Do You Meditate?

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If you meditate, do not meditate, have a thought or feeling or theory on meditation then please comment
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  • Profile picture of the author CyborgX
    Always thought about it but could not perform it though. Very very tough.
    • Profile picture of the author mert
      Originally Posted by CyborgX View Post

      Always thought about it but could not perform it though. Very very tough.
      The trick is this - Meditation is like wishing something you really ought to have. It's not a task you don't like doing. I usually spend 30 minute of not doing anything before I enter the sack. I empty my head and think about nothing. This helps me relax and ready for the next day.
  • Profile picture of the author mrswagset
    Sometimes I get a little discouraged and have to step back relax. It always has to be quiet during that time as well. A lot of the time I just go outside to my favorite tree and just sit in it and listen to nature. I know it sounds a little weird but thats my form of meditation lol
  • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
    I used to have a hard time staying consistent with it. Then I decided to try it for 30 days and keep doing it no matter what happened or didn't happen. It's hard to describe this to someone who hasn't tried this experiment, but it's crazy the things that just start occurring to you, the people who mysteriously show up in your life.

    I often dream about things before they happen, gotten me out of a lot of sticky situations, especially in business and personal relationships. Frankly, I'm afraid to stop doing it after I've seen what it does, even though I don't understand why it works the way it does. Sometimes you have to just do it. Hell, none of us even know how gravity works but that doesn't stop us from using it to stay grounded lol.

    The hardest part is turning off the "chattering monkey" of your conscious mind. One of my copywriting clients was a meditation expert who studied under Buddhist Monks and the Huna of Hawaii. He told me something that worked really well. You lie still and anytime a thought comes into your mind, you just acknowledge it by saying something like:

    "Now I'm thinking about my product launch..."
    "Now I'm thinking about taking out the trash..."
    "Now I'm thinking about that cute girl I saw at Starbucks..."

    Every time you do this, the thought dismisses itself. Sometimes it comes back and during the first week it's nuts because you have about 50 of these statements every minute. But after about 10 days, you have about one thought a minute and by the end of 30 days you have maybe one every 15 minutes.

    Eventually, your mind becomes still and after a while you can start guided visualization and body awareness. About two weeks in, things start happening that you can't explain but, odd opportunities that look like coincidences. I suspect most people quit early because this doesn't happen right away or because it's easy to dismiss these as mere coincidence.

    But I've had a few lulls in my meditation since I started, and every time I stop, the odd coincidences stop too. Meditation is like taking a shower, you have to do it everyday to get results every day.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that thought and meditation alone will attract results. I take a lot of action. But meditation makes your actions easier, increases your focus time, makes you less prone to procrastination, more creative, better at reading others, more energetic, more positive.

    Just try it, 15 minutes a day for the next 30 days. Make it just as important as taking a shower. See what happens, I think you'll be surprised.
    • Profile picture of the author Kathy Bell
      Originally Posted by sethczerepak View Post

      I used to have a hard time staying consistent with it. Then I decided to try it for 30 days and keep doing it no matter what happened or didn't happen. It's hard to describe this to someone who hasn't tried this experiment, but it's crazy the things that just start occurring to you, the people who mysteriously show up in your life.

      I often dream about things before they happen, gotten me out of a lot of sticky situations, especially in business and personal relationships. Frankly, I'm afraid to stop doing it after I've seen what it does, even though I don't understand why it works the way it does. Sometimes you have to just do it. Hell, none of us even know how gravity works but that doesn't stop us from using it to stay grounded lol.

      The hardest part is turning off the "chattering monkey" of your conscious mind. One of my copywriting clients was a meditation expert who studied under Buddhist Monks and the Huna of Hawaii. He told me something that worked really well. You lie still and anytime a thought comes into your mind, you just acknowledge it by saying something like:

      "Now I'm thinking about my product launch..."
      "Now I'm thinking about taking out the trash..."
      "Now I'm thinking about that cute girl I saw at Starbucks..."

      Every time you do this, the thought dismisses itself. Sometimes it comes back and during the first week it's nuts because you have about 50 of these statements every minute. But after about 10 days, you have about one thought a minute and by the end of 30 days you have maybe one every 15 minutes.

      Eventually, your mind becomes still and after a while you can start guided visualization and body awareness. About two weeks in, things start happening that you can't explain but, odd opportunities that look like coincidences. I suspect most people quit early because this doesn't happen right away or because it's easy to dismiss these as mere coincidence.

      But I've had a few lulls in my meditation since I started, and every time I stop, the odd coincidences stop too. Meditation is like taking a shower, you have to do it everyday to get results every day.

      Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that thought and meditation alone will attract results. I take a lot of action. But meditation makes your actions easier, increases your focus time, makes you less prone to procrastination, more creative, better at reading others, more energetic, more positive.

      Just try it, 15 minutes a day for the next 30 days. Make it just as important as taking a shower. See what happens, I think you'll be surprised.
      Seth,

      What do you do when you meditate...just lie back and try to quiet your mind? I have trouble turning off the chattering monkey, as you call it. Either that or I fall asleep. But I'd like to try again, especially given the results you describe.
    • Profile picture of the author goindeep
      Originally Posted by sethczerepak View Post

      I used to have a hard time staying consistent with it. Then I decided to try it for 30 days and keep doing it no matter what happened or didn't happen. It's hard to describe this to someone who hasn't tried this experiment, but it's crazy the things that just start occurring to you, the people who mysteriously show up in your life.

      I often dream about things before they happen, gotten me out of a lot of sticky situations, especially in business and personal relationships. Frankly, I'm afraid to stop doing it after I've seen what it does, even though I don't understand why it works the way it does. Sometimes you have to just do it. Hell, none of us even know how gravity works but that doesn't stop us from using it to stay grounded lol.

      The hardest part is turning off the "chattering monkey" of your conscious mind. One of my copywriting clients was a meditation expert who studied under Buddhist Monks and the Huna of Hawaii. He told me something that worked really well. You lie still and anytime a thought comes into your mind, you just acknowledge it by saying something like:

      "Now I'm thinking about my product launch..."
      "Now I'm thinking about taking out the trash..."
      "Now I'm thinking about that cute girl I saw at Starbucks..."

      Every time you do this, the thought dismisses itself. Sometimes it comes back and during the first week it's nuts because you have about 50 of these statements every minute. But after about 10 days, you have about one thought a minute and by the end of 30 days you have maybe one every 15 minutes.

      Eventually, your mind becomes still and after a while you can start guided visualization and body awareness. About two weeks in, things start happening that you can't explain but, odd opportunities that look like coincidences. I suspect most people quit early because this doesn't happen right away or because it's easy to dismiss these as mere coincidence.

      But I've had a few lulls in my meditation since I started, and every time I stop, the odd coincidences stop too. Meditation is like taking a shower, you have to do it everyday to get results every day.

      Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that thought and meditation alone will attract results. I take a lot of action. But meditation makes your actions easier, increases your focus time, makes you less prone to procrastination, more creative, better at reading others, more energetic, more positive.

      Just try it, 15 minutes a day for the next 30 days. Make it just as important as taking a shower. See what happens, I think you'll be surprised.
      That is much appreciated Seth. Sincerely.

      ... and on another note you would be surprised to learn why in the beginning you said "but it's crazy the things that just start occurring to you, the people who mysteriously show up in your life."

      For you personally, if you want to know more and learn... I guess, how should I put it, a different way of meditating, then hit me up on the PM line, and just so you know I did not start this thread to recruit people into my style of meditating or anything, but I genuinely think you may be interested in what I can share with you.

      p.s. I really like that quote "Meditation is like taking a shower, you have to do it everyday to get results every day."

      Thanks
    • Profile picture of the author Jarmila
      Originally Posted by sethczerepak View Post

      I used to have a hard time staying consistent with it. Then I decided to try it for 30 days and keep doing it no matter what happened or didn't happen. It's hard to describe this to someone who hasn't tried this experiment, but it's crazy the things that just start occurring to you, the people who mysteriously show up in your life.

      I often dream about things before they happen, gotten me out of a lot of sticky situations, especially in business and personal relationships. Frankly, I'm afraid to stop doing it after I've seen what it does, even though I don't understand why it works the way it does. Sometimes you have to just do it. Hell, none of us even know how gravity works but that doesn't stop us from using it to stay grounded lol.

      The hardest part is turning off the "chattering monkey" of your conscious mind. One of my copywriting clients was a meditation expert who studied under Buddhist Monks and the Huna of Hawaii. He told me something that worked really well. You lie still and anytime a thought comes into your mind, you just acknowledge it by saying something like:

      "Now I'm thinking about my product launch..."
      "Now I'm thinking about taking out the trash..."
      "Now I'm thinking about that cute girl I saw at Starbucks..."

      Every time you do this, the thought dismisses itself. Sometimes it comes back and during the first week it's nuts because you have about 50 of these statements every minute. But after about 10 days, you have about one thought a minute and by the end of 30 days you have maybe one every 15 minutes.

      Eventually, your mind becomes still and after a while you can start guided visualization and body awareness. About two weeks in, things start happening that you can't explain but, odd opportunities that look like coincidences. I suspect most people quit early because this doesn't happen right away or because it's easy to dismiss these as mere coincidence.

      But I've had a few lulls in my meditation since I started, and every time I stop, the odd coincidences stop too. Meditation is like taking a shower, you have to do it everyday to get results every day.

      Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that thought and meditation alone will attract results. I take a lot of action. But meditation makes your actions easier, increases your focus time, makes you less prone to procrastination, more creative, better at reading others, more energetic, more positive.

      Just try it, 15 minutes a day for the next 30 days. Make it just as important as taking a shower. See what happens, I think you'll be surprised.
      I can't even begin to list how much of a difference meditation has made in my life! It's as much a part of life as eating and sleeping! Great post!
  • Profile picture of the author Angellos
    I meditate often but not on a daily basis, guess I need to make it a priority as Seth said. Mostly it's when i need to just relax and clear my head or when i need to solve a problem.
  • Profile picture of the author mattlaclear
    I try to meditate as often as possible on how awesome and mighty God is. But sometimes I get so wrapped up in the days events I forget to.

    On the flip side if you're not meditating over something positive everyday I guarantee you that you are mediating over something negative.
  • Profile picture of the author kellyyarnsbro
    Yes i do as often as possible. It's relaxing and it feels good. It's my way of freeing my mind.
  • Profile picture of the author mrelk159
    Yes I do Meditation is great for your mind and clears your thoughts, which is great to keep your mind refreshed and ready to think of great ideas.
  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    I meditate daily..

    Got a special room in my house just for meditation (got this from Jason Fladlien)

    Meditation really makes me happier and more focused.

    Cheers,

    Gary Ning Lo
  • Profile picture of the author ToryBorysewicz
    Originally Posted by mattlaclear View Post

    On the flip side if you're not meditating over something positive everyday I guarantee you that you are mediating over something negative.
    Agree with you! Couldn't agree more!!!
  • Profile picture of the author Mousumi
    I said I'm thinking about it..a sort of procrastination
    Well, I have meditated in past but ever since I became mother of two little kids, I just lost all my routine works. Recently, I have started running 2km a day and happy with the progress. Will surely start meditating and doing yoga
    • Profile picture of the author Rosie8
      Originally Posted by Mousumi View Post

      I said I'm thinking about it..a sort of procrastination
      Well, I have meditated in past but ever since I became mother of two little kids, I just lost all my routine works. Recently, I have started running 2km a day and happy with the progress. Will surely start meditating and doing yoga
      You can meditate while you run if you don't use an ipod. Just watch your breathing; or focus on your navel or feet while you run. Meditation is simply holding focus. I've meditated so long now I can even meditate and drive! just focus on belly while driving, removes all stress and hassle. It's a lovely thing, a lovely connection with yourself.
  • Profile picture of the author eternalsongbird
    If worshiping is a meditation then yes, I meditate.
    • Profile picture of the author goindeep
      Originally Posted by eternalsongbird View Post

      If worshiping is a meditation then yes, I meditate.
      I suppose that depends what you mean by "worship".

      Without turning this into a spiritual debate I honestly think that whatever it is that you believe in, be it a God, The Universe, a force of energy that emanates throughout the entire Universe, or something else... that it does not need nor does it want or expect you to worship it.

      I think this is old religious type thinking and casting and I think they did it because they simply did not understand. We have come far since then.

      Let me give you an analogy. Its like to say that in a way you may be seen as the ultimate being of your own body (God).

      Yet your very own body is made up of billions if not trillions of individual living and intelligent cells (life forms) they are blood cells, red cells, white cells, liver cells, arachnid like creatures swarming around on your skin, worm like creatures in your eye, protein cells etc.

      These cells are "a part" of you yet they are not you and you are not them, in a way you can say all is one and one is all and that together you live a symbiotic relationship...

      If you where to inject a syringe into your arm pull the trigger back and suck out some blood, lets say the red blood cell was intelligent enough and it could look through the glass in the syringe and it would be like "what the hell is that giant tentacle being doing staring at me and where all my friends...?

      You inject the blood back into your body and back he is, in his own micro world that makes you up.

      So now that would be like saying you now expect that cell and all the other cells to worship you as their master or their God.

      Seems crazy right. You give them food, water, nutrients and hence their life and they in return give you life by pumping your blood, feeding you experiences through your senses etc.

      You would not want them sitting around worshiping you, almost like a parent child relationship you want the red blood cell to live his life and do his thing and most importantly to contribute to the whole.

      I personally believe that the old religions confused worshiping with reflection and contemplation. If God exists (I believe IT does) it would probably want you to grow and expand and how would you do this? Simply by reflecting on what you are and what it is.

      It would want you to search for it through space and time and it would want you to expand your mind to the farthest reaches so that if you where to find it, that it could share something with you, imagine that?

      Its like a parent, and most spiritual schools and religions already paint God as a kind of parent, does the parent want the child to worship it? Hell no, the parent wants the child to live and grow and be happy, to experience and to do its thing.

      Anyway, I think I kind of Hijacked my own thread but I did think it was worth it as I seriously do not believe God or The Universe needs worshiping nor does it want worship. It needs contemplation and exploration.
  • Profile picture of the author GreenSeoService
    Meditation is a great way of spending time with urself. We can as well connect ourselves to God!!
  • Profile picture of the author UniversalSOF
    Originally Posted by Andrei Rotariu View Post

    If you meditate, do not meditate, have a thought or feeling or theory on meditation then please comment
    I think meditation is vital and should be done daily and even several times a day. I think sometimes people get caught up in the term, "Meditation."

    It doesn't have to be viewed as some sort of ritual involving insence, candles and chanting while in some sort of uncomfortable position....however I dont view that as something negative if that is persons particular method.

    There are many ways people use to connect mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. At times it may involve some physical discomfort. Fasting also comes to mind.

    One of my regularly used forms of meditation falls more inline with taking moments - short and long - to visualize my goals. I meditate (visualize) on them and I do so as vividly as possible. I pay attention to the sights, sounds, smells and physical aspects - engaging all my senses mentally, as much as possible. There is significance in this that has been proven through decades of research and experiments.

    The minds ability to align us and take something we have visualized and make it a reality is phenomenal. I could expand even more but dont want to get too long winded. I will say - there is a book that talks about this and a classic experiment you are probably familiar with that dates back to the 1960's Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. Interesting stuff...

    I said all that to say, I definitely meditate and encourage it for anyone who has goals.

    Great Post!

    Dave
    • Profile picture of the author Kathy Bell
      Originally Posted by UniversalSOF View Post


      One of my regularly used forms of meditation falls more inline with taking moments - short and long - to visualize my goals. I meditate (visualize) on them and I do so as vividly as possible. I pay attention to the sights, sounds, smells and physical aspects - engaging all my senses mentally, as much as possible. There is significance in this that has been proven through decades of research and experiments.

      The minds ability to align us and take something we have visualized and make it a reality is phenomenal.
      The subconscious responds to images, so when we take time to visualize, we are making a connection to our subconscious, which can then go about its work of helping us manifest what it is we are visualizing.

      I have started to visualize a bit more, and will continue in this vein and learn more about meditation.
  • Profile picture of the author igl0w
    i drink beer when i work that almost like meditation
    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by igl0w View Post

      i drink beer when i work that almost like meditation
      That answer makes me 99% sure you are not the woman in your avatar.
    • Profile picture of the author chriz
      Originally Posted by igl0w View Post

      i drink beer when i work that almost like meditation
      Cool form of meditation. Alchohol shuts up the negative committee that meets in peoples heads so you could see it as a form of meditation.

      Mushrooms and Ayahusca like the Shamans do as well... I would stay away from the Ayahusca though
  • Profile picture of the author danielotc
    thought about it, got a book about it but never got into it.
    thanks for the reminder
  • Profile picture of the author Jarmila
    In response to Criz: "Insights has never been explained by science for example. How can someone like Einstein know of the relativity theory if no one in the world ever told him about it. Think about ! Insights often come when people are not thinking of the problem while hiking, driving long distances or meditating and thinking / visualizing other things! This is a way of clearing your mind to let insights in which are normally blocked my mindchatter !"

    The word insight is literally, "IN-sight" or "looking within". Thoughts become things - I think we all agree on this - the fact that we have insight proves that we are powerful creators; we are wiser and smarter than we think; and what we hold in our imaginations - i.e. what we meditate on - is real, in an alternate reality. Meditation mobilizes the mind's incredible capacity to make our visualizations real in the physical realm.

    I've gotten my best inspirations while hiking, but these always come after I've meditated on a subject. First comes mental stillness; then insight; then inspiration. I focus on a topic, and then release it. Some people call it surrendering. Then within a very short time, the flood of inspirations starts!
    • Profile picture of the author chriz
      Originally Posted by Jarmila View Post

      In response to Criz: "Insights has never been explained by science for example. How can someone like Einstein know of the relativity theory if no one in the world ever told him about it. Think about ! Insights often come when people are not thinking of the problem while hiking, driving long distances or meditating and thinking / visualizing other things! This is a way of clearing your mind to let insights in which are normally blocked my mindchatter !"

      The word insight is literally, "IN-sight" or "looking within". Thoughts become things - I think we all agree on this - the fact that we have insight proves that we are powerful creators; we are wiser and smarter than we think; and what we hold in our imaginations - i.e. what we meditate on - is real, in an alternate reality. Meditation mobilizes the mind's incredible capacity to make our visualizations real in the physical realm.

      I've gotten my best inspirations while hiking, but these always come after I've meditated on a subject. First comes mental stillness; then insight; then inspiration. I focus on a topic, and then release it. Some people call it surrendering. Then within a very short time, the flood of inspirations starts!
      I could not have phrased it better myself Jarmila ! I mean it literally as well as I am from Amsterdam and my native language is not English :-) Nicely put ! I assume you use The Law of Attraction and the power of the subconsious mind in your (business) life as well ?

      When I am walking in nature alongside the lake walking with a girlfriend (I lost count :-) and her wolfdog it is meditation for me too. She doesn't stop talking and I have to listen all the way round the lake. Poor me :-) My mind can only focus on her chattering away and then when I drive back in the car the insights come.

      Most people call it meditation, other people call it stopping mindchatter. My friend meditates every day for hours and hours. When he does not meditate even for one day he does not feel good. That for me is one step too far, as I want to feel good even though I do not meditate / visualize for a couple of days !
  • Profile picture of the author Evocess
    Yes! As a matter of fact, our team meditates. We have purchased a product from MindValley which is The Silva Life System. Its doing great for us so far. You might want to try it.

    -JF
  • Profile picture of the author Shubh Ashish
    I meditate everyday in the Morning and evening.I use the So-Ham meditation which is also called the "I AM" meditation.It helps me rejuvenate my Physical self well as my Mental inner Self.
  • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
    I have tried off and on with varying degrees of success. Interesting timing for this thread as I just in the last hour contacted a TM instructor.
    • Profile picture of the author heavysm
      I used to think it was bullshit (back in the day when i had a physical labor job lol) but now I use it at least once daily if not twice (morning and night). I meditate to music to help me get into the theta brainwave state. It's a very receptive state so I envision my most ideal circumstances or whatever else my goals are and over time these manifest into reality.

      As a note, even when i meditated when i had a physical drive-to-work job, I wasn't really getting anywhere. Though I did really well at work, my meditations were on doing well at work, which isn't really wealth or health related since it was a massive source of stress for me.

      The change came when i removed the job from my life, which happened to be where the most negativity was coming from, and from that moment forward everything just felt better. No overnight riches or any of that crap, but it was a gradual and continual shift for me.

      I have experimented running my business both on and off meditation, and meditation definitely helps me in almost every way you can imagine. Sometimes I had a few weeks where i just simply forgot to meditate, and I could notice a difference in both quality of relationships and how hard it was to sustain the profitability/success of different projects (after i self reflected and realized i hadn't meditated in a while).

      So meditating did help me reprogram myself to think in a completely different way attracting 100% different people and circumstances. Some people may not favor it for whatever reason, but this is something that's part of my life now.
  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    I tried meditating once when I was young and didn't really understand it. My mind wouldn't stop talking to me so I didn't see the point of it. Now, I have tinnitus and think it would be even more difficult. Even if I could quiet my idea factory (my mind) I suspect the tinnitus would only seem louder.

    So, let me ask those of you who do meditate a question. What is your purpose for meditating? What has it done for you?
    • Profile picture of the author Jarmila
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      I tried meditating once when I was young and didn't really understand it. My mind wouldn't stop talking to me so I didn't see the point of it. Now, I have tinnitus and think it would be even more difficult. Even if I could quiet my idea factory (my mind) I suspect the tinnitus would only seem louder.

      So, let me ask those of you who do meditate a question. What is your purpose for meditating? What has it done for you?
      Dennis,

      Mantra meditation (So-Hum, Om, etc.), breath meditation and brainwave entrainment will all help you overcome the tinnitus issue (anything where you are incorporating a sound will help).

      I meditate because it has helped me overcome conditioned thoughts and negativity, to express gratitude and love, to relieve stress and to visualize what I want.

      The coolest part of meditation for me is the inner silence. Yup, complete silence in my head. No chatter, no unwanted thoughts, no unwanted emotions, no unwanted images, just 'being.' When your inner chatter shuts up, you instantly feel more alert, alive, mentally agile, happy, connected... it's hard to describe in words how cool a 'word-less' state is. It's not hard to do this, either, in fact it's super easy.

      PM me if you want help with any of this. It's what I do :-)
    • Profile picture of the author Vickers
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      I tried meditating once when I was young and didn't really understand it. My mind wouldn't stop talking to me so I didn't see the point of it. Now, I have tinnitus and think it would be even more difficult. Even if I could quiet my idea factory (my mind) I suspect the tinnitus would only seem louder.

      So, let me ask those of you who do meditate a question. What is your purpose for meditating? What has it done for you?
      Hi Dennis,

      Thanks for your thanks :-)

      Tinnitus... you have no excuse there Dennis that's not going to be your get out of jail card.

      I suffer with that too. sometimes it's like two express trains passing each other in a long tunnel.

      The thing with meditation is that it sort of neutralizes sounds even though they are within the head.

      You ask those that meditate what has it done for you?

      All I can say is visit my website: Alpha Waves And Beyond | Vic... The Meditational Mojoist! - Meditation For Beginners
      and look for About Vic Daly and a separate post dated Aug 3rd 2012 called - The Incredible Journey - Questions + Answers

      Hope that can be of help to you...

      Vic

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