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I am a newcomer to meditation but I will mention that I have trained as a hypnotherapist including self hypnosis.
I started about one month ago using_Meditation for Dummies_ as a guiding text. My first sessions were very short, less than five minutes. Then I started to build up time and went from five to ten to 15 minutes and my last session was 30 minutes.
I meditate sitting on a straight backed chair using a cushion and loose fitting clothing. My mantra is Absolute Compassion to All.
I try to understand people toward whom I feel anger. I am highly visual so I put a blue light of healing around them, followed by a translucent gold light of knowledge, followed by a green light of growth. I always include myself in the picture (at a younger age) so that I am healed as well
Does it work? So far yes. My visualisations of angry, violent scenes that have troubled me for so long are lessening and under better control. An objective measure is my blood pressure, which is at its lowest for a good while, decades in fact.
What are other people's experiences of meditation?