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3.1 Intro to Meditation

By: Amaya
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NOTE: This blog entry is part of a series about psychic development. Find the index for the series here.

The importance of meditation in spiritual disciplines has been recognized forever. Science has caught up with these ideas, and is showing that meditation hasa number ofbenefits. There's been so much work done on the topic that I feel no need to reinvent the wheel. Rather, let's use a source that already exists.

Angel posted these videos a while ago, and I think they're fabulous. If you go to this link, it will play all of the videos (50 minutes total) in order: Irecommend that youwatch the videos, all five of them, to become familiar with the basic principles. Don't try to meditate while the videos are playing.

My notes on these videos:

  • Video 1: I don't know about you, but the position shown in the video is uncomfortable for me to maintain for a long period of time. I personally prefer sitting in a chair and not crossing anything at all. What you want to do is to sit in a comfortable upright position - one in which you aren't tempted to fall asleep! I also recommend removing any hat that you may be wearing, as well as any jewelry that is reasonable to remove. If you have body piercings, remove any piercings that are easy to take out and put back, especially any facial piercings. You may find that playing some relaxing music in the background is helpful.
  • Video 2: I love the recommendation that meditation should be done according to one's age. A 5-year old should meditate for 5 minutes at a time. A 30-year-old should meditate for at least 30 minutes per day. This is a great guideline, but you should meditate for as long as you can. If you only can find 15 minutes free in your day, start with that. Aim to spend at least 10 minutes meditating every day.
  • Video 3: This video sort ofmakes it seem as though your third eye will activateduring your first meditation. Although it might, it probably won't. The things that are being described here are things that will happen with continued meditational practice. It may take many sessions before the mind can be quieted enough to allow the third eye to shine through clearly. Also, don't worry ifyou don't see/hear/feel things exactly as described in the video. Whenyou get to that point, you will experience something, but it will be unique to you.Allow it to come to you as it will. We'll do lots of meditations related to third eye activation aswe go along, so you'll have lots of opportunities to work on this.
  • Video 4: I haven't included astral travel in this course. I consider this to be an advanced meditational technique that I myself haven't become good at yet. If you'd like to try it as part of your personal meditational practice, please do so.My understanding isthat most people prefer to do astral travel while the body is lying down, but do whatever works best for you.
  • Video 5: What do you think of the ideas in this video? If they work for you, great. If they don't, don't worry about it. If you're wondering, yes, Ido believe that we all choose the lives that we are born into. The "after death" explanation is important to remember, too, because we'll work with past lives later and this idea will become helpful at that time.

Exercise 1: No-Thought State

That's it! That's the exercise. Practice getting into a no-thought state, using the technique in the video of focusing on the breath and allowing thoughts to pass by. Do it every day. Exercises will beposted later that involve variousguided meditations, but when we're not doing those, do this one.

If possible, try to practice meditating in lots of different places, and at different times of the day. In your home, you might try sitting in a different chair every day, or meditating standing up while leaning against the kitchen counter. Try meditating with some relaxing music, without music, and while your kids or roommates are watching TV or a movie. Whenyou're out, you might try meditating at school, on your lunch break at work, while waiting in line at the DMV or the doctor's office. Not only does the brain learn better this way, but you'll prevent yourself from forming an unhelpfullink between your meditational state and particular surroundings.

The discussion thread related to this exercise is here.

01/28/11 08:06:28AM @amaya:

Great article from today's NY Times blogs about the benefits of regular meditation!

02/25/12 06:01:09PM @amaya:

If you find that your mind continues to wander, preventing you from entering the no-thought state, here's what you should do:

1. Writedown yourthoughts, pages and pages if necessary,until there's nothing left to say

2.Try binaural beats. Listen with headphones to the playlist below:

10/03/14 06:52:08PM @amaya:

Sorry! Yes, that came up recently. You can find all five parts of the series in the list at this link: Thanks for speaking up!

11/20/15 04:40:49PM @amaya:

Thanks, Fancy! I'm working on compiling all of this information into a book, together with some of the things that I teach only in my classes. It's probably a few years from completion, but comments like yours sure do help my motivation to get it done! I'm happy to be of help. Please let me know if there's a topic you'd like to see covered. Love to you!