands behind your back. Then stretch your hands as far away from your back as possible, so your shoulders roll back and down and your lungs open up. It’s an awesome stretch, and helps you to remember to breath deeply even in normal activities. It helps me counter the hunched-over-the-keyboard posture I develop at work! I put a post-it on my monitor so I remember to do this every once in a while.

:) Acheman
almost 7 years ago

If you have an iOS device or a Mac, there is an App called ‘Breathing Zone’ which trains you, very gently, to breathe more slowly and in the correct rhythm. I get serious problems sometimes with meditating on my breathing – I feel panicky and like I’m going to forget how to breathe properly. I’ve found it very helpful in giving me a feel for what good breathing sounds like. Also, it’s really beautifully designed.

almost 7 years ago

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agrinshtein has a question about the Meditate rule.

Heart.half.16 4 · 2,864 pts

I noticed a bunch of people on the team have time for meditation. It would be interesting to hear what people meditate about. So, in question format, what do you meditate about?

:) MaryAnn
almost 7 years ago

The misery in the world.

No. Just kidding.

Mostly a buddhist kind of, present-moment thing.
Sometimes gratitude.

(although I don’t have that in my list of rules)

:) azurock
almost 7 years ago

meditate – focus on my breath – in a spirit of ease, letting go, relaxing into, just being here

:) jspad
almost 7 years ago

Generally not about anything, but a present moment focus on my breathing thing. I do the label a thought and let it drift away bit, and I have had moments of insight that way (recognizing I spend mental energy reacting to crises that aren’t actually happening, for example). If it feels really loud in my head and I am having trouble focusing, I might repeat a phrase slowly in time with my breathing.

I’ve had a meditation rule for a few months now. I sit for 20 minutes a day every day.

almost 7 years ago

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ziarah has a question about the Meditate rule.

Heart.half.16 2 · 8,880 pts

I am having some difficulties finding the motivation to meditate, and I figure it’s because I’ve been using the same CDs and the same YouTube-videos for quite a while now. Does anyone here have any good videos or spotifytracks to recommend for meditation?

Here’s a video I find quite good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JerhK0_XLZk

:) ziarah
about 7 years ago

(Very thankful for all comments that can help me get into the habit of meditating again! – Especially videos and Spotify links)

about 7 years ago

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keo8128 has a question about the Meditate rule.

Heart.half.16 6 · 3,564 pts

I find it very difficult to find time to meditate – when does everyone else do this?

:) sidewalkdiva
over 5 years ago

before I brush my teeth.

:) sidewalkdiva
over 5 years ago

before I brush my teeth.

about 7 years ago

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corazon has a question about the Meditate rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 1,573 pts

do this and i’ll find what ??

over 7 years ago

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ocherdraco has a question about the Meditate rule.

Heart.full.16 11 · 1,607 pts

To quote the Dude, “this will not stand.”

Guys, I’ve given myself a teeny, tiny goal here: meditate for 15 minutes, at least once a week. 15 minutes out of 10,080, approximately one tenth of one percent of my week, reserved for being still, quieting myself, and focusing my attention. But I didn’t meet it last week. I kept finding myself thinking, “Oh, I’ll do it when I finish this article,” or needing to wash the dishes or (perhaps most honestly) just being lazy.

How can I get myself to look forward to this time, and not regard it as just another chore to check off my list? If I look forward to it, I’ll do it.

:) lriG_rorriM
over 7 years ago

I don’t know how important the “being still” part of meditation practice is to you, but I find that if I clear my mind and focus on my breathing while doing something else, it’s a lot easier for me to meditate. Doing dishes is actually one of my favorite times to do it. Maybe try spreading that 15 minutes out, in three five minute increments throughout the week. It also helps if I get this in during the morning, because otherwise my mind is just hellaciously cluttered up and it’s a lot harder to be quiet and attentive.

:) ocherdraco
over 7 years ago

Hmm… I hadn’t thought about doing it while doing something else. I’ll try that.

:) smpa
over 7 years ago

Start VERY small. Seriously. Can you set it for a minute? You always want to start below what you think is easy for you, and ramp it up from there.

:) ocherdraco
over 7 years ago

Good plan. I will try that.

:) thecrutch
over 7 years ago

Or you can allow yourself one indulgence, but only AFTER you do your meditation.

:) JaneJaneJane
over 7 years ago

When you meditate you can allow yourself to go limp and let the tension drain out of yourself. A lot of people start with progressive muscle relaxation and it feels good. Have you tried meditating in the bath? Loll back in a nice hot bath, close your eyes and listen to the water thrumming in the pipes…

:) IndigoRain
over 7 years ago

I find Enya to be helpful, or the song Agenais by Donna Lewis. Usually I try to picture a happy place, like a quiet beach or a meadow. It relaxes me.

:) davar
over 7 years ago

Did you see this thread?
http://ask.metafilter.com/177877/Why-cant-I-meditate

For me, once a week could be not enough, it’s like my brain equals that with “not important”. I don’t think I would feel like that would really make a difference. So, I agree with the advice to spread it out through the week.

:) pazazygeek
over 7 years ago

The bath is amazing. The shower is also a fantastic place to meditate — baths can be time consuming, but you have to shower, right? Try to stay away from the “L” word – struggling to work something new and different into your life isn’t laziness. For some reason it’s hard for you to get used to is all. Don’t minimize why it’s not easy for you to work it into your life, consider why it might be, and paradoxically, it will probably become easier for you!

:) ocherdraco
over 7 years ago

Thanks for all of these suggestions! I managed to do five minutes last night. I’m going to try to build it up over the next few days.

It was definitely easier to do when I let myself do it while moving.

:) catlet
over 7 years ago

I meditate while I’m prepping vegetables. It makes both activities go faster!

over 7 years ago

:)

corazon has a question about the Meditate rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 1,573 pts

do meditate everuday in 30th minutes will help your calm mind

over 7 years ago

:)

adeku has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.full.16 101 · 9,442 pts

Bintang berkerlip
Dari penampilan fisik, wanita ini punya sex appeal yang tinggi. Pria membayangkan ia punya gairah seks yang besar, padahal biasa-biasa saja. Ia bukan penikmat seks, tapi lebih memikirkan urusan rumah tangga dan masa depan anaknya. Ia tipe istri yang baik, setia dan tabah dalam menghadapi persoalan.
Ciri fisik :Bertubuh tinggi semampai, berpinggang kecil dengan pinggul besar. Rambutnya lurus sedang, mata sayup-sayup tertutup, hidung besar.

:) anggijumper
over 7 years ago

pasti hobinya tidur nih cewek

:) dolyiqbal
over 7 years ago

ngemil sambil tidur om

:) niatjandra
over 7 years ago

Randublatung

:) ferico666
over 7 years ago

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:) ferico666
over 7 years ago

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:) ferico666
over 7 years ago

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:) adeku
over 7 years ago

sangat dilematis sekali tentang problematika ini

:) t7andra
over 7 years ago

Maaf aku terpaksa begini ….

over 7 years ago

:)

WidyLiandy has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.full.16 12 · 2,051 pts

Kosong adalah isi……
Isi adalah kosong……

:) dolyiqbal
over 7 years ago

tongkosong nyaring bunyinya

:) anggijumper
over 7 years ago

biksu tong style

:) ferico666
over 7 years ago

gak ikutan komen ah, lagi males

:) adeku
over 7 years ago

artikel yg cemerlang dan memukau,…terima kasih atas pencerahannya :)

:) niatjandra
over 7 years ago

Babat

:) ferico666
over 7 years ago

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:) ferico666
over 7 years ago

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:) ferico666
over 7 years ago

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:) adeku
over 7 years ago

Mendapatkan sebungkus ragi super atau ragi penyuling.
Hanya jenis ragi akan dapat secara efektif dan rapi meja dan gula fermentasi menghasilkan alkohol hingga 20 persen. Jenis ragi juga mengandung nutrisi (seperti vitamin dan mineral) bahwa akan mendukung pertumbuhan ragi dan memungkinkan fermentasi efektif. Sukrosa dan beberapa jenis lain gula tidak mengandung nutrisi tersebut.

:) t7andra
over 7 years ago

Maaf aku terpaksa begini ….

over 7 years ago

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anggijumper has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.full.16 60 · 2,367 pts

Why do busy people especially time pressed managers need some simple meditation techniques?

Meditation, quite rightly, carries with it an picture of relaxation, tranquility, and the majority of people may interpret this as meaning meditation can only be for people with time and energy to laze around half the day. However, it is possible to learn some simple meditation techniques which will help to relax the busiest executive.

Because of this, those individuals, for example corporate executives, who live a pressured life with little if any moments to spare, may assume that meditation can’t ever have a place within their lives. That’s a shame, as meditation techniques can be very flexible and really simple to slip into a stressful day.

The advantages of meditation techniques could be so great to somebody pressurized, that even a couple of minutes occasionally may bring a visible benefit. For any busy executive to have reached their position in life, they are usually determined and intelligent individuals. This may often imply that, should they perceive an improvement within an activity, chances are they will continue or extend that activity.

Therefore, it is entirely possible that an executive testing out even a short period of meditation may soon adopt some meditation techniques or other regularly.

Which kind of meditation techniques may easily fit into having an executive lifestyle? Important highlights of meditation are having the ability to breathe well and consciously, relax and clear the
mind, after which focus the mind. An executive with perpetual meetings along with a full diary, with pressures to execute and maximise profits, may think such things cannot actually be fitted into their busy lives.

It’s correct to state that the strongest and most beneficial meditation sessions are prolonged. However, that doesn’t mean short periods of meditation are a total waste of time; far from it. An
executive is most likely prepared to packing just as much within their day as is possible and, although it might be hard to clear a hyperactive mind, they might well learn how to pack in short
meditation sessions also. In so doing, they could well discover that those sessions in simple meditation techniques provide them with a lift which is much better and much more beneficial than caffeine.

:) anggijumper
over 7 years ago

balapan membaca…

:) dwinanto
over 7 years ago

woiii itu tulisan pelan dikit napah… ngebut amat kyk mau balapan, pusing bacanya :(

:) koko_prasetyo
over 7 years ago

hmmmmmm…. :berpikir: :D

:) anggijumper
over 7 years ago

jangan dipikir bro, tp dibaca….

bwahahaha

:) koko_prasetyo
over 7 years ago

Nah. Sekarang saya sudah selesai membacanya.
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Emmmmm. Artinya apa ya bro?
Huehehe.

:) anggijumper
over 7 years ago

saya aja belum baca kok…
huehehehe

:) ferico666
over 7 years ago

sip sip !

:) t7andra
over 7 years ago

Saya sdh membaca dan tdk ngerti sama sekali

:) niatjandra
over 7 years ago

Saya gak membaca sama sekali

:) t7andra
over 7 years ago

Maaf aku terpaksa begini ….

over 7 years ago

:)

adeku has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.full.16 101 · 9,442 pts

Try Aromatherapy and Meditation

I recently started to get into aromatherapy and meditation. I have sometimes taken for granted certain smells and their affect on the human mind. Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses essential oils from plants for the purpose of affecting a person in terms of their mood and health. My favorite scent by far is vanilla. I always buy vanilla scented oils and candles for my home. I am not going to lie, but I feel so relaxed that I doubt anything can bother me when I am at home burning these scents.

Meditation is relatively new to me and I have spent the past few months really getting into it. For example, just the other day I felt really stressed after work and decided to meditate in my bedroom. When I was finished, I felt much better and less tense than before. Do your own research into the different methods of meditation and give it a try.

:) anggijumper
over 7 years ago

ketemu lagi ama meditasi…

:) adeku
over 7 years ago

Rujak Soto

A delicacy from Banyuwangi, East Java , a unique blend between beef soto and rujak cingur . Sebuah kelezatan dari Banyuwangi, Jawa Timur , yang unik perpaduan antara soto daging sapi dan rujak cingur . A local specialty in which the rujak is poured with soto. Sebuah khas daerah di mana rujak ini dituangkan dengan soto. The rujak cingur itself doesn’t contain petis as one of its ingredient. The rujak cingur itu sendiri tidak mengandung petis sebagai salah satu bahan nya. Created at 1975 by Usni Solihin. Dibuat pada tahun 1975 oleh Solihin Usni

:) adeku
over 7 years ago

saya suka ini

:) anggijumper
over 7 years ago

i love it

:) t7andra
over 7 years ago

Semedi ah

:) anggijumper
over 7 years ago

wirosableng

:) t7andra
over 7 years ago

Maaf aku terpaksa begini ….

over 7 years ago

:)

anggijumper has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.full.16 60 · 2,367 pts

Most of all it’s important to enjoy meditation. You might like to try sitting with a hint of a smile. Be kind to yourself. Start sitting just a little each day. It’s helpful to establish a daily habit.

#lg belajar meditasi
#jgn diganggu

:) t7andra
over 7 years ago

Gua gak ngganggu lho

:) ferico666
over 7 years ago

gak ganggu juga kok! cuman kelitikin pake sumpit aja om…

:) t7andra
over 7 years ago

Ssssttttt ….

:) adeku
over 7 years ago

saya mau flirting ,…boleh???

:) anggijumper
over 7 years ago

*cipok atu2…

:) t7andra
over 7 years ago

Cipok batu ?

:) adeku
over 7 years ago

wow,..atraksi master abu

:) anggijumper
over 7 years ago

pejing om abu

over 7 years ago

:)

ferico666 has a tip for the Meditate rule.

Heart.full.16 12 · 1,966 pts

Apa itu Santet?

Santet atau Guna-guna (Jawa: tenung, teluh) adalah upaya seseorang untuk mencelakai orang lain dari jarak jauh dengan menggunakan ilmu hitam. Santet dilakukan menggunakan berbagai macam media antara lain rambut, foto, boneka, dupa, rupa-rupa kembang, dan lain-lain. Seseorang yang terkena santet akan berakibat cacat atau meninggal dunia. Santet sering di lakukan orang yang mempunyai dendam kepada orang lain.

:) adeku
over 7 years ago

wow,…seru banget ceritanya :)

:) ayah
over 7 years ago

santet itu lagu kan?

:) ferico666
over 7 years ago

lagunya ian kasela… “santet lah padamuuuuu!”

:) ferico666
over 7 years ago

mantab banget nih… emang harus kurangin konsumsi daging merah, biar sehat gan! serat di banyakin biar gak sembelit… :D

:) t7andra
over 7 years ago

Santet adalah Santai bersama Butet

:) adeku
over 7 years ago

sangaaaaddhhh kereeeen bangeedddd,..

over 7 years ago

:)

Gianna has a question about the Meditate rule.

Heart.full.16 12 · 1,767 pts

I stick to my meditation rule as often as possible, however I alway struggle to do the whole 15 minutes (I know its not much…) so are there any tips you can give me on meditating? a CD you can suggest or something?

:) XOE
over 7 years ago

I too struggle wtih my meditation rule. I don’t have a CD or anything, but I have found that this sit-along helps me. http://www.shambhalasun.com/sunspace/?author=101

:) Gianna
over 7 years ago

thanks! I will browse through the different videos!

:) Julila
over 7 years ago

These are good too:
http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22

:) sidewalkdiva
over 5 years ago

remember why you sit? — when I find myself eager to get up before my agreed up on stop-time, rather than finding new ways to distract the mind, I remind myself why I’m sitting. I return to my breath over & over & over again… maybe just try being w/ the struggle? the struggle might fade if you stop fighting it…

:) sidewalkdiva
over 5 years ago

remember why you sit? — when I find myself eager to get up before my agreed up on stop-time, rather than finding new ways to distract the mind, I remind myself why I’m sitting. I return to my breath over & over & over again… maybe just try being w/ the struggle? the struggle might fade if you stop fighting it…

over 7 years ago