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    Favorite meditation techniques?

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    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?


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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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    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.
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    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."

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote 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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    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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