Do you know what the book was?Originally posted by michael_veggie
I read a book on it and have tried it a few times I will probably do it more . I suggest having a "mantra" thats what you say when you meditate, you just say it over and over and over again. There are also many ways to do it. I try turning all the negative energy in my body to positive energy with my imagination. I read about it in this little book.
The relaxation responseOriginally Posted by chiaraluna
For any of you that are regular meditators... I've always been interested, but I have no idea how to get started. Any tips or suggestions as to how I should go about starting to meditate?
Missed this thread before. I cannot agree more with the recommendation for Thich Nhat Hanh. Very practical, simple, sincere and beautiful writing. Certainly worth a read.Originally Posted by mountainvegan
Thich Naht Hahn is a good source in general, but especially for bring the benefits of meditation into everyday life.
I also like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Larry Rosenberg, Joseph Goldstein, and Sharon Salzberg from the Insight Meditation Society.
Amazon.com has titles and book reviews for these authors and many others.
That sounds wonderful. Mala or japa beads and chanting~ Yogananda said "chanting is half the battle"! It does help focus our minds! It's cool too to listen to mantra cd's... they say if you practice a mantra long enough it becomes automatic, and is always in your mind. How cool would that be!Originally Posted by brahmacharya
I was really resistant to meditation practice for many years. Now that I have found my place in it, I can't encourage your practice enough.
Some "branches" of meditation are dharana [concentration] and pratyahara [sense withdrawal]. Those of use with extremely monkeyish minds like me, who have trouble immersing directly into a heavy meditation practice, may do well to work on these components. Right now I have a set of mala beads [sort of like a yogarosary] and I have committed to repeat my mantra or concept over and over again, once per breath per bead, every day. Or I stare at a candle flame. The most basic meditation, and it's surprisingly difficult, seems to be to just focus on the breath as it comes in and out.
One day I will be ready for the more elaborate versions....
I've meditated for a while myself, and can only describe what it was for me.Originally Posted by chiaraluna
I've always been interested, but I have no idea how to get started. Any tips or suggestions as to how I should go about starting to meditate?