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Help me to observe myself asking this question

I want to learn about mindfulness, to be more mindful. Also known as witnessing or distancing. The ability to be both within and outside a given situation, not to be overwhelmed but to have a part of your mind observe yourself and others all the time. I think this is what very expensive education can teach you. [more inside]
posted by slimeline on Nov 26, 2011 - 19 answers

Recommendations for meditation mp3s, CDs, etc. for chilling out during pregnancy?

Recommendations for meditation mp3s, CDs, etc. for chilling out during pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2011 - 17 answers

What small rituals make you grateful?

What are your favorite rituals or good luck tics? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday on Aug 20, 2011 - 19 answers

Meditation for a high-need kid

I'm looking for a very specific kind of therapy/mindfulness training for my kid. I'm in the SF Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Recommend a body-scan relaxation meditation?

Recommend a body-scan relaxation meditation? [more inside]
posted by lemonade on Aug 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Looking for information about intermediate/advanced meditation practice

Looking for information about intermediate/advanced meditation practice. [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey on Jul 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Books for the anxious gal?

I'm an anxious gal who finds that reading books about anxiety, self-compassion, mindfulness and meditation really helps me set a plan for what to do and how to get better. But there are so many of these books, I don't know where to start. What books would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jun 26, 2011 - 20 answers

Creating a space for meditation.

Yoga and therapy combined with the mindfulness meditation my therapist has been teaching me are already doing wonders for my mental health. Now I'd like to create a neat little space in my home that's dedicated to daily meditation. Do you have a space like this? What works for you? I'm seeking ideas. [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on Jun 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Best zafu?

Best zafu for daily meditation? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Jun 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Do you know a good meditation class in Edinburgh?

Do you know a good beginner meditation class in Edinburgh? [more inside]
posted by 6am on May 31, 2011 - 3 answers

Yoga, what is it good for?

How much do yoga and meditation help for anxiety? Is it time for more serious help or is this worth a shot? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on May 22, 2011 - 29 answers

Help me make the most of my solo retreat!

Next week, I'm taking 3 days away from family and work to relax, recharge and (hopefully) reprogram myself. Please help me make the most of it! [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on May 13, 2011 - 12 answers

Looking for a meditation radio show

Looking for a meditation radio show [more inside]
posted by freakazoid on Apr 26, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I sort out the many different types of meditation? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Apr 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Meditation Freakout

You are not my therapist but maybe you know about meditation? I'm back into my mindful meditation routine and I'm fairly new at it. The last three sittings I've had have brought up intense tears and a body sensation that screams RUN AWAY which usually causes me to stop that session as it is too intense. Of course I'll bring this up with my therapist but that appointment is a wee ways off. Is this common? Something I should be afraid of? Something I should stop meditating because of? Why would this occur? How do I get thru the intense panic and return to the breath?
posted by kanata on Apr 10, 2011 - 15 answers

What's the best meditation timer app out there?

Teach me about meditation timer apps for my iPhone. [more inside]
posted by Fuego on Mar 11, 2011 - 4 answers

Let's Light this Candle (Screensaver)

Looking for a realistic-looking candle screensaver to accompany yoga/meditative practice. [more inside]
posted by dreamphone on Mar 6, 2011 - 4 answers

How to sit without sitting

In Buddhist traditions that emphasize sitting meditation (thinking about Zen here, but curious about others too) how are people who are physically unable to maintain proper sitting posture expected/advised to meditate? I was curious in particular about those who had been disabled in some way (paralysis etc) and in historical answers to the question.
posted by StrikeTheViol on Mar 3, 2011 - 18 answers

How would you build a Zen Art Deco book harem?

Ton of books + unused corner in totally sweet loft = book harem! I'd like to put together a space for up to 4 people to hang out, read, write, meditate, or generally just relax. Help me design & accessorize it! [more inside]
posted by susoka on Feb 28, 2011 - 14 answers

What is this "treposa" really called?

"Dan, one of my patients, attended a retreat where he engaged in treposa, a meditation procedure in which two people hold hands for several minutes, lock gazes, meditate deeply upon one another, and then repeat the process with new partners." The author of this passage seems to have gotten the name of this meditation practice wrong. Does it actually exist at all? [more inside]
posted by CutaneousRabbit on Feb 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Looking for a Group

My wife is looking for a group to join in San Francisco with some particular characteristics. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by SamFrancisco on Feb 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Why can't I meditate?

Why can't I meditate? What do I just not get about meditation? [more inside]
posted by tr45vbyt on Feb 8, 2011 - 36 answers

Comes over one an absolute necessity to move

Recommendations for somewhere within a two-hour plane or train trip of London (not including time to get to LHR, LGW, LCY, KGX, etc.) for a three-day personal retreat. Ideally, self-catering or B&B. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by nickrussell on Feb 2, 2011 - 4 answers

meditating in glasgow

meditation in glasgow [more inside]
posted by spyke23 on Jan 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Buddhism resources in West LA?

Can you suggest Buddhist resources - churches, sanghas, gompas, meditation groups, communities - in the Los Angeles Area? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Jan 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Identify this book!

Identify this Y.A. Sci-fi book from the 1980's - a boy learns how to meditate his way to flying. [more inside]
posted by dadici on Jan 19, 2011 - 4 answers

The Last Picture Show

I just completed a ten-day Vipassana course and was able to undo knots I never expected to work and feel very much renewed to work for justice and compassion. I am continuing the practice and can now sit for about 1.25 hours without voluntarily reacting to sensations in and on my body. Recently, I have begun experiencing very intense talking in my head. Not "Me" talking, but more like visualizing being spoken to about a whole range of subjects I had never thought of. It is almost like watching a boring documentary, about milk production for example. If you practice Vipassana or other meditation, did you experience this and how long did you take to break out of it?
posted by parmanparman on Jan 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Meditation technique

I am seeking advice on meditation technique. Up to this point, I have only been able to meditate through motion, ie running, yoga. I have never been able to meditate in the classic, sitting still sense, until now. I've got a start on it and want to develop this as much as possible. [more inside]
posted by allelopath on Dec 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Meditation music for someone who hates meditation music?

My girlfriend has recently gotten into listening to soothing music while meditating... but not too recently. She only has one disc by "The Relaxation Specialists," and she plays it ad nauseum. Looking for suggestions for other discs or artists that are modern, not full of too many panflutes, or Enya-esque harpies. Meditation music for someone not usually into meditation music. Suggestions?
posted by Unsomnambulist on Dec 20, 2010 - 22 answers

Help tame The Monkey Mind!

I've come to the conclusion that the root of unhappiness/strife, etc. is what goes on inside my own noodle. In addition to meditation (and, with apologies, excluding western religion) how to tame The Monkey Mind? How to better control the quality of one's thoughts?
posted by gb77 on Dec 16, 2010 - 16 answers

Meditation technique that escapes my grasp.

I'm looking for more information on a meditation method called integrative body–mind training. [more inside]
posted by 517 on Nov 7, 2010 - 2 answers

What has meditation done for you?

Do you meditate? What are some specific effects/benefits that you notice? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Oct 15, 2010 - 20 answers

How to best use a period of solitude to heal

I'm hurting after a breakup, and am lucky enough to be leaving tomorrow for just over two weeks on Salt Spring Island. For about half that time, I will be alone and mostly isolated. How can I best use this period of solitude to reflect, refresh and heal myself? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Oct 4, 2010 - 20 answers

I am looking for guided meditation mp3s.

I am looking for guided mindfulness meditation mp3s. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Oct 3, 2010 - 12 answers

How to welcome my honey back from 10 days of silent meditation?

My honey is returning home from a ten-day silent meditation retreat on Sunday. In all of my excitement to welcome him home, should I be wary of ruining his vibe? Looking for some metafilter insight into reentry from these retreats, and how they would have liked to have been welcomed home. [more inside]
posted by Lisitasan on Sep 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Meditation in Brooklyn

Do you attend a meditation center or group in Brooklyn? If so, please tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by game warden to the events rhino on Aug 26, 2010 - 2 answers

What is the "Inner Life Intensive" workshop like at Kripalu Yoga Center?

Has anyone ever taken the "Inner Quest Intensive" 3-day course at Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox, MA? I'm thinking about doing it and would like to hear what others' experiences were like. Specifically, what did you actually do during the time there -- how were the days structured, what kinds of practices did you experience? [more inside]
posted by parsley7 on Aug 23, 2010 - 4 answers

Creating a ritual to help me focus my thoughts

I'm looking to create some kind of ritual to help me with meditation/freewriting/"prayer". Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jul 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Can you ID this meditation?

I can't believe I'm asking this. I went to a "oneness blessing" meditation group yesterday and they played a 40-minute meditation that I would like to track down. [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Jul 2, 2010 - 1 answer

Should I try Vipassana again if it wasn't beneficial the first time?

Should I give Vipassana meditation (a 10 day course) another go? Second time lucky maybe? [more inside]
posted by Elysum on May 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Anti-depressants and the quest for Zen

How do chemicals (alcohol and anti-depressant medication) impact meditation? I am wondering if taking anti-depressants would impacts one's ability to meditate? I know dreams are impacted by taking anti-depressants, so does that mean that vivid dreaming (under the influence of seritonin re-uptake inhibitors) has no spiritual meaning whatsoever? (obviously those who believe in lucid dreaming should address this question). Please shed some light (even if just anecdotally) on the impact of taking these medications on one's ability to still the mind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2010 - 13 answers

Zen for Conservative Christians

Help me find a meditation/relaxation CD that won't freak out my conservative Christian grandmother. [more inside]
posted by ukdanae on Apr 9, 2010 - 15 answers

How can I successfully identify and release my emotions?

How can I successfully identify and release my emotions? [more inside]
posted by fan_of_all_things_small on Apr 6, 2010 - 16 answers

waking up stressed.

how can i wake up in the morning without all of life's worries immediately entering my brain? [more inside]
posted by sucre on Mar 7, 2010 - 24 answers

What was this childhood meditation tape from the 80's?

Help ID this childhood meditation cassette tape from the mid-80's. Side A was "be a bird' and side B was "be a ball". [more inside]
posted by pants on Feb 19, 2010 - 7 answers

What is the "inner light" you speak of?

So, MeFi, tell me what you know about mystics... [more inside]
posted by Truthiness on Feb 10, 2010 - 24 answers

Hello, Dharma

Any MeFites attend the SF Insight meditations at the Unitarian church on Franklin? Or any Dharma Punx here? Anyone have experience with a more strictly zen sangha in the city? [more inside]
posted by muscat on Feb 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Bleeding at will?

Is it possible to control or move your period by thinking about it in the right way, or through any other sort of mental control? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Jan 13, 2010 - 44 answers

Meditation

Does anyone have any experience with meditation or simply quieting your mind? [more inside]
posted by Garden on Dec 14, 2009 - 23 answers

Tell me your favorite books on meditation!

Recommendations for books about meditation? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Dec 4, 2009 - 14 answers

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