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Technical aspects of meditation

yoda_sodayoda_soda ExplorerDagobah Explorer

Hi all,

I'm looking for your perspectives on the technical aspects of meditation: sitting posture, meditation schedule, creating a meditation space, and preparing for meditation. How do you feel about aids to meditation (chanting, music, imagery, using the sun, etc.)? I'm open to learning from different viewpoints. I've learned about the theory of meditation and dharma generally; I'd like to develop a useful regular practice.

Thanks,

YS

Comments

  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    This might help
    http://www.samye.org/posture.htm

    or this:

    Shoshin
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    I usually meditate sometime in the morning. I hear that HHDL likes to meditate at 4 AM, I tend to sleep a bit longer, then coffee first thing.

  • yoda_sodayoda_soda Explorer Dagobah Explorer

    Hi everyone. @lobster Thanks, I will review it. @Kerome So you have coffee before meditation? Interesting. Does that help?

  • JeffreyJeffrey Veteran Veteran
    edited March 9

    I like to read something before meditation. I don't think about what I have read during meditation though. I think about what I read before meditation though. If it's morning I also drink coffee but if I meditate in the evening I don't drink coffee.

    And when I say I read something it may be something my teacher wrote for an ongoing course or it could be just something I stumbled on and thought "hey I want to review and know about that".

    I wouldn't play music during meditation. For chanting I would do that outside of meditation but not during. A lot of teachers talk about the posture and over the years I have incorporated that. I like to experiment sitting by the sunshine from a window or wherever but I don't seek anything that is distracting.

    For meditation the posture is important because it affects the mind. But the mind is mores important than the posture. For the mind I think of four points: present moment, heart/mind, wake up, and let go into space.

    lobsterAlex
  • yoda_sodayoda_soda Explorer Dagobah Explorer

    @Jeffrey Nice.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    @yoda_soda said:
    I'd like to develop a useful regular practice.

    Then do it.

    You might not like it. It is not about like, or dislike or amusing ourselves. It is just being with ourselves regularly

  • yoda_sodayoda_soda Explorer Dagobah Explorer
    edited March 10

    @lobster Good point. In the beginning, it will be a challenge. I come here for some insight from others before going into meditation lands.

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Technical aspects of meditation
    I come here for some insight from others before going into meditation lands.

    Meditation land is Awareness & Familiarization land ...And on or off the cushion ,,, Awareness is always present...

    @yoda_soda You may find this helpful...

    lobster
  • yoda_sodayoda_soda Explorer Dagobah Explorer

    @Shoshin Thanks!

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    @yoda_soda said:
    @Kerome So you have coffee before meditation? Interesting. Does that help?

    It just helps me wake up and stay focussed, the risk with early morning meditation is that you can still be sleepy. It’s a help in some ways, in that it aids with staying tranquil. So there are some ups and downs compared to meditating in the early afternoon, where you may face more hindrances related to a busy mind.

  • yoda_sodayoda_soda Explorer Dagobah Explorer

    @Kerome Nice.

  • KundoKundo Veteran Sydney, Australia Veteran

    I usually meditate after I get home from work. The kids are usually doing homework, gaming or cooking dinner so I do a 15-30 minute session in my bedroom. I also meditate just before I go to sleep for about 10-15 mins (with Google Home playing ocean sounds in the background)

    _ /\ _

    yoda_soda
  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    Do or Do not. There is no try.
    Bodhi Yoda
    https://insighttimer.com/meditation-app

  • yoda_sodayoda_soda Explorer Dagobah Explorer

    @lobster Quoting me, you are!

    Shoshin
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @yoda_soda , a lot of that, we do...!

  • yoda_sodayoda_soda Explorer Dagobah Explorer

    Mudhole? Slimy? My home this is!

  • ZenshinZenshin Veteran East Midlands UK Veteran

    @yoda_soda said:
    Mudhole? Slimy? My home this is!

    Home you do not own, but renting it you are.

    Kundolobster
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Own anything, you do not, rent everything, you do.

    For everyone, that is true.

    Stop now, can we....? :D

    KundoZenshin
  • kaegriffykaegriffy New England New

    My ritual of meditation is once i wake up, i go and wash my hands and face. Washing my hands is a great ritual to remain mindful, im aware of the temperature of the water, where the water streams over my hand, the look of the water. Once i have done this ill prepare one large pillow, sit spine almost fully erect, legs crossed and my hands wherever feels comfortable, usually on either knee. Then ill close my eyes and be mindful of every sensation i may be feeling from my sense; how hard the pillow is, how warm the room is, the moistness of my hands. And once aware of all with my eyes closed ill breathe deeply, counting 10 breathes, if i lose concentration on the way to 10 i start again. And once im induced into the meditation and in a state of blissful relaxation, i meditate according to whatever my intention is.

    federicayoda_sodaShoshinZenshin
  • yoda_sodayoda_soda Explorer Dagobah Explorer

    Good news! I visited a Zen center and got some meditation under my belt. Buddha claps for me... Now I just have to go back. It was actually kinda nice. A kindly experienced Zen dude took me under his wing and instructed me.

    Jeffrey
  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran
    edited March 17

    A kindly experienced Zen dude took me under his wing and instructed me.

    Must have been a Garuda. o:)
    Good news. Bravo.

    Now I just have to go back.

    You could go forward ... B)

    I'd like to develop a useful regular practice.

  • yoda_sodayoda_soda Explorer Dagobah Explorer

    @lobster I mean, return to the center!

  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    B)

    Return to the Middle Way/Center ???

    I knew there was a plan ...

  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    I'd like to develop a useful regular practice.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    Meditation space is eventually inward.

    Initially it is useful to have a shrine as focus.

    Here is one of mine

    You might find a meditation/insight journal useful ... for your sacred space ...
    http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/comment/523495#Comment_523495

  • DakiniDakini Veteran Veteran

    I've had some of my best meditation sessions out in my backyard, with the wind rustling in the trees and the occasional chirping of birds, along with the garden fragrances, as a background. I find it helps calm the mind to focus on those elements, and really dwell with them.

    paulysolobsterJeffrey
  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    Nice reminder @Dakini <3

    Dakini
  • adamcrossleyadamcrossley Veteran Veteran
    edited April 7

    @lobster said:
    Meditation space is eventually inward.

    From Food for the Heart by Ajahn Chah:

    All places are peaceful. That some may seem distracting is because of our minds. However, a quiet place can help us to become calm, by giving us the opportunity to train and thus harmonize with its calm.

    paulysolobster
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    It may sound overly simplistic, but sometimes, as I sit, I open my eyes, look down at my knees and the supporting area of floor, and I just think to myself: "This is all there is. And it will end."

    Brings me into the real moment more quickly and efficiently than any other technical aspect I know of.

    paulysoJeffrey
  • ZenSamZenSam Explorer ZenJew Explorer

    Always stretch beforehand, especially if you're doing it in the lotus position.

    lobster
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