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Do you learn and practice meditation?

How do you practice meditation? For example: when do you usually meditate and for how long, how do you prevent yourself from falling asleep, etc….I’m also wondering what’s the effect on you? Does it help you to achieve higher level of consciousness?
Thank you very much! =)
I am only interested in real Buddhism meditation practice. Thanks.
Tommy please don’t promote falungong here. I am VERY clear about what i am seeking.

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  1. I meditate each morning for fifteen minutes Itt calms me down for the day to come. It is a learning process with others first or by CD

  2. I practice meditation but not on a regular basis: just as soon as I can. It is very beneficial to fall asleep during meditation. It means that you let go of control and during this sleep, your subconscious mind may be very active. Meditation helps me to take distance from the everyday life and understand many things which otherwise would be hidden from me. It helps me to fend for myself. It helps me to find solutions. It helps me to put things into perspective. when my husband drives the car on long distances, I close my eyes and I meditate. Otherwise, I sit down comfortably, if I am alone, and I close my eyes and I meditate: what comes to my mind, I observe and sometimes analyze. Sometimes I just imagine that the surplus of thoughts and ideas are just leaving my brain, relieving me. It works. About the breathing, concentration on the breathing, I do that only when I have a headache.

  3. I meditate as part of the Falun Gong practice. If I have time, the full exercise session takes 2 hours and I usually make it on Sunday morning in a public park with other folks. If I’m busy, I may exercise for a few minutes. To prevent from sleeping during the meditation, I would keep my eyelids open. Frequent reading the scripture also helps alot. The meditation alone helps me to relax, but the whole Falun Gong practice helps to raise my body immunity, promote spiritual development toward Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance, improve moral standard and conduct, identify and give up bad habits and thinking, opening up wisdom, body purification, karma transformation, as to gain Enlightenment.
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  4. I prefer just focusing on breath.
    Usually sit for 30 to 45 minutes, mornings or mid-day.
    From experience, I’ve noticed I never nod off during those periods when am successfully maintaining focus on breath.
    The times I start to nod off are when I haven’t yet become consciously aware I’ve drifted away from my breath, and my mind has become engaged/seduced into following a chain of thought.
    To be clear, I don’t nod off every time I lose focus.
    Believe me, some days thoughts keep carrying me away, and I am wide awake the whole time… so perhaps just has to do with how much rest I got the night before.
    If I seem to be repeatedly struggling overcoming sleep (which again, is really about maintaining focus), I get up and try again later.
    I’ve read and agree, it is better to have a short, high quality meditation, rather than a long, poor quality sitting.
    As far as effect, it would be dramatic (but untrue) to say meditation has a huge impact on me.
    I am aware of no higher level of consciousness (for myself anyway; your mileage may vary).
    Just a very pleasing mental rest, in a way very different from sleep.
    Namaste’,
    dwb

  5. Meditation is the process of experiencing the silence within.
    You can try some of the free full length guided meditations offered by
    http://www.clicktomeditate.com
    The Meditation in this site relate to nature and are not specific to a specific religion.
    This site is simple to Navigate and need no personal information. It is a work in progress.

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