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Re: Meditation

Post by Ruby&Tilly » 20 Sep 2019 00:47

Been skimping on my meditation, when I need it most, been really stressed out / depressed, but keep forgetting, mornings seem to be the most beneficial, how's everyone else doing?

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Re: Meditation

Post by Winkler » 20 Sep 2019 07:28

Yeh I do mornings too, ruby
Missed 3 days when I was away with friends but other than that have kept it up, although have had to do 15 rather than 20 mins for a few days, time pressures
I think the effects are probably a bit like giving up smoking and drinking - you don’t noticeably feel better but feel a lot worse if you start doing it again (except not doing meditation - it’s the other way round :) )
I bought Giovanni dienstmanns book - Practical meditation- it’s the book he says he wishes he’d had access to when he started, demistifys the whole thing and is illustrated on every page - it’s lovely ;)?
Think I’ll do a listening one this morning - you just concentrate on what you can hear.
He says meditation techniques are about concentration, relaxation or awareness or a combination, so I’m still playing around with techniques :)
Hope you manage to do a few minutes today <:)>
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Re: Meditation

Post by BizzyBee » 22 Sep 2019 11:06

Hiya
Is it ok to join you guys on here please?
I'm really wanting to get myself into daily meditating. Even if it's only for 5 or 10 minutes
I'm pretty rubbish at relaxing and freeing my mind of the hectic daily thoughts usually but I've just done a 2 day course of stabilisation skills for my job where part of what I'll be encouraging clients to do is mindfulness and meditation, so I really need to practice what I'll be preaching! And obviously it'll help me on my path to not drinking and taking care of myself more.
I've downloaded the headspace app. Does anyone else use it?

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Re: Meditation

Post by Ruby&Tilly » 22 Sep 2019 11:21

Hi bizzy I used to use it, I really liked it.

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Re: Meditation

Post by Winkler » 22 Sep 2019 21:23

I used headspace for a while and really liked it and Andy. I started paying to get more, then stopped using it and it was one of those subscriptions that was really hard to cancel paying for which was irritating, even though it wasn’t a lot of money.
I think I found it a bit prescriptive in the end, but it’s really horses for courses with meditation isn’t it?
So my advice is just stick to the free stuff haha

I’ve got a really comfy meditation cushion now that helps support my hips and knees - I found if I laid down I went to sleep and I didn’t really like just sitting in a chair, it was too high up :) It does feel nice and ‘authentic’ now sitting cross legged on my cushion although I’m almost certain I’ll never do even a half lotus but that’s not something I’m going to worry about - being pain free is good enough. Apparently your hips do give with practice!
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Re: Meditation

Post by BizzyBee » 23 Sep 2019 07:20

I did wonder whether the free ones on headspace might get a bit boring but didn't want to subscribe. I'm glad you've told me that now Winkler. I'll have a look on YouTube maybe for some more free ones?

I've never heard of a meditation cushion before.
Going to have to Google it!!

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Re: Meditation

Post by Alexendra » 23 Sep 2019 13:03

This sounds really good Damson. I'm going to look into it. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Meditation

Post by Ruby&Tilly » 06 Nov 2019 23:25

Is anybody still meditating, Winkler?

I do a short meditation practice most evenings.

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Re: Meditation

Post by Winkler » 06 Nov 2019 23:45

Hey ruby, really pleased for your company
Yes, I’ve been going a good couple of months now and it’s never zero
I did have a good morning routine going but it’s slipped a bit and it’s often before bed now, usually 20 but sometimes 10 minutes. Some days I’m much more in the zone than others but am happy to be keeping it up and even if I get caught up in thoughts, I reckon perhaps I needed space to think things through!
I’m feeling much less stressed than I used to so that’s probably why it’s gone to evenings now although mornings seem to be the times most people recommend so maybe I’ll go back to that
Funny how making time for meditation seems to mean I have more time, must be the calming down effect! Have you noticed anything changing for you?
I’m using the insight timer app for starting and ending bells and like to see the people who’ve been meditating with you worldwide :) 🙏
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Re: Meditation

Post by Cowboy » 07 Nov 2019 01:14

You know what they say? If you don't have time for 30 minutes of meditation set aside 45.

I listen at night to the Mindfulness Movement. I really look forward to listening and falling asleep. I need to start taking making time in the morning to meditate. I think that would be better. At least I am doing some.
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Re: Meditation

Post by Winkler » 07 Nov 2019 06:45

Hehe I’d not heard that Cowboy
Yes indeed, you’re doing some is good, I think
I read that it’s a cumulative thing, practice done is never wasted
I often get a short but intense involuntary shiver while I’m meditating these days, I read that meditation benefits will go do their thing where they’re most needed. Maybe it’s a nervous system reset, I think that’d be ok 👌
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Re: Meditation

Post by Jj123 » 12 Nov 2019 20:34

Hi everyone can I join this thread I use headspace and do the sessions with my son. I find it really helpful mainly in the evenings.
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Re: Meditation

Post by Ruby&Tilly » 12 Nov 2019 23:23

Hi JJ and welcome to the meditation thread. :\:

Unfortunately it's a bit quiet here. :? Headspace is a great wee app, not that I use it anymore. I count my breaths, it works for me, most of the time. :mrgreen:

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Re: Meditation

Post by Jj123 » 13 Nov 2019 22:50

Thanks for welcome ruby
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Re: Meditation

Post by Shadowlad » 27 Dec 2019 07:27

Im thrilled to have received a mindfulness and meditation book with affirmation cards for Christmas. It is such a good book and so refreshing. Have done some meditation this morning :)
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Re: Meditation

Post by Jj123 » 28 Dec 2019 10:50

Thanks great I must get back into my meditation let slip over the festive period
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Re: Meditation

Post by Winkler » 28 Dec 2019 22:38

Yes, I miss days sometimes, I’ve been planning to do both yoga and meditation just recently so I keep putting it back til I’ve got more time and then get too busy or tired to be bothered. It’s not a big deal tho, I don’t think, just have to find what suits you don’t u?

Plan is to get back to a morning routine so anything extra is a bonus. Think I’m gonna do a few minutes of an evening to stop the overeating habit. I won’t feel like I have to do a longer one if I already did a morning session.

How old is your son jj?
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Re: Meditation

Post by Jj123 » 29 Dec 2019 10:47

He’s thirteen and meditating helps with anxiety for both of us. We were practicing every evening before bed must get back into it.
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