What meditation/relaxation techniques work best for you?

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C-Unit

I do Yoga and meditate at the end, which is really relaxing and sorts me out.
I find also Paul McKennas CD’s are very good, I listen to them before I go to sleep.

SockSpider.com

Prayer works the best.

Ian :-)

Gin & Tonic does it for me.
One a night after the kids have gone to bed.

robbief1999

It takes about five minutes and involves you relaxing every part of your body while breathing deeply. It’s like having your batteries recharged when you open your eyes.

MyName

Remeron and a glass of wine before bed 🙂

CHRIS S

meditation lie in a quiet spot and think of a white light above you and try and wipe all other thoughts from your mind

sleepycaz

If I cant relax enough to sleep then I use this technique.
Lie in bed, on your back, tighten the muscles in your feet and ankles, hold for 4 seconds then let go and allow to flop, then repeat all the way up the body, in sections, up to the head and neck, once all muscles have been released you will sink into the mattress and sleep. It costs nothing!

donp

The whole aim of meditation is,
1. to calm your mind, and
2. to focus the mind on one thing.
For this you need only a silent place. You could sit on a chair or you could sit on the ground with folded legs.
The mind of a normal person is like an uncontrolled monkey jumping from one thought to another. To process all these thoughts a lot of body energy is used. Thus if your mind cease to process thoughts you will be saving a lot of body energy which can be used to cure a lot of ailments in your body. That is why a person who continues to meditate regularly even gets a nice body complexion.
Anapana or concentration on the breath is the best form of meditation.
If you sit down and close your eyes you will notice that your mind is jumping from one thought to another. Even though you want to concentrate on your breath you will find other thoughts also coming in between.
In learning to meditate you must first learn to calm your mind. You do this by following every thought that comes into you mind. You must be like a Manager of a Hotel who stands at the entrance and observes the customers coming in. Without getting attached to the thoughts try to observe them. You will find that a thought comes in and that it goes nowhere and another thought follows it – try following that too – with same results. This way you will find that your thoughts gradually subside. Do not try to force out your thoughts.
Of course do not expect results in one or two days. Practise it for at least 40 minutes every day for at least 2 months you find that you have ‘killed’ your train of thoughts. I have practised for nearly 2 years and still vagrant thoughts come in.
Thereafter start concentrating on your breath. Notice the breath coming in and going out. You should not concentrate only on the tip of your nose. Notice the breath coming in and thereafter your lungs getting filled and then gradually exhaling the breath.
After you finish that for the day start to think of a person or several persons whom you hate most. Having those people in mind start to think in a compassionate manner “may he be healthy, may he be happy, may he go up in life, may he live long”. Keep on doing this for about 10 minutes a day for a few months you will find that you do not get angry even when you have to get angry.
You should be able to get some guidance from the following sites,
1. http://www.dhamma.org/vipassan.htm/
2. http://www.meditationexpert.com/ and click on the free articles on yoga meditation – it includes articles on all types of meditations including Christian and Muslim meditation.

mark

Depends alot on the person, and what your actually trying to achieve. I have found that a mantra works best for me. It doesn’t have to have any particular religious meaning, but can if you want. I repeat over and over again the word ‘calming’ (from a book called the calm technique-cant remember the author).
The idea is that if distracting thoughts occur(which they will), you just gently let them go without concentrating or being disturbed by them. Part of this is done by, simply-and gently-bringing your mind back to your mantra, so that in the end your entire consciousness is filled with this word repeating over, and over again. Strangely-I guess a paradox-the repeating of a word, or single phrase, works at quietening the mind, and when good at it results in completely stilling the mind(Ive only achieved this briefly). So that its no longer effected by the 99.9% of rubbish that runs through our heads. I guess the big advantages of meditation in general, is that it teaches you to manage intrusive and disturbing thoughts and emotions. Thinking about them I have found(and there is different opinions on this), only results in energising them, and directing blood flow etc to their neurological pathway. It would appear better to starve them, and let them go, rather than fight them, and concentrate on them.
Hope this helps.

junkmonkey1983

I personally like the Buddhist style meditation. There’s a great website that tells you more about it and tells you a load of different meditations, as well as giving links to audio tracks to guide you through and CDs to buy. You can even do online courses in meditation. On top of telling you about meditation it also helps you get in the right posture.
My favourites for relaxing are the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana (LovingKindness) meditations.
The website is http://www.wildmind.org
I love burning Nag Champa Agarbatti incense as I meditate, the smell is gorgeous, and so relaxing.

CHICANALAW

FIRST auricular therapy. and then a massage to relax and talk with god and let everything , worries , anger . go!!!

scubababe

Find a Reiki Practitioner near you and either receive a healing session or do Reiki 1 Course, great for relaxing and healing yourself.

David W

Sit in a comfortable position, with a straight spine, and the eyes either closed, or out of focus.
This is a good one to teach our mind to concentrate, called the twenty-four second meditation. It involves picturing numbers made up of dots as shown on large digital displays. We commence by picturing the digits 24. When we can clearly visualise each dot which makes each of the two digits two and four, then we move to 23, and 22. The concentration on the dots helps to eliminate other thoughts from the mind, and with a little practice over a few days, we are able to move from 24 down through all the digits to 0. If another thought enters our mind during this process, then we must start again. This is why it takes a few days before we are able to succeed Once we can succeed then we are achieving an alpha state of mind, which is relaxed, and free of the linear thought process. This is the state of mind required for deep meditation, which we discuss later.
http://dgwa1.fortunecity.com/mind/fastrack119.html

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