- Something Jason Miller told me: "It's actually impossible to fail at meditating. If you notice that you're distracted, and go back to meditating, then you're SUCCEEDING at meditating. The only way to fail is to notice you're distracted and just give up."
- Set a timer. Otherwise, I spend a lot of time wondering if my time is up yet. I'm usually very good at knowing how long things take, but I find it very difficult to judge how long I've been meditating (Some time ago, I wrote this article about improving your time sense...it's a useful skill that's relatively easy to cultivate.) I like a timer that just chimes once, so I can go over time if I want to. (Although in the mornings, I don't really have that option; my morning schedule is pretty tight.)
- Headphones with white noise. Blocking out background noises makes it much easier, especially when you're first learning. This site lets you mix your own ambient noise. This is what I use for meditating and this is for trance work. Heaphones also work as a signal to people that you're busy and don't want to chat (when on a bench at the park or on the bus or etc
- Isochronic tones on headphones. I find this one especially nice when I have the time for it. http://iso-tones.com/DeepMeditation.mp3 I think, probably, different people will get results from different tones. I've tried a wide variety, and most of them just give me a headache. I usually only use the tones when I'm really having trouble getting settled or if I want an extra deep meditation (when I'm very upset, or if I'm going to do magic after, for example).
- Breathing exercises I find very helpful, they only take a few minutes, and they're quite discreet.
- Take a deep breath in through your mouth for about 6 heartbeats. Hold it for about 4 heartbeats, and then exhale for about 4 heartbeats. Repeat. I do this several times at the beginning, and it really helps.
- While meditating, I imagine my breath spiraling up from my seat to my throat, it does not descend, but just sort of relaxes as I breath out.
- Keep your hands open. for some reason, my hands really want to ball up into fists, but its very helpful to keep them open. I don't know why
- This is a new thing that I've never heard of anyone else doing, but I find it really helpful: I set a timer for 5-10 minutes and let my mind just wander during that time, before I meditate. This doesn't "count" as meditation time, but I find that, especially in the evenings, it gives my brain a chance to "decompress" from work before I ask it to be still. I kind of "get all that thinking out of my system" before I start.
- http://www.vipassanadhura.com/howto.htm This website is helpful.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Posted by The Professor at 9:50 AM