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Meditation
« on: May 31, 2014, 09:55:27 PM »
Anybody here doing it? I mean the simplest form where you just sit down still for 20 minutes (no special pose required, just be comfortable), stare at the wall (I usually look at the ceiling because of my pose) and try to non-self-judgmentally clear your mind of all thoughts. It helps me focus during times of greater stress or allows me to just have a clearer mind in general. It's not a magic pill for awesomeness and you really only start seeing the effects after about a week of meditating daily consistently for 20 minutes (and it's gone if you don't keep up the pace), but it's probably the closest thing to a magic pill. The impact of emotions is lessened, anxiety is reduced and you can keep a cool head much easier. Your ability to simply focus onto something is heightened. A lot. It's like a razorsharp sword and being able to just cut through bullshit (one own's and other people's).

Anyway, I just finished a session and in the last minute something totally weird happened. I've had intense experiences a few times already, but this one was different from the ones I've had so far. So, I'm in the 20th minute of meditating and suddenly I stop feeling my body. It feels as if I'm almost floating above my bed and the only thing that is still anchored in my body is my brain. It even felt some sort of strain behind my eyes. Honestly, I was starting to freaking out, but I was able to calm down after a couple of seconds. I know that this is just sleep paralysis and all (I've had a somewhat longer nap of 3+ hours before doing it, possibly affected it), but it was an interesting experience nonetheless. I can understand how somebody could interpret something like this as an "out of body experience" even though it's utter bullcrap. It's just the body going numb.

One of the other intense experiences I've had about a year ago was suddenly flooded with a shitload of euphoria. It was so much that tears just started coming out of my eyes. After that I've felt so fulfilled and calm like never before. I needed absolutely nothing at that point. It lasted for the rest of the evening and was still partly present on the next day. If this was enlightenment, that only means that you can't become "enlightened" and just stay at it. You have to work for it. Just like you can't be in a good mood at all times.
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Re: Meditation
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2014, 04:44:42 AM »
~is witch, does meditate; also believes that OOBE's can happen, but they're not quite like what you described, and much more rare than people seem to think~
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Re: Meditation
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2014, 02:32:54 AM »
Whoa good for you Blizz, those are some strong experiences. I maintain a regular schedule as well or at least try to haha. You're right in that it's not a magic pill, but the soothing effect are a great bonus. I also think its a great tool for introspection and familiarizing yourself with your thought process.

On your thought on enlightenment, I wouldn't myself think that it is enlightenment but rather a miniscule aspect of it. I would however wholeheartedly agree with your notion that "you can't become "enlightened" and just stay at it. You have to work for it."
I would suggest that there is an image that would most accurately describe the "motions" of that state of mind. I don't want to give it away as I suspect you'll stumble upon it eventually.

If you're interested in some of the perspectives on meditation, I would also humbly encourage you to ponder the concept of 'beginner's luck' and what role it could have.

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Re: Meditation
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2014, 08:25:14 AM »
You mean when it works fine until you start thinking about it an micromanaging things and then it all breaks down? While I do agree that overanalyzing and overthinking are a bad thing, there are things that can only be learned with experience so it's not possible to "just skip" the learning process.
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Re: Meditation
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2014, 04:33:53 PM »
I find that is true as well. Obstructive thought processes have their place even if its just to cement in your head a reason that you should grow out of that process.
Needless to say, the breakdown is a natural part and it should be a learning experience.
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Re: Meditation
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2015, 08:55:15 AM »
*topic necrobump*

I've done a streak somewhere in October, but since then I haven't meditated a lot. I've started 2 days ago again and I'm already feeling like the king of the world. xD
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