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    #46
    Nice to see you here, Peterpan - I hope you find it helpful.

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      #47
      I downloaded some Headspace stuff yonks ago, then piled it onto my mp3 player and hit 'shuffle'. As you might guess, it didn't work too well for me. I'd be on a crowded bus on my way to work, when somewhere between hip hop and punk tracks I'd hear: "take a good look at it, focus on the shape of it, the colour". I'd giggle (inside) and skip the track.

      But now I'm giving it a proper go. My partner expressed an interest in meditation, so I'm working through 'take ten' with him, and I think I'm enjoying it even more than him. I'll let you know how it goes ; ) Considering that stress is a major issue in my life, I probably should have gotten into meditation a long time ago. But oh well, better late than never.

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        #48
        Sit without expectation or judgement as to how you are doing.
        the more you try to exert your will over your practice the further away the benefits may get.
        A bigger hammer, more effort and grind will not make you a meditater.
        Happy sitting Bees. Xx

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          #49
          A meditation teacher of mine use to say " are you meditating or day dreaming" to the group in the room.

          https://www.dailyzen.com/zendo/

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            #50
            I'm thinking I will re-do the Meditation Challenge in December, if anyone wants to join me: https://darebee.com/challenges/medit...challenge.html

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              #51
              I managed a sit last night.

              That sounds like it might be a good idea, Kanary, I might be up for that. I don't quite know what "Om Mantra" is though - well, I have a vague idea, but I'd welcome a proper guide!

              If you post it here I'll follow along in any case.

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                #52
                I tend to try to find zen music on YouTube....i use Good Vibes a lot but recently tried to meditate while listening to Celtic flute and Shaman type relaxation audio clips and was pleasantly surprised with how quickly I achieved a relaxed state vs my usual Good Vibes and Tibetan type meditation audio! I'm guessing the Celtic audio just speaks more to my inner Gaelic lol since my family has prominent Irish ties! *sigh* I'd LOVE to go to Ireland....one day....and thanks colinclean because this thread helps me to remember to meditate more regularly!

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                  #53
                  So far, 5 attempts.
                  Mind is always traveling around.
                  Still.
                  Will keep trying.

                  Happy inhale/exhale

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                    #54
                    Wow! I didn't know this thread existed. I'm all caught up now!

                    I meditate almost every night before bed. I do a nightly yoga session and after I will try and do about 6 minutes of mediation each night. Surprisingly the way my brain works - if I tried to do it in the morning I would fall asleep. However, I've found that I deeply need my nightly session in order to calm my brain. It's helped me sleep better and improve the quality of my life overall. I'm much more level headed with my emotions if I'm doing well on my meditations.

                    Kanary I have wanted to do that meditation challenge but I've been putting it off. I would definitely add it in to my routine on the first of December though!

                    Thank you colinclean for starting this thread by the way!

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                      #55
                      There are significant, long-term neurobiological gains that are the direct result of meditation. You guys are rocking it here!

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                        #56
                        Alrighty then Bees. 30 day meditation challenge, I'm in and ready for tomorrow. I will post daily.

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                          #57
                          My wife very often does an all day sit at her Zen group. Once she went on a 10 day meditation retreat.

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                            #58
                            Hey mochalette nice to see you here! Please join in and post anything useful you find.

                            Thank you, Damer! We couldn't do it without Darebee to facilitate this space of course!

                            Hi Peterpan Don't take this as expert advice, but as slightly informed advice perhaps. Sometimes people set out to "quiet the mind" or "stop" or "turn off" thinking in meditation and it might not be the best way to think about it. We can't really stop thinking - it's what we do - but we can practise thinking about one thing - breath, a mantra, something physical (meditation I am learning is at least as physical as it is mental - it's about setting our mind on our body a lot of the time) - at a time. I have found it useful to think more about that. If you are coming back to your point of focus - sounds like the breath for you, me too! - then you are already succeeding.

                            thinman Wow!

                            To try and add something useful, I'll share this video from Kelly Maconigal. I first heard of her because of my experience of addiction, through her book the Willpower Instinct (which I have, and one day will have the willpower and concentration to finish!). She does quite a lot on meditation in that and other contexts and also has some other useful talks, including quite a few things on yoga for pain relief (I believe she is a chronic pain sufferer herself).

                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMsatDwx07o

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                              #59
                              Peterpan That’s something that I struggle with too. My mind wanders. Something that helps me to “focus” or to “quiet” my mind. (I personally believe that everyone’s path on this is different. One persons focused mind might be someone else’s rambling mind. It’s all a personal journey).

                              But it what I do when I notice myself thinking about my day or something that happened or daydreaming. I bring my attention back to my body. Like the sensation I’m feeling of my legs against the floor.

                              I like to go through an easy yoga sequence sometimes and meditate for a few minutes in each pose. If I’m doing that then I will bring my attention back to my pose. And where my muscles are being stretched. Etc.

                              Again. Meditation I feel is so personal. So I don’t know if doing “active” mediation and meditating during yoga poses is a thing other people do or not but it’s something that helps me.

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                                #60
                                Originally posted by colinclean View Post
                                I managed a sit last night.

                                That sounds like it might be a good idea, Kanary, I might be up for that. I don't quite know what "Om Mantra" is though - well, I have a vague idea, but I'd welcome a proper guide!

                                If you post it here I'll follow along in any case.
                                This is the Darebee writeup on it (it's at the bottom of the Challenge page):
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