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    #31
    I'm 65 and originally did meditation with my first Yoga teacher in '73, this involved sitting in lotus on a blanket, I still meditate this way. I have studied with a Tibetan Buddhism teacher this would have sitting and walking meditation.

    I did Aikido for 4 years and we would meditate in Seiza, on the Aikido mats. Tai Chi since '79 and this is often called moving meditation.In Tai Chi we would do standing meditation, usually a horse stance like your sitting on an invisible chair, kind of Shaolin style.

    Last edited by thinman; September 15, 2018, 10:50 AM. Reason: added more info

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      #32
      Very interesting, thinman ! And yes, there are so many different kind of meditation.

      Last week I meditated 6 days out of seven, so goal reached

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        #33
        Many years ago I got my wife into meditation when I went to a Tibetan Buddhism teacher and she tried it. My wife has been involved with meditation groups ever since and now Zen style. I was doing Hot Yoga recently and would go 1/2 an hour early and sit in the Lotus pose, sometimes 1/2 Lotus. I usually meditate on my own this way. Standing meditation forces you to focus on the breath and is usually done for 15 mins.

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          #34
          Last week and this week, did meditation 6 days out of 7 - goal reached. I had a particularly good thankfullness meditation

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            #35
            Somehow I have missed this thread...just busy with life lol. But, add me in too! I try to incorporate meditation for the relaxation and calming benefits, but many times just can't quiet my mind. A couple of weeks ago I achieved my longest meditation ever at around 18 mins! I was quite proud. Maybe the thread will help increase my regularity. I tend to attempt to meditate after I do some form of yoga at the end if my workout sessions in the morning before my family is up and about.

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              #36
              Has this been posted here before: Foundation Mindfulness Course Materials

              I haven't yet looked at it very deeply, but it looks pretty good so far.

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                #37
                Hey there, Molly! 18 minutes is great. . . I think most of my meditation has peaked at 5 minutes. I used to know a chap in an online recovery community who meditated for an hour every morning.

                Thank you for that Kanary, it looks great!

                I remember I used some stuff from New York University - just MP3s, and they're here.

                https://www.nyu.edu/students/health-...ng-corner.html

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                  #38
                  My meditation teacher who taught a kids group would have them sit in a circle and tell them that the first to move everyone would point and shout "snake". None would move till the bell sound. Length was usually 1/2 an hour then some walking meditation and back to another 1/2 hour.

                  Om mani padme hum

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                    #39
                    Kanary . The online course looks good, but quite heavy requiring About 45 mins a daily.
                    I sit for about 20 mins almost daily and I do this as part of my morning routine. I've used the headspace app for just over 2 years and it's the only app I've every paid for.
                    my personal thoughts would be to begin short( 5-10mins) daily. The daily practice is more important than the duration, it allows a good habit to build as you begin to see the benefits which are way broader than mindfulness and stress relief.
                    As my practice has grown, I have wanted to meditate for longer (sometimes 20 mins flashes by) and also now I can see when I'm out of synch with myself (mindfulness/awareness) and I want to go a meditated and get centred/grounded again.
                    meditation to me is now just as important as a gym session or eating good food.
                    happy sitting everyone x

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                      #40
                      I meditated yesteday and the day before. A five minute sit, in zazen style, last night, and a six minute one the night before.

                      I'm taking this on as a daily discipline and I'm going to try to log it, maybe here.

                      I found Saturday night's sit very hard. I was really fidgety and actually checked my timer before the time was up. The same last night. Even five minutes of sitting sets me panicking as the timer reaches the end. This is from prolonged and compulsive social media use, which I'm working on!

                      (Also I wanted to bump this thread back up! And I'll add something useful I found.)

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAHSVnMuVtI

                      I have used this and enjoyed it - though these things are very personal, I know.)

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                        #41
                        That's all right, colinclean , little by little you will find yourself sitting and not checking the timer, for a longer time. Hugs!

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                          #42
                          When I went to a Tibetan Meditation group, I got into the lotus pose on a blanket and the teacher left the room. Usually we sat 1/2 an hour then walking meditation then another 1/2 hour but he didn't come back in till an hour later, I was still in full lotus. Often I would sit in lotus for the 1st and seiza on a blanket for the 2nd 1/2 hour, I don't use the benches or cushion props.

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                            #43
                            There's a famous saying by one of the yoga teachers/researchers (Leslie Kaminoff) regarding the lotus pose:

                            The people who can do it don't need to do it.

                            The people who can't do it shouldn't try to.



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                              #44
                              Didn't meditate last night! Whoops!

                              Thank you for this, Ann, it's nice to have a new name to look at! I can't yet do a lotus, but I would like to get there in the end.

                              I'll add in this chap, a zen monk, who talks through some alternative seating positions for his style of meditation. (I may be reposting this, but I like this bloke!)

                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_djWyC1-_4

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                                #45
                                Joining the meditation group.
                                For now, and after reading your posts and googling from there, I'm starting with the breath awareness
                                And 3min -)
                                Already had 2 total failures and an acceptable attempt...

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