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Author Topic: Moving meditation & exercise, etc?  (Read 7183 times)
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« Reply #4: June 26, 2009, 08:51:26 pm »


From what I know, the point of meditation is not to zone out but to tune in.  You're not supposed to ignore everything and think nothing, because that's impossible.  Meditation is just an exercise of noticing. 

What you may try is sitting cross-legged on the floor, or on a chair if you have back problems.  Relax and just notice your breath.  If thoughts distract you to the point that you get hooked and 5 minutes go by without you realizing, gently notice that you are thinking, and let the thought float away.  Return to your breath.  Let yourself hear everything going around you, but don't punish yourself if you drift off.  Always come back to the breath.  If you find yourself hooked again, don't push the thought away with violence, just notice you were hooked and let it float away.  This will happen  many times within the span of a few minutes. Smiley 

If there are times when you start thinking about a memory that has been especially painful or angering to you, and find it impossible to let it go, let yourself sit and feel all the emotion this memory brings you, be present in it, don't push it away and try to ignore it.  What matters most is being in the moment.  Let yourself ride it out until you can finally let the memory go and come back to your breath. 

I suggest you start out with only 5 minutes a day, and if you find you can sit longer, go ahead and do so.  This isn't a contest, this is something you are doing for yourself, so don't push yourself to do more or grade yourself on how well you sat that day.  There will always be different opportunities.

The point of this is not only relaxation, but noticing the tendency of our minds to never be present.  We always want to be in the past, in the future, or in a reality of our making.  If we accept the reality we are in at the present moment, we will be on our way to letting go of rejection and judgment.  This will ultimately bring peace.
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