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DCameronMauch wrote: I manage to get past that, and actually attempt to meditate, my mind barrages me with random
Maiken wrote:I wanted to share my experience as well, it is similar to Ashley´s actually.
I used to be able to meditate easily, but then suddenly I started to feel too restless and it just didn´t work like it used to.
After a while I gave up the trying and started to focus on my senses more. Like everytime I walk the stairs, I am present, I feel the movement, and mind automatically is still. Then when I eat, I focus entirely to taste and biting and again the mind is quiet. The more I have practiced it, the easier it gets to take these little moments and they seem to be more frequent. And it almost feels like the little me dissolves when I am in the senses, I can not explain it, but it gives me the same calmness and joy as the long meditations used to. So maybe you could try to bring more presence into your everyday life and not worry about the meditation.
All the best.
And it almost feels like the little me dissolves when I am in the senses, I can not explain it, but it gives me the same calmness and joy as the long meditations used to.
kiki wrote:Maiken - well done. What you are doing is wonderful.
In Zen they say it like this: when I eat, I eat; when I walk, I walk. In other words, fully immerse yourself in whatever you are doing, giving it full attention - this is meditation. Meditation then is no longer confined to a sit-down formal session, but becomes a full time practice.And it almost feels like the little me dissolves when I am in the senses, I can not explain it, but it gives me the same calmness and joy as the long meditations used to.
You explained it beautifully.
Not being able to meditate is very frustrating. Especially since is used to be to easy, relatively speaking. I really don't know how to get past this. And I don't seem to be making any progress.
One of the ways I've learned from ET to stop the mind cold is to become aware of space. Sitting on your bench, simply notice the space between you and the nearest tree, shrub, rock, anything. Just notice it. Same in any room. Notice the space between you and the wall in front of you. Notice that the wall, floor and ceiling aren't the most important part of the room but the space that makes the room possible. Notice that space. Hold out your hand in front of you. Notice the space between your eyes and your hand. It is impossible to think and be aware of space at the same time. This is a powerful meditation that you can do anywhere. In the bathroom, (forgive me) while walking, driving, anywhere, anytime. Notice that when you notice space, you become still and spacious yourself.
Like I said, out of roughly 700 attempts, I have only been successful twice
DCameronMauch wrote:Before this period, I had meditated about once a week using the transcendental method I was taught. Just focusing on a specific word/sound that I continuously repeated.
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