"OKSangha - Do you meditate? If so, how is your practice going?"
I've been meditating for a while - on and off for fifteen years. Some of that time I would use different visualization techniques, but now I mostly practice mindfulness meditation.
I had a minor health scare about three months ago and then increased the frequency of my sessions and the length of each session;meditating every day for at least 25 minutes and on some days another 35 minutes session in the evening.
The results have been really positive. My chronic anxieties have lessened and psychosomatic discomfort in my body has decreased as well.
But my practice hasn't always been as disciplined. Some months I would skip whole weeks, so I definitely empathize with the struggles to sit.
So if you do meditate, feel free to share or if you have questions, list them here.
4. "I suppose some people who do christian meditation do it like they are" In response to Reply # 3
praying (communicating with Jesus and the Heavenly Father)
I've always heard people describe christian meditation as just being calm and relaxed (like other types of meditation) and thinking of Bible verses and maybe statements that seem spiritual as opposed to mantras that other forms of meditation get into.
So as far as I am aware that's what christian meditation is: relaxing, maybe focusing on breathing and thinking of Bible verses and other spiritual type of statements instead of the mantras of the other kinds of meditation.
6. "Not according to the link you sent" In response to Reply # 5
from the link:
"Centering Prayer advocates link the practice to traditional forms of Christian meditation, such as on the rosary, or Lectio Divina. Critics, however, note that these traditional prayers engage the heart and mind with Sacred Scripture, while Centering Prayer is 'devoid of content.'"
I clearly indicated that in the christian meditation that I do, and what the link calls "traditional forms of Christian meditation", I think of Bible verses and spiritual statements.
8. "RE: OKSangha - Do you meditate? If so, how is your practice going?" In response to Reply # 0
I do. Although nowhere near as much as I should. I downloaded the Calm app and it helps me focus. I like its guided meditations but also greatly enjoy silent meditation with just nature sounds. I find it to be enlightening to see what thoughts, ideas, and concerns come into my mind. I take note and then let them go during the session but then try to address them afterward. Why did those thoughts come up? What can i do to put to rest the anxiety? If there is nothing I can do then I work on letting them go, but if there is I work on building an action plan. I feel the best benefits after 15 mins, energy, clarity, a euphoria. I try to work up until 30 mins. A constant practice has me feeling much more balanced. It helps with my self-diagnosed ADHD and patience.
My life is lived through words and how I mold them into poetry- Jorge Luis Borges
9. "RE: OKSangha - Do you meditate? If so, how is your practice going?" In response to Reply # 8
>I do. Although nowhere near as much as I should.
From someone who's meditated for a while, that struggle is natural. It was helpful for me to hear an experienced Zen priest say she feels hesitant to meditate every day. A woman who meditated told me one day that when you're really ready to make it part of your daily self-care routine you will. There's no need to become frustrated with yourself if you don't. Just bring yourself back to meditating when you get a chance.
In a way it's part of the process of building awareness. It's just the restlessness in your mind churning on itself. But yeah, I struggle with consistently meditating day to day too. I guess that's why I need meditation.
I downloaded >the Calm app and it helps me focus. I like its guided >meditations but also greatly enjoy silent meditation with just >nature sounds. I find it to be enlightening to see what >thoughts, ideas, and concerns come into my mind. I take note >and then let them go during the session but then try to >address them afterward.
It's a good feeling to get in touch with yourself. You can see your concerns and gifts without distraction and hopefully without judgement or shame. It's remarkable the potential for wisdom, thoughtfulness and insight people have. Like you, meditation has been instrumental as far as awareness of my issues and emotions but also with my ability to remain calm when anxiety hits.
I'll look into the Calm app. I use an app called Insight Timer but I'm up for looking into new things.
>It helps with my self-diagnosed ADHD and patience.
Patience is hard for me too, but meditation at least gives me an instant of awareness when my patience wanes. Then it's just a matter of breathing or just accept that I need to just wait and accept the anxiety.