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    Default Favourite Meditation/Relaxation Technique?

    Hey Ive been meditating for some time now and I was wondering do people have favourite techniques or exercises they use?

    I'm pretty fond of the classic 'focus on your breathing techique'. Im trying also to achieve the lotus sitting position but I'm not flexible enough yet lol so i ususally just sit up straight on a chair. Sometimes I close my eyes and sometimes I keep them open, depends on my mood really.

    Ive heard of a pretty cool analogy for meditation: The mind is like a bucket of dirty water and the longer you leave it still (meditate) the clearer the mind will become.
    "All the moments that we remember for the rest of our lives, the moments of sudden intense happiness, are moments of self-remembering" - Colin Wilson

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    I have a couple of techniques that I use through out the week ( ritual work ) but when it comes down to it it's the focus on the breath and just let go

    don't get me wrong the others arr good real good for that matter but sometimes simplicity is the best !

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    life story time:

    When I was about 12-13 I experimented with Buddhism. I practiced several meditation techniques, none of which worked because I was a hyperactive impatient 13 year old. I thought that 20 minutes of sitting quietly meant enlightenment. This is not true.

    I stumbled (remembered) a technique that was in a book called "Simple Buddhism" by a collection of people. It was a simple enough meditation.

    Let your mind flow like a river. Each thought is a branch, or some muck in the river. Recognize this muck and let it flow past. I have meditated on this for years, and finaly I have achived a trance like state that I can slip into and out of without really trying. I just focus on nothing and let everything flow by. Every thought is recognized simply as a thought and it is extinguished by that fact. Thoughts flow into levies and different tributarys. A solid river of thought tuns to a delta and an ocean of calm blank seas awaits the end. Things fall into the river from time to time and that polutes the ocean, but seeing as the ocean is vast, the muck is soon lost to the deapths.

    Rambleing, but still its a mighty fine thing to do. I just have to put it to use some how. Focus on how to use it for something other than falling asleep without distractions, or calming the hell down after something stressful. My plan to further the technique is that of emotional clarity. Where I feel emotions in surges and swells in the ocean, but eventualy become whole, as the ocean is vast one wave ceses to hold much sway over the whole. Emotions should become one and the same, thus achiveing enlightenment. 5 years to take me to a point in which I'm able to empty my mind to a point, and even more to do so further.


    Then I will eventualy fill it with everything. Still learning how to do that...
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    I started practicing meditation around 12-14 and it was rather simple for me, and man did it come in handy and I just use one technique,

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    Talking my own way

    I used to fill my lungs to capacity with air, count to 7 and completely empty my lungs and count to 7. I envisioned breathing in plus signs and exhailing negative signs. I couldn't stick with that, though I tried it for years. Over the past couple of days I've found that if I focus on listening to the sounds around me, it's much more effective (for me, I mean). I have poured over different websites and tried different techniques, but as usual I had to devise my own method. As a wise person on this site told me, the key to meditation is to not "try". This was the only method for me that feels natural and I don't have to force it. Only when I'm listening am I not actively thinking.

    Incidently if anyone's interested, I found this site on meditation:

    Arcane Mystique: Esoteric & Metaphysical - Personal Development - Getting Started

    There's all kinds of helpful stuff on this site.
    Last edited by pheonixfire; 02-16-2009 at 08:25 PM. Reason: adding info

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    I have to be more aggressive when I meditate . . . well used to have to be. It was a matter of training my mind. So, I'd wrap rubber bands around my wrist and flick them just enough to sting a little whenever my mind would wander. That was more then 8 years ago. Now it's just matter of sitting down and getting to it. It took about a year. Maybe not the best approch for everyone.

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    My technique is I cuff my hands together and sit against a wall, then I pretty much just sit and breathe until my mind and body are relaxed and/or free of thoughts.

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    I like to start with a body mapping meditation (imagining musles relaxing etc.) Next I move into Mindfullness of Breathing meditation mentioned earlier. Finally I'll meditate on feeling really heavy and being pulled down and then the opposite.
    I also do a metta bhavana meditaion about once a week.
    I always start with the body mapping before I do any other meditation.

    I'm more familiar with buddhist meditions. If anybody knows a good site for other meditations please post.

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