Introduce me to meditation properly
March 5, 2012 11:40 AM Subscribe
I'm curious about meditating, but I don't really know where to begin. Further, I hear there are different types of meditation out there. Is there a difference between the effect of each type?
posted by mccarty.tim to Health & Fitness (26 answers total) 129 users marked this as a favorite
I've been exercising and working on the discipline to take care of myself lately, and I've started to notice a trend of people on NPR who work in neurology speaking positively of meditation. I'm not religious and not really looking to learn meditation for spiritual gain*, but I do like the idea of improving my mind and energy/relaxation. If meditation could help me be more productive or feel healthier, I would definitely like to pursue it.
How do I go about starting meditation? I did it way back as a middle schooler in karate, but I always found myself getting bored or sleepy, which I recall isn't an appropriate response to proper meditation.
If I could achieve one thing from meditation, I'd particularly like to be more awake/mindful. I used to drink a lot of caffeine, but now my doctor wants me to stop entirely, and I find myself being less mentally agile and less enthusiastic about things because my energy is down, and sometimes I take an afternoon nap. I've been prescribed Adderall in the past, and it works similar to caffeine for me, but I'm a bit reluctant to use it because I find it keeps me awake at night, and there is a bit of a history of prescription stimulant abuse in my family.
*No disrespect to anyone who is.