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?
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]
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?
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?
I'm looking for more information on a meditation method called integrative body–mind training. [more inside]
Do you meditate? What are some specific effects/benefits that you notice? [more inside]
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]
I am looking for guided mindfulness meditation mp3s. [more inside]
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]
Do you attend a meditation center or group in Brooklyn? If so, please tell me about it. [more inside]
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]
I'm looking to create some kind of ritual to help me with meditation/freewriting/"prayer". Any ideas? [more inside]
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]
Should I give Vipassana meditation (a 10 day course) another go? Second time lucky maybe? [more inside]
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]
Help me find a meditation/relaxation CD that won't freak out my conservative Christian grandmother. [more inside]
How can I successfully identify and release my emotions? [more inside]
how can i wake up in the morning without all of life's worries immediately entering my brain? [more inside]
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]
So, MeFi, tell me what you know about mystics... [more inside]
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]
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]
Does anyone have any experience with meditation or simply quieting your mind? [more inside]
Recommendations for books about meditation? [more inside]
Reaching the observing ego has been elusive recently when months ago it wasn't. I'm not pushing for it, just waiting. Even after 45min sit, it is more common to find emptiness. Suggestions?
Seeking guided relaxation / meditation cd's / podcasts. [more inside]
What are some good centring/calming exercises for a massage therapist? I've had a huge shock and need to get myself together before Tuesday. [more inside]
I’m interested in learning more about meditation. I also have ADD and find it impossible to shut off my brain and clear my mind. [more inside]
I feel intense, acute, brief episodes of shame every day, several times a day. What can I do about them? [more inside]
Am I meditating or is this something else? [more inside]
Wondering the title of a movie --- it's been bothering me for years, but I never had the resources to find it.. [more inside]
I´m a week into a monthlong solo walk, and I´m consequently spending a lot of time thinking. I´m looking for some interesting ways to structure this thinking... meditation, thought problems, etc. Any suggestions? [more inside]
What are the differences between Zen and Vipassana meditation? [more inside]
Have you done a workshop with Julia Cameron and/or have you spent time at Kripalu in Western Mass? I'm thinking about signing up for Julia Cameron's Artist's Way Workshop at Kripalu next week, but money is tight and I want to make sure this will be worth the $500. [more inside]
I'm in San Francisco temporarily for work, and looking to take a meditation class or two. I'm looking for something free/cheap, basic, and located in the city. [more inside]
What's a fair rate to charge for booking events for Yoga/Meditation training? [more inside]
What instrument is this? [more inside]
Will meditation help significantly reduce my general level of anxiety? If so, how do I learn how to meditate?
Should I take a meditation class? [more inside]
How do I establish a regular meditation routine? [more inside]
Do you have any recommendations on youth meditation groups in the Bay Area? [more inside]
I'm looking for some sort of meditation class in San Francisco. [more inside]
I'd like to get a zafu and zabuton[?] for meditation, but I'd like to actually sit on a couple to find out what I find comfortable. Where can I try out and buy a zafu and zabuton, in person, in or near Toronto?
What should I wear to meditation? [more inside]
I'm really interested in yoga and meditation. I'm quite new to it all but do I really need to buy a meditation cushion? Can I not just use normal pillows or my bed? What's so special about these meditation cushions?
Can anyone recommend meditation classes in Los Angeles? [more inside]
Anyone here used Dr. Jeffrey Thompson's meditation/"mind system" CDs? [more inside]
Looking for personal retreat/solo vacation ideas, combining meditation, fitness, and relaxation. Could also use some tips on how to plan such a vacay. Any ideas? [more inside]
What different traditions and practices are there which combine meditation and active motion? [more inside]
Are there alternatives to the lotus position for classic meditation that don't leave the back unsupported? I've found that sitting in an unsupported position, or in a chair that doesn't have a seat back, ends up making my back ache rather strongly. I've thought about investigating meditation (and looking into the more classical, early practices), but have wondered if there's a "kosher" (accepted in the discipline) way of doing the more classical meditations while having your back completely supported (by lying on the ground, or doing it in a chair, or what have you).