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What is the best resource to learn meditation?

Looking to start meditating. Don’t want to take a class just yet. Would like to learn and do on my own for 10 minutes a day.
Thanks!

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  1. I’m a nurse and there are so many Cd’s/tapes out there for this very subject. You can also get some valuable information on the Internet regarding this. Try meditation.com take care and all the best.

  2. That depends on what kind of meditation your want to explore. There are many different kinds of meditation: chanting, prayer, mantra, contemplation, concentration, breathing, yoga etc. Which one are you going to learn?

  3. The art of meditation is the art of sitting, watching and listening. Meditation is easy to learn when you’re first starting. Sit quietly and comfortably in a chair. Turn on some nature sounds, or just have quiet. Then, you begin to listen. You hear the sounds of the traffic outside your window, the wind chimes as they ring outside your door. You notice the hum of your computer, or the sound of the music playing softly on the stereo. You listen to your breathing, following the breath as it goes into your lungs then leaves your lungs. Be aware of the sound of silence around you. At this point you should also become aware of thoughts that randomly run through your mind, just notice these and let them go. Don’t hold on to any sound, thought or feeling. Be a spectator and watch it all go by like a parade. Feel yourself slip into a place of peace. Sit there in the peace, let it permeate your being. When you feel connected, you can take a deep breath and return to awareness.
    The main thing about meditation is to work your way from the farthest sound to the nearest sound. Don’t start with the sounds that are in the room, but the ones that are outside, then inside, then even closer to you, your breath, then your thoughts, until you finally find your center and you are no longer aware of the sounds outside or inside of yourself, there is only the Silence.
    There are also guided imagery tapes that take you on a journey as you meditate, helping you to find answers to the questions that you are having difficulty with. This is a beginning. Hope it helps.

  4. I posted a zen brochure I wrote to my blog on Yahoo 360 January 8th.
    You can learn actualism meditation at http://www.actualism.org.
    There are other sites that teach zen and vipissana meditation online. You should be able to find them via google or any search engine.

  5. An excellent book to learn How To meditate from is: “Mindfulness in Plain
    English” By: Bhante Henepola Gunaratana.
    If money is tight, buy it later {it is such an excellent book), and go to this site below which teaches meditation, step by step:
    http://www.buddhanet.net/insight.htm
    Thank You for giving me the opportunity to provide an answer to your excellent question. Have a great week, and wkend.

  6. there are many many kinds of meditation. i’m doing pure concentration meditation, designed to quieten and clear the mind so that i can use it to look deeply, to see what’s going on in my mind, and develop mindfulness & insgight. its a difficult form of meditation @ the beginning, but it’s well worth becoming competent in. it forms an ideal foundation for further practice in the future, and it’s also very conducive to a happy, stable life in the present.
    choose a suitable place in your home where you can practice meditation uninterrupted. it needs to be quiet, not too bright, and out of sight of other people.
    once you found the spot, find a good firm cushion, so that you can sit cross-legged, having something to cushion your ankle.
    to start, sit down on your cushion, sitting towards the front of it so that your body is sloped very slightly forward. experience will show you the optimum position. fold your legs so that your knees & ankles are touching the floor. the important thing is to have a good straight back & reasonably comfortable legs, so that your pgysicaly energy isn’t blocked. place your 2 hands in your lap, palms up, one on top of the other.
    once sitting there, wriggle a little bit to find an effortlessly comfortable position for your back & arms. you don’t want to feel tension anywhere. then you can begin.
    take a breath, hold it for a moment, then let it out gently. pause for a moment, then take the next breath. again hold it for a moment, and let it out again. do this for 10 breaths. once you’ve got the rhythmn, start to count your breaths. a breath is a complete cycle– in, hold, out, hold- and most meditators find it better to count towards the end of a cycle rather than @ the beginning. in other words, you are counting complete breaths. simply count 1 to 10 in this way. when you’ve reached 10, start again. if your mind wanders and you lost the count, start again from one.
    do this for 10mins @ a time for a week or so. when you are ready, increase your sitting time to 20mins. you can do it anytime, but most people do it regularly @ the beginning of the day & @ the end of the day.
    this is all there is to it, and @ first you’ll wonder why on earth you are doing it. your mind will wander, you’ll probably feel twitchy, and you’ll be bored. but persevere. ther’s absolutely nothing better than this for calming the mind & opening mental doors that you never knew were there.
    what comes after this? once you’ve got to a stage where you can follow your breaths effortlessly, so that you can say, 10-20mins, and not lose count even once, you’ll be ready for the next stage. in this, you start to observe the contents of your mind. you’ll still be using the method of following your breaths, but now, beacause of the concentration you’ve already developed, you’ll be able to add in a new activity. it’s not possible to do this until you’ve gained control of your mind.

  7. You are your best resource. Don’t get caught up in all the hype surrounding the process, posture and procedure of meditating. The Tibetan word “phonetically: gom” means familiarization. So, in this sense, you could meditate while driving your car or riding on the bus. It is the development of this concentration of taking a subject or topic as the object of observation that is meditation. Take it slow. Taking breath as the object of observation is an excellent way to calm the busy-ness of the mind.

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