I would like to add a couple of observations following on from the video about meditation posted earlier. It's a good technique. They refer to it as a beginners method, but it seems to be the case with meditation that people start with a basic form, they get really into it, they "progress" onto more "advanced" forms and methods, but at some point they seem to come back to the basics.So beginners methods are ALSO what the masters do.
There are a great many forms of meditation, and they are as varied as food ( imagine trying to compare Angel delight with smoked salmon?). So trying one form and not getting on with it is no basis for dismissing other forms. That would be akin to saying "I don't like blue cheese so I'm not going to take a chance on oranges".
Of course, not wanting to do so is the only reason you need! But whether you realise it or not you have been meditating since the moment of your birth. Meditation is simply the act of focusing your awareness on something, so whatever you re thinking of at a particular time, that's what you are meditating on.
Most people though, when they talk about meditation, are talking about mindfully, deliberately placing your awareness upon something, even when that something is Nothing. Some meditations are very physical, some involve movement, or making sound ( such as a mantra, or shamanic drumming, or chanting). Some involve silence, stillness, or playfulness, or prayerfulness. Some meditations are thousands of years old, some were invented last week.
I first tried transcendental meditation back in the late 70s... it was OK, but it didn't get me so mad for it that I carried on. Not for long anyway.
I forgot all about meditation for several years, until I came across paganism in the mid 80s, and particularly shamanism. Shortly after that I meditated under the tutelage of a Vedic master. That, combined with the shamanic experiences profoundly changed my life. And since then I have meditated in many different ways, but those two are my "go to " forms.
But the form doesn't matter. You really ARE meditating anyway, and the more you meditate on something, the more you bring it into your life... so be mindful in where you place your attention. And if a style doesn't suit you, try a different one because you are the pilot of you own journey. You are steering, so only go where you want to go. But also be aware that sometimes you will find it hard, uncomfortable, and challenging, because we all have unpleasant stuff within us that needs to be released, or we might find that our bodies struggle at first with the rigours of certain disciplines. And some things are simply challenging by their nature.
Just keep your focus on the highest qualities you can conceive of, and see what happens .
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