Re: Novice Question
- Dear Tab, A real question to ask is if we are in
a trance when we are not meditative. We usually are
spending our time rehashing the past and fantasizing about
the future. Reality takes place now, in the present.
Meditation takes place NOW and gives us the opportunity to
perceive our life as it takes place. We are then and then
only, in reality. Similarly, we usually simply react to
our sense perceptions and our minds chatter
habitually, mindlessly, and without any discrimination
relative to knowing if our reactions will cause us further
suffering or not. Meditation allows us to perceive our
suffering causing reactivity and replace it with serenity
producing actions. This is true Self control and freedom.
Please do not be afraid to meditate, but do it
appropriately. Closing your eyes while driving won't work!
- --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@y..., "Lora_T" <candlelady123@j...>
>I have never meditated ever... i appreciate any help you can giveme.... I am so glad for
> this meditation group...Thanks for starting it.. Lora THi Lora,
I would suggest visitng the website for the meditation society
http://www.meditationsociety.com/. There are lots of techniques
listed there. Try a few different ones until you find one that is
easy to follow. Perhaps the first thing to try is to just sit in a
quiet place, close your eyes, and focus on the sound and feeling of
breath. Just breathe natually. Notice your thoughts, but don't hang
onto them. Just watch them come and go. Watch and listen.
I hope this helps. Meditation can seem difficult when you are first
starting out (and even after you have been doing it a while for that
matter). Just try it and be patient and perserve. The hardest part is
the actual committment to sit down and do it. Just sitting quietly
and watching your breath is more beneficial than you may imagine.