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I am interested in meditation, where can I find out more?

Hello R&S, this may be my first serious question on this board. I am an atheist interesting in a the relaxing effects of meditation. I am looking for a good source (preferably online or free) to learn about the practice.

Thanks for any and all help!

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I think this site is what you looking for:

Zsolt H
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There is a lot of information on meditation on the net, and huge library of tapes, books, and other resources.
Before you start I would recommend the following short interview clip on a kabbalistic view on internal observation by Michael Laitman:
http://bigthink.com/ideas/michael-laitman-explains-internal-observation
I hope you find it interesting, all the best.

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Yes, for free the local library will have lots of books on the subject. But basically, you sit or recline comfortably, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Don’t try to change it, just notice it. When you find your mind wandering off, just bring it back to your breath. Do this for no more than 5 minutes at a time to start off; like exercise you must work your way up to longer sessions. As you discipline your mind to be quiet by focusing on the breath, you can later introduce a mantra, a single image, or a… Read more »

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if all else fails try breathing in the nose out the mouth, 7 seconds or so apart, whatever is comfortable and what ever body position you chose. Stop thinking, silence the mind, focus on the breathing, and listen for the silence.

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Hmmm…well, I understand that you’re an atheist, but just from my experience I’ve learned that to get the full effects of meditation it’s good to connect with the spiritual side of it. You don’t have to be religioius about it or anything, just a little whimsical. Personally, I meditate through chakra clearing. There’s a ton of info on this practice online, and Doreen Virtue has some books and tapes on it. At least give it a shot, and if it doesn’t work for you, that’s totally fine. I think it’s worth a try though, because I know for me, it’s… Read more »

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I recommend audio books for learning meditation if you are not going to seek out a teacher. Pema Chodron has a nice one for beginners aptly titled “How to Meditate”. She has a wonderfully animated presentation that is never boring or difficult to follow.