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#209353 - 11/30/05 06:00 PM Re: How do you Meditate properly? [Re: Aka_Ryu]
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That would not be correct meditation, according to the Ch'an/Zen school. In meditating, the goal is to end mentation by not clinging to thoughts that arise. If there is something you want to think about, you should recognize that there is a thought there, but then forget it. The solving of all problems comes ultimately not from using the rational mind to think about them, but through the recognition that there are really no problems.
Meditation should develop the ability to use the intuition, which is connected with the "universal mind". This occurs by simply being. Not trying to do anything, not trying to not do anything. It is listening and seeing and feeling, but not making any judgements about what is heard and seen and felt. The intuition leads one to the understanding that there is no self and no others, there is no seperation between any things at all. That is where the answers to all questions are.

Physically, a good way to start meditating is to simply focus on breathing. sit in a comfortable position. (or not so comfortable, like lotus posture, if you want to challenge yourself.) Breath in through the nose and out through the mouth, and take slow deep breaths, not shallow. Try not to close the eyes all the way, as that can bring on sleepiness, keep slightly open if not all the way open. Focus on a single point a few feet in front of you. Posture should be upright, back straight. arms relaxed, resting the hands on your lap. Place the left hand inside the right hand, and touch the thumbs together lightly.
Focus on the breath going in and out, through your body. Thoughts will come up, but just let them go past. If you find yourself thinking something to yourself, following a thought path, just come back. Whatever thoughts come up, let them go, just always bring yourself back to the breath. When you hear sounds, thoughts will arise. They just pass by, and are gone. Don't linger on anything, always come back to the center, to the breath.

There are many ways to meditate, but this is a simple way that is used in Zen. The essential thing to remember is not to cling to anything, just to Be. Always departing, always returning.

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#209354 - 12/01/05 06:17 AM Re: How do you Meditate properly? [Re: phoenixsflame]
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But, something interesting I wanted to point out about some Zen Schools of meditation. They put more emphasis on the exhalation of breath, than the inhalation. Not clearing out the lungs completely, but not rushing to fill them up again either. Its very interesting.




One possible point to this is that it gives the focus on breathing a quality of "waiting", which is akin to the quality of the peaceful mind.

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#209355 - 12/01/05 12:18 PM Re: How do you Meditate properly? [Re: nenipp]
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But, something interesting I wanted to point out about some Zen Schools of meditation. They put more emphasis on the exhalation of breath, than the inhalation. Not clearing out the lungs completely, but not rushing to fill them up again either. Its very interesting.




One possible point to this is that it gives the focus on breathing a quality of "waiting", which is akin to the quality of the peaceful mind.




I agree. I think when people rush to inhale they're missing the moment they are in. I also think it may defeat the relaxation process of it... Yet, if one holds their breath to long the tense up. Its a very delicate balance.
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