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The Texas Buddha
04 Mar 11, 02:24
Hi all,
Now i have been trying to meditate for a while. I used to do it almost everyday. And when i went on a wilderness expedition i tried out in the wild an it amazing!:) i don't think i have ever been so relaxed! But my question is is that I'm not 100% sure Ive been doing it right? if anyone could help me out on maybe if there is a right way to do it would really appreciate it! thanks!!

daverupa
04 Mar 11, 02:42
I don't suppose you'd like to convey a little bit of your method?

The Texas Buddha
04 Mar 11, 02:59
ofcoarse!:) I ofcoarse sit crossed legged. close my eyes hands on lap and start breathing at a regular pace. getting slower and slower as i go on. I usually try to visualize something postive to symbol commpassion like, trees or something?

Cloud
04 Mar 11, 03:32
All meditation is... is taking time to be mindful. Staying still, quiet, and observing the mind. What you hear, what thoughts arise, what feelings you notice, using usually your breath as an anchor to come back to. You anchor your mind to the breath and in that connection calm arises. From that calm and watching the coming and going of all other mental phenomena, insight arises.

Esho
04 Mar 11, 03:43
is taking time to be mindful.

I like it,

Thanks Cloud!

Cloud
04 Mar 11, 04:20
It's true, really, I'm not lying. ;) If we can learn to be mindful all of the time, we don't need to set aside time to "meditate", as we're already doing it! This is one form of "meditation", which can also be called Samatha-Vipassana, that Ajahn Chah taught was useful to do throughout your day, during all of your activities, rather than simply at a specific "time" or "place". It's using the breath as your anchor and to calm the mind, and paying attention.

This can help us to do work, our jobs, without adding feelings (which may be negative). We simply see them arise, acknowledge them, and continue to work. Very useful!

Esho
04 Mar 11, 05:13
This is one form of "meditation", which can also be called Samatha-Vipassana, that Ajahn Chah taught was useful to do throughout your day, during all of your activities, rather than simply at a specific "time" or "place". It's using the breath as your anchor and to calm the mind, and paying attention.

Yes, true... it is like when we are told to "bring zazen into daily life". I know you were not lying and that is why I like it.

;)

Aloka
04 Mar 11, 07:26
ofcoarse!:) I ofcoarse sit crossed legged. close my eyes hands on lap and start breathing at a regular pace. getting slower and slower as i go on. I usually try to visualize something postive to symbol commpassion like, trees or something?

Hi TTB,

You can use the breath as the meditation object by just relaxing and breathing normally, and gently focussing on your breath, and then if your mind has wandered, notice that, and gently bring your awareness back with the breath again. There is no need to use visualisations with this simple method and eventually the mind will become tranquil and settled.

Aloka
04 Mar 11, 07:34
This is the first of a Buddhist Meditation series of videos on YouTube which you might find helpful



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rd7a9Ur2x0o#

The Texas Buddha
04 Mar 11, 14:10
Thank you all all th comments seem very helpful!:)