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289Re: Fw: Meditation Expereince

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Apr 9, 2002
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      Dear Tony,
      One reply was in message # 277. Here's the URL
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/meditationsocietyofamerica/message/277
      And thanks for posting and reposting it. Very good stuff!!!

      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@y..., tosime@s... wrote:
      > I have been having problems with my email so I am not sure if this
      message
      > reached the group or if there was a reply.
      >
      > My apologies if this is a repost.
      >
      > ...Tony
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "Tony Osime" <tosime@s...>
      > To: <meditationsocietyofamerica@y...>
      > Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2002 11:19 PM
      > Subject: Meditation Expereince
      >
      >
      > > Hi Everyone,
      > >
      > > Thanks for your excellent advice. This has been a big help to me,
      > especially
      > > the Hu chant.
      > >
      > > I think I should have mentioned that I practiced an inner sounds
      > meditation
      > > technique where I used ear plugs and listened to my inner sounds.
      I think
      > > this approach contributed to my "sound current" experience.
      > >
      > > I suspended my meditation because I felt I was subtly expecting
      too much
      > > from the practice and this was influencing my sessions. My sense
      is that
      > > meditation helps a natural process unfold. However, if you push
      too hard,
      > > expecting enlightenment or higher levels of consciousness, this
      disturbs
      > the
      > > process and you can get stuck in some corner.
      > >
      > > I found myself experimenting a lot. While I had some success and
      gained
      > some
      > > insights I felt overall, I was doing more harm than good. An
      example of
      > one
      > > of my techniques is to focus on the most subtle sound out of all
      the
      > sounds
      > > I can hear. This produced an effect similar to going through a
      door into
      > > another room. In this room of subtler sounds I would repeat the
      process
      > and
      > > go deeper still. I found this to be an excellent way to go deeper
      and
      > deeper
      > > into my meditation. But is this where one should go? Are you not
      moving
      > too
      > > fast? My sense is that by relaxing and letting your inner self
      take
      > control,
      > > it will lead you in the right direction at the right pace.
      > >
      > > I had the feeling that aiming for the sensations of bliss, while
      pleasant,
      > > could be limiting. I could not be sure if the feelings would take
      me
      > further
      > > or if they were a diversion - like a pretty scene on a journey. By
      > > suspending my meditation, I can start on a fresh slate and be more
      open to
      > > different directions. One point though is that I felt the feelings
      of
      > bliss
      > > were healthy, that is they contributed to my improved physical and
      mental
      > > health and helped me cope with the stress of day to day living. My
      > personal
      > > explanation of the sounds and the feelings of bliss is that I
      opened up
      > one
      > > of my glands that produces endorphins. I appear to have made more
      > conscious
      > > a normally subconscious process.
      > >
      > > Thank you again for your insights. I welcome additional comments.
      > >
      > > ...Tony
      > >
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