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Benefits of Meditation...

Discussion in 'Alternative Treatments' started by Opalshards, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. Opalshards

    Opalshards Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I am a big believer in Meditation to aid health. I was taught how to Meditate in Spiritual Church and have never looked back.
    Then in later life I was taught Tail-Chi and the movements of Qigong or Chi Gung to keep active.
    So you have Passive or Active meditations. I know it all seems a bit ( new age) for some people. But don't knock it till you have tried it.
    If you are interested I recommend Youtube as a great resource. You can sit at your computer with eyes closed and follow the narration.
    Or stand and move with the qigong masters to get moving.. benefits-of-meditation.jpg
     
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    Opalshards Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Opalshards Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Basic balancing Chaka meditation. Opening up the 7 main energy channels.

     
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    Alanp35 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Meditation is brilliant and like many alternative therapies better practised having learnt. I have been meditating for many years but still go to a group where I can enjoy "guided" meditation. It just slows and calms - can't be bad.



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    Opalshards Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    :rolleyes:Ah a fellow believer.
     
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    AgaRosa Type 1 · Active Member

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    Great to hear that you guys are meditating too! Have been doing it for two years every day now and am definitely seeing the benefits - foe example reduced my blood pressure medication from 100 to 25mm (and had been on high doses for 10 years prior), am also much happier overall which helps with diabetes (reduced stress etc). Do you know the Insight Timer app? It has hundreds of great guided meditations. I would also recommend Sandy Newbigging's 'Body Calm' CD - fantastic! Keep up the good work

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    poemagraphic Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    From an Old Age Hippy I must concur!

    Meditation rocks!
     
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    WuTwo Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I use the Insight Timer app every night. It has some great guided meditations, and a really easy to use filter. Or, on other nights I'll just set the timer.

    Like many things in life, the more regular the practice the greater the benefits achieved, I feel.
     
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    Guna108 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) are very calming. I chant mantras for meditation which help me greatly.
     
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    I find contemplative prayer and celtic meditation to be of great help.
     
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    WuTwo Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @lucylocket61 - what does celtic meditation involve please? Is there any great difference between it and buddhist meditation?
     
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    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    In Celtic meditation I select a scripture or a short passage of words from a Saint, and spent time in silence reflecting on it, repeating it slowly, as often or as little as I wish, and let my mind focus on the words. I am usually sitting on the floor, cross legged. I often light a candle too, to help me concentrate on a fixed point. Sometimes I have my eyes closed.

    Sometimes it involves just visualising Christ on the Cross, with me sitting at His feet, in silence and oneness with Him.

    Can you tell me about Buddhist meditation please? I welcome expanding my knowledge and trying new (to me) ideas.
     
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    At the moment my focus is Tonglen meditation. This involves breathing in the pain of others - starting with one known well to me, then an acquaintance, then a stranger, expanding outwards all the time to someone I clash with, and groups. Each time I breathe in, I breathe in their pain. Every outbreath sends love, healing and warmth.

    It is hardest when working with strangers, or people with whom I clash, but their pain is valid too and deserves comfort.

    Another week I might moved back to mindfulness, so that I don't lose sight of me, where I am, what I am and this moment. For that I start with a part of my body, and gradually move round my body and each time I listen to it - for discomfort, for pain, for how much of a distraction it is. Slowly I encompass my whole body in this moment, this now, so that I am wholly and totally focussed on the now.

    Finally - there are times when I rest in the Presence, and am renewed.
     
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    WuTwo Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I am sat in the lotus posture, upright but relaxed, breathing in through my nose, out through my mouth. Eyes relaxed and closed.

    It is very comfortable for me, but not necessary by any means. Any comfortable posture is fine.
     
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    WuTwo Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    In so many ways, whar we do is the same I think. We just have different words for it.
     
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    WuTwo Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Also I like guided meditations with teachers whose advice/guidance really helps me. I use Insight Timer app and have five teachers who each help me to understand different things, but in the same way - through meditation. They have helped me enormoously.
     
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