I want to start meditating. Please give me some tips!?

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I’m a very stressed out college freshman, and I’ve been reading a bit about meditation from my psychology textbook.
The health benefits sounds amazing, and I would really like to start, but where? I downloaded some peaceful songs on my iPod, and I want to borrow some meditation books from my library. But it seems so complicated, there’s Zen Buddhism, Toaism, and other types of mediation, and then some talk about chakras? I’m not even sure what the differences are. Please help!!

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Fireball

LORDS PRAYER Matt 6….use the Bible which can help more cuz Jesus saves.

Smile Jesus Loves You

Read the Scriptures. Then meditate what you have read.

Start the Fed! (Discordia)

Don’t poop your pants; make sure you always go before, because you can get really relaxed and pee on yourself.

Gatica

I asked the same yesterday, you can check my profile, my asked questions, i got some pretty good advice, i’d copy-paste the info but i don’t want to take credit for it

W r y

Have you tried getting down on all fours and whispering the words Holy Holy Holy?

Enso

Meditating isn’t complicated. It’s simple but it takes a long time to learn properly.
Don’t read anything more about it. Also, don’t buy any more meditation music or similar things. Here’s what it is about:
Sit in a position that is comfortable for you and stable. There’s nothing magic about it, you just have to sit upright so you don’t get sleepy. I prefer the half lotos position (google it) but you can meditate just as well in a chair.
Then, think about nothing. That’s it. And it’s way harder than it sounds. All the techniques, guidebooks and music are just to help you with this one thing. Think about nothing. Since your mind can’t concentrate on nothing (yet) you have to concentrate on sth else than your thoughts. Your breath, the sounds around you, a mantra, or a candle work well.
If you realize you’re having a thought, accept it, then push it away. Repeat. In the beginning maybe you can only concentrate for 2 minutes and it’s taxing rather than relaxing.
But with practice, it will get easier and then there’s nothing more relaxing and energizing than JUST SITTING (Zazen) in inner quiet and peace.

The Foreigner

I wrote the article about Breathing Meditation and I’d like to share it with you. I am very confident that this will reduce your stress.
Breathing Meditation (Anapanasati)
(Original 1997, revised Jan 04, May 09)
Introduction
We normally think all day and all night, as soon as we wake up in the morning until we go to bed at night. Even while we are asleep, we continue to think (dream). The thought subjects are countless, one after another, some we are aware of and many we are not. This is called mind wandering or mind roaming. Furthermore, in our daily life, we usually do not focus on what we are doing but instead we think about something else. With all these endless thoughts, our mind is stressful and exhausted.
It is well known that if we concentrate our mind on something that we like (such as listening to the music, watching the movie, etc.), we are happy. When we are happy, our mind is calm, relaxing, and rested.
Meditation uses the same principle to bring about happiness, tranquility and inner peace. The objects of mindfulness can be conventional (music, chant, movie, picture, candle, etc.), or our body and mind (breathing, posture, feeling, greed, anger, etc.). Since we breathe continuously, inhaled and exhaled air is an ideal object to focus our mind on. This is called Breathing Meditation.
Other kinds of meditation
1)Walking meditation: One focuses on the sense of each foot touching the ground while walking (posture).
2)Insight meditation (Vipassana): One observes the rise and fall of body and mind by knowing the condition (Sabhavadhamma) that is happening as it really is.
Benefits from meditation
1)Improve memory and school performance leading to higher grades.
2)Make fewer mistakes while improving the quality, as well as quantity, of work.
3)Face any adverse situations calmly and solve problems at work or in life in prudent ways.
4)Get rid of some, if not all, mind-irritants.
5)Become more patient and have a longer, and happier life.
6)May cure some stress-related illnesses such as headache, hypertension, chronic pain, drug addiction, depression, and attention-deficit disorder.
7)Make others happier at school, home, or workplace.
8)People who gain a high level of mindfulness will achieve supreme satisfaction and may acquire supernatural senses such as the ability to read other people minds.
9)It is the path to the Enlightenment (Nirvana, Nibbana).
Foundations prior to meditation
One is more likely to be successful and to progress at a faster pace in meditation if one possesses the following foundations:
1)Right moral characters: do not kill, do not steal, do not commit adultery, do not lie, and do not use addictive substances.
2)Extension of the loving-kindness to all living beings by wishing them to be happy, without sorrow, and safe from physical harm or revengeful thought. Order of recipients: immediate family, relatives, friends, enemies, and animals.
3)Awareness of five unavoidable events in life: aging, sickness, death, separation from love ones, and Karma. (You reap what you sow.)
4)Stop worrying about the past that cannot be changed or about the future that is unpredictable. Focus instead on the present — that is mindfulness of breathing.
Technique of Breathing Meditation
Duration: 30-60 minutes, at least once a day.
Position: sitting, standing, lying down, walking, driving, etc.
Focus: Follow inhaled air from nose, to chest, to navel, and follow that same air back to chest, and out through nose. Feel the air passing in and out of your nose. Follow the airflow naturally, not too fast, not too slow, and not too forceful. This is one cycle. Try at least 10 cycles without mind wandering, then stop counting and concentrate on only the airflow. If the mind is wandering out to think 100 times, bring it back to focus 100 times. Do not get discouraged. If you continue to have difficulty to focus, try to hold your breath until it does. The mind will eventually listen to you. You will feel as if the air is getting lighter until you no longer feel it. Your mind will be calm, peaceful, and joyful. A useful wisdom will arise at this time.
The benefits are immediate. More practice means more profits. Try Breathing Meditation in every situation that irritates your mind and in daily activities such as walking, driving, waiting, or passing time. If one continues to meditate frequently enough, one will eventually attain the stage of Absorption (Jhana). At this stage, one will stop thinking and experience the greatest tranquility in this lifetime.
Conclusion
When people want to be physically healthy and strong, they exercise. But most of us forget to exercise our mind along with our body. We let it wander to wherever it wants to go. Meditation is the tool to train the mind so it can be strong and healthy. This mind will benefit the owner to the fullest and will also lead the way to realize the Enlightenment.
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I go with Theravada Buddhism.
But meditation is general Buddhist practice to me, and what I say is what I would classify as general Buddhism, not just belonging to Theravada Buddhism:
***************************** PART A ****************************************
There are two ways to meditate:
1) sitting on the floor.
2) sitting on a chair.
For sitting on the floor (1), you can either sit in the lotus posture (go to google.com and search ‘lotus posture’ there), or sit normal cross-legged on the floor.
I cannot sit lotus posture, and sit cross-legged when I sit on the floor.
But this sitting on the floor (1) does not mean I sit on the bare floor. I sit my butt on the edge of a piece of foam thing…, while my crossed legs rest on the floor. I need my butt to be higher than my crossed legs so my spine is easier to hold in an upright posture.
Maybe a lotus posture sitter does not need anything under their butt (meaning, they can sit on the bare floor), but I would not know, because I cannot sit lotus posture. Or maybe lotus posture sitters need something under their butt also. And also, maybe other cross-legged sitters, like me, also need something under their butt, like I do (like I said, I sit on edge part of a foam thing).
As for chair sitting (2), it is easy to keep your back straight. But when sitting for this meditation, do not rest your back on the back of the chair (if the chair has any back rest). …
***************************** PART B ****************************************
No matter if you are sitting on the floor (1), or sitting on a chair (2), the meditation practice is the same:
It is breathing meditation that this Buddhist meditation practice is:
Breathing in, be mindful of the breath.
Breathing out, count ‘1’ (meaning, the number one) in your mind, being mindful of the breath also.
Breathing in the next breath, be mindful of the breath.
Breathing out, count ‘2’ in your mind, being mindful of the breath also.
Breathing in, be mindful of the breath.
Breathing out, count ‘3’ in your mind, being mindful of the breath also.
Breathing in, be mindful of the breath.
Breathing out, count ‘4’ in your mind, being mindful of the breath also.
And so on up to 10.
If at any time you are lost in thinking and forget what number you are on, return to the beginning of the count, by counting the next out-breath as ‘1’, and continue from there (2, 3, etc for each next out-breath). And if at anytime you forget what number you are on again, return to the beginning again.
When you successfully come to the 10th out-breath, then you still return to the beginning and repeat the 1 to 10 out-breath count again. And so on and so on, same thing, 1 to 10 count of out-breaths. That is my version for you and others, of the meditation.
WARNING OF ALL OF WHAT I HAVE WRITTEN ABOVE: use at your own risk. I AM NOT LIABLE TO ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR SELF OR LIFE DUE TO WHAT I WROTE ABOVE.
***************************** PART C ****************************************
Here may be useful search terms on the internet and in the library (the last is the title and author of a book found in the library):
zen
theravada
three pillars of zen kapleau
NOTE: This was originally posted by me as an answer, at:http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AuRiJwsWh9ioUQid1rCE1swjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20091008220958AACdlFR

Mia

Meditation is holistic relaxation excercises.
Since civilized societies began to emerge, meditation has evolved into a structured practice. Although there is not a lot of recorded information dealing with the history of meditation, its roots can be traced back to ancient times.
Some meditation experts suggest thinking of your mind as a glass of muddy water and meditation helps bring clarity. Many forms of meditation result in the clearing of one’s mind.
More on Meditation – http://www.religious-beliefs.com/meditation.htm

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