(04-23-2011 09:11 PM)cobrastyle Wrote: Hey guys,
has anyone here started meditating regurlarly and seen some effects on his life or game??
I've been doing meditation for about 3-4 months now. I used to do it 2x a day 20 min. each time. Now, I usually do it one time for 20 minutes.
The couple of benefits I could list from meditation...
1. Gaining an awareness of your mind.
The more you meditate, the stronger the relationship you have with your mind. It's very easy for me to see the patterns of thoughts that I'm having when I meditate, and seeing literally what's on my mind. I also realized how my mind is like in different states and situations and how to adjust myself accordingly.
2. More mental stability.
You're more centered. It's easier to see your thoughts as something arising, so it's easier for you to not let them affect you as much as they usually can.
3. Comfort and peace.
If you visualize yourself meditating inward, you can feel very calm and relaxed. Especially if you apply this with a good diet and exercise. You can feel your body relaxing as your brain is taking a vacation so to speak. I don't care as much about other people's opinions as a result because I feel more inward, and comfortable in my own skin.
4. Increased intuition and mental abilities.
I make better decisions. My concentrational abilities have gone up. I feel like I have more of an ability to subconsciously or consciously direct my subconscious, so if I want something to happen, things tend to align in the right way. This is getting into new-agey territory, but it's interesting.
Meditation I think is a very interesting and deep practice. I've only really skimmed the surface. For practical purposes, I think it's really useful for people who might think too much, or let their heads mess them up (e.g. say negative things about themselves, hold on to limiting beliefs, etc.). It allows you to kind of shutup your brain, or not let the thoughts get to you too much. That's as long as it's a situation where you're not just lying to yourself.
I think there's a lot of misconceptions about meditation. There's also a lot of different ways to meditate. You might need a teacher, actually! Because if you're doing it the wrong way, you're probably just wasting your time. Also, you have to be commited to it. You have to try it out at least for 1 month and not miss a day. Otherwise, you're just wasting your time.
My way is that I sit comfortably, close my eyes, and say a special word I learned from a teacher. Then I say it again after 2 minutes, and then say it again after another 2 minutes. I let any thoughts good or bad flow through me, and only say my special word if my mind is attached to the thought. Then at the end, I say a chant.
If you have any questions, maybe I can answer them.