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  • What are alternatives to mindfulness of breathing meditation?

    Question by M: What are alternatives to mindfulness of breathing meditation?
    I have been practicing meditation sporadically for several years, and in recent months have been motivated to practice more deeply and consistently. However, when I try to observe the breath – I find I stop breathing! I can’t simply be with the breath without exerting control, and I inevitably experience sensations of claustrophobia/suffocation. Could someone suggest an alternative method? Thanks.

    Best answer:

    Answer by Lisa
    What you are experiencing is not unusual, and there is no reason to try and avoid it. If you can’t be with the breath without exerting control, then notice you are exerting control at that very second, do your best to let it release, and go back to the breath. If you again notice you are exerting control, again, try to release and go back to the breath. If you experience sensations of claustrophobia or suffocation, then notice them, and go back to the breath. If you experience extremely negative emotional states based on this sense of claustrophobia or suffocation, then notice that. None of these things will last forever. If you try to avoid them, all that will happen is they will find other ways to come back again and again.

    In other words, the alternative method is to go right into the experience you are really having.

    The other thing I would highly recommend, if you have not already done so, is to go on a meditation retreat (ten days or longer if you can) with an experienced teacher in the type of mediation you are most interested in. It is very wise to have someone to guide you when you experience very unpleasant mindstates. Everyone experiences such things, of course, but the mind can get very tricky with them, so it is excellent, if you can, to have a guide.

    I hope this helps!

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  • How to Use Writing as a Meditation Practice

    How to Use Writing as a Meditation Practice
    Writing can be a powerful meditation practice, helping us to integrate our active mind with the mind of meditation. By using it as a process of inquiry, it can help us track our progress in loosening attachments and habitual states of mind even as it …
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    Meditation Moments: Benefits of day-to-day mantram repetition
    The second point in the eight point program of “Passage Meditation” is the repetition of a mantram practiced whenever possible throughout the day or night. In the eight point program of “Passage Meditation,” the use of a mantram is distinct from …
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    Loving-Kindness Meditation and Change
    One increasingly popular form of meditation is loving-kindness meditation (LKM), the practice of wishing oneself and others to be happy, content and at ease. In the yoga tradition, loving-kindness is seen as an opportunity to “cultivate the opposite.”.
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  • Meeting your Spirit Guide(s) – Guided Meditation

    A meditation like this helped me to connect with my spirit guides. Those who are looking for the connection I hope this helps you to meet your guide(s) or at…

  • Meditation provides healthy break from electronics-filled world

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    Meditation provides healthy break from electronics-filled world
    Bombarded as we are with information, stimulation and constant interruptions, it comes as no surprise that attention deficit disorder, or ADD, is becoming more of an adult malady than a childhood one. A quiet, focused mental state is not only unusual …
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    A Transformative Day of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation
    “You have to understand the process of healing in the Age of Aquarius. What will give the healing is the flow of your soul energy.” — Yogi Bhajan. I facilitate a monthly women’s group and decided to do a Kundalini yoga and meditation gathering with 22 …
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    Orgasmic Meditation is the Latest Relaxation Trend
    According to research by psychobiologist Kim Wallen, one in 10 women never achieve orgasm. That’s a horrifying fact! Fortunately, some women, like former playmate Karen Lorre, who can achieve 11 orgasms daily, have found help through the practice of …
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  • Meditation may help reduce smoking, study says

    Meditation may help reduce smoking, study says
    Half the subjects learned a form of meditation called integrative body-mind training, or IBMT, practicing for five hours over a two-week period. IBMT involves relaxing the whole body and remaining “crisply focused on the present moment,” said …
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    London’s best meditation apps
    Highly recommended by the NY Times and Yoga Journal, the step-by-step guide to serenity allows you to customise your meditation from a choice of tranquil options and varying session lengths. Available for iPhone and iPad, 69p. 2. Calm — Meditation and …
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  • What are alternatives to mindfullness of breathing meditation?

    Question by M: What are alternatives to mindfullness of breathing meditation?
    I have been practicing meditation sporadically for several years, and in recent months have been motivated to practice more deeply and consistently. However when I try to observe the breath – I find I stop breathing! I can’t simply be with the breath without exerting conrol, and I inevitably experience sensations of claustrophobia/suffocation. Could someone suggest an alternative method? Thanks.

    Best answer:

    Answer by William Blowfly
    Walking meditation, where you concentrate on every aspect of each step. I prefer breathing meditation but it is an alternative

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