I just curious to know what everyone's stance on meditation is.
Do you feel like it is useful?
If it is no what are your struggles?
If it is what do you do that you find useful?
i ve been meditationg on and off for the last 2 years...i had my first experience maybe 5 years ago but took it more seriously in the last 2 years..
i feel its a amazing source and practical tecnique to organize feeling and thoughts.. throught the process of meditation and it can make you a learn a lot a about yourself and more than a conscient way...i feel unity and control of my mind with not so much conflict, the way i feel normally..
For me its a different perspective, if one takes it seriously it can widen and widen till you have some good meditative stabilitty of focus and thought process.. (just being ultra rational here)
I have been meditating on and off for around 20 years and I have never ever been comfortable meditating but.....when I create collage I have clarity, there is no thought...only me in the present moment in the act of cutting, gluing and placement of paper and that fills me with satisfaction and calm. Being an artist, I find I receive more guidance, ideas, inspirations and solutions through what I call 'focused daydreaming'. This is where I focus on a question that I have or an artwork that I want ideas for and even readings that I do. I think that focused daydreaming is particularly helpful for artists, designers and creative people. That said...at night time when I lay down to go to sleep, I do a relaxation/visualisation from toes upwards ....usually when I get to my solar plexus, I am fast asleep or nodding off.
If I get overwhelmed, I usually close my eyes and focus on the soles of my feet and breathe. This is a mini meditation that I find very grounding. I do the same thing when I do colour readings or start an intuitive drawing. I have also learned to listen energetically and that is part of my empath skill set.
One of challenges in daily life as an empath is to get myself to stay balanced and calm. And while I feel pretty good after meditating, I often get lots of paranormal surprises in the hours and days following meditation. It somehow seems to switch on some of my psychic and mediumship abilities. And I'm torn as to whether I am ready for some of that. In particular I don't like ghosts flocking over to me. And I don't like my empath radar being turned on blast to where I struggle to be around people or have an uptick in strangers seeking me out in public as if we're long lost friends. And meditation seems to do that to me a lot of the time. So for a while now, I have stopped meditating. But I do plan to go back to it when I'm up for the side effect challenge.
Thank you all for the excellent input here. I had a sudden light bulb moment when reading it... that my increasing inability to turn off the psychic stuff may be due to the incredible amount of time I spend in meditation each morning...at least an hour. Most of that is spent doing visualization healings on people I know who are sick, so I do not want to stop it, but I can let go of the rest of it, and see if that helps. Thanks!