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  • Favorite meditation techniques?

    Mine are:
    Breathing in for three heartbeats, out for four, repeat while counting backward from ten, repeat.

    Focusing on one object or shape in my mind and denying all other thoughts.

    Imagining my mattress is on the sea, waving from foot to head or head to foot (switching gets too distracting and requires mental focus that seems to NOT be relaxing). This one might freak you out at first because it really feels like your body is flapping up and down. Super cool.

    Simply noticing my skin as it expands with each heartbeat, on my nose, my feet, everywhere, area by area. Once you learn to feel your heartbeat in your skin, you can do it on the bus, at work, anywhere.

    Like the commenter in today's blog post mentioned, imagining cold liquid/mud sliding down my head, from the top of my brain to the bottom. Super effective.

    So what are your favorite meditation tricks?
    Crohn's, doing SCD

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    I. focusing on the "darkness"
    II. focusing on sounds
    III. focusing on touch / body

    Spend a few seconds on each step, and repeat.

    PS: This is also a "cure" for insomnia.

    PSS: I never do this regularly...meditation is the hardest habit to stick to.

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    • #3
      Counting breaths combined with a timer in another room. The timer keeps you from being distracted/wondering how long you've been sitting, and counting breaths keeps you focused on just one thing. It is a hard habit to stick to. Theoretically, if you do it on a regular basis, eventually you'll zone out and just naturally stop counting your breaths.
      "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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      • #4
        I have tried all of the ideas and techniques put forward by just about any kind of meditation guide culture or group, and typically I still end up just masturbating.
        "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

        Jack london, "Before Adam"

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        • #5
          I'm boring... Just square breathing. I used to use a candle but haven't in years.

          Well, maybe not soooo boring. I have had some amazing experiences meditating. At one point I had a 1,500 OPEC epuzzle I was working on. I would mess with it a little and then meditate. During meditation I would see puzzle pieces falling like rain. After meditation, I would immediately be able to put together several pieces from the puzzle.
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          • #6
            Mindfulness meditation stimulated through aniracetam and theanine.

            Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain

            I'm going to implement other techniques soon, once I perfect this. Unfortunately, due to bad anxiety, nootropics are required for now. Hoping mediation will fix that in and of itself.
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            • #7
              Right now I just do plain old sitting zazen. Zazen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

              Just sit and stare at that wall..... very boring shit, but I do feel better in a subtle way for the rest of the day when I do it.

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              • #8
                I sit cross legged, eyes closed and focus on breathing and trying to relax any tension (mainly in my head but shoulders etc)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                  Mindfulness meditation stimulated through aniracetam and theanine.

                  Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain

                  I'm going to implement other techniques soon, once I perfect this. Unfortunately, due to bad anxiety, nootropics are required for now. Hoping mediation will fix that in and of itself.
                  Wow first I've heard of these nootropics… do they have side effects?

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                  • #10
                    I do sitting meditation in a straight-back chair, well balanced, maybe like zazen, in a closed room with no sounds. I close my eyes and just breathe naturally and concentrate totally on feeling the temperature difference in my nose of the in-breath (cool) and the out-breath (warm). Any stray thoughts I block. Feeling only, feeling temperature only. And then nothingness. The sense of time is gone. I sit. Then nothing sits.

                    Before I start I ask my husband to come and touch me in 30 min. if I haven't come out.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by StupidFatHobbit View Post
                      Wow first I've heard of these nootropics… do they have side effects?
                      Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea leaves which blocks the binding of L-glutamic acid to glutamate receptors in the brain, and the mechanisms are anti-anxiety and stress due to inhibition of cortical neuron excitation. Aniracetam is a more potent anxiolytic in the racetam family, with a shorter half-life, which performs its mechanisms via modulation of the AMPA receptor.

                      No real side effects attributed to either, that I've noticed or found.
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                      • #12
                        btw. if I were living in the US I'd be doing the floatation tanks (meditation + sensory deprivation = win!)... can't find them here in austria though...

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                        • #13
                          I. focusing on the "darkness"
                          II. focusing on sounds
                          III. focusing on touch / body

                          Spend a few seconds on each step, and repeat.

                          PS: This is also a "cure" for insomnia.

                          PSS: I never do this regularly...meditation is the hardest habit to stick to.
                          Interesting. I might try that one at break tonight. It is a hard habit to carry for long, but why? Do we just get bored?

                          Counting breaths combined with a timer in another room. The timer keeps you from being distracted/wondering how long you've been sitting, and counting breaths keeps you focused on just one thing. It is a hard habit to stick to. Theoretically, if you do it on a regular basis, eventually you'll zone out and just naturally stop counting your breaths.
                          I do stop counting my breaths, but that's usually because I've fallen asleep! :P

                          I have tried all of the ideas and techniques put forward by just about any kind of meditation guide culture or group, and typically I still end up just masturbating.
                          I suspect most of your daily activities are interrupted as such. Working in the kitchen, water about to boil *zap* whappit time! Must be terrible.

                          I'm boring... Just square breathing. I used to use a candle but haven't in years.

                          Well, maybe not soooo boring. I have had some amazing experiences meditating. At one point I had a 1,500 OPEC epuzzle I was working on. I would mess with it a little and then meditate. During meditation I would see puzzle pieces falling like rain. After meditation, I would immediately be able to put together several pieces from the puzzle.
                          Sounds like how my Grandpa taught my mom, and she taught me, to solve word searches. Just clear the mind and let the eyes wander, and boom, words appear.

                          Mindfulness meditation stimulated through aniracetam and theanine.

                          Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain

                          I'm going to implement other techniques soon, once I perfect this. Unfortunately, due to bad anxiety, nootropics are required for now. Hoping mediation will fix that in and of itself.
                          K. Haven't tried the pills. I do like my green tea, though.

                          Right now I just do plain old sitting zazen. Zazen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

                          Just sit and stare at that wall..... very boring shit, but I do feel better in a subtle way for the rest of the day when I do it.
                          I can't stare at walls without being attacked by huge, oily blue and yellow circles that dance and radiate. Sometimes I can use them, usually they are as distracting as TV.

                          I do sitting meditation in a straight-back chair, well balanced, maybe like zazen, in a closed room with no sounds. I close my eyes and just breathe naturally and concentrate totally on feeling the temperature difference in my nose of the in-breath (cool) and the out-breath (warm). Any stray thoughts I block. Feeling only, feeling temperature only. And then nothingness. The sense of time is gone. I sit. Then nothing sits.

                          Before I start I ask my husband to come and touch me in 30 min. if I haven't come out.
                          That sounds pretty nice, actually.

                          btw. if I were living in the US I'd be doing the floatation tanks (meditation + sensory deprivation = win!)... can't find them here in austria though...
                          $$$, even DIY is $$$
                          Crohn's, doing SCD

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                          • #14
                            I favour mindful meditation.

                            But for newb clients if I am recommending good ways to start I usually use guided meditation technique as it is easier and they are more likely to stick with it that way.
                            Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

                            Dr. Seuss

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                            • #15
                              I use mindfulness- pretty similar to what a lot of people have said above- but I also do bodyscan (he, often fall asleep doing this)...good old Jon Kabat-Zinn styles. There is also mindful walking but my monkeybrain wont let me do that ('oohhh look at the pretty ____!') but from what little I know it isn't that you are able to be mindful for long stretches, but learning to come back to the mindfulness when you've drifted.
                              I also have tried Body Talk and the 'cortices' tapping makes me super chilled out. Placebo or not, doesn't really bother me as I feel better

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