There is no magic “list” for what to do when beginning the process of sitting, so, here’s a list anyway.
Books I’ve read say to keep the back as straight as comfortably possible, but I think the act of sitting is enough. The rising of the diaphragm, the belly expanding, the skin right below the nose (feeling cool and warm air as you breathe in and out).
We do this not because we are trying to shove thoughts out of the way, but, arriving at a gentle point where thought is not the main focus. We’re looking for the peace, an equanimity (big word of the day) that comes with sitting with all of these thoughts and choosing to do nothing.
Also, the visions some people tend to have when their eyes are closed are so random, and detailed, it may be of benefit to keep the eyes open.
Anyway, ten months later—I guess it could be said that the mere fact that I sit still in one place during busy days and meditate for 45 minutes is a feat. We have to find the middle way between these two words, where we can live and enjoy life and the moments that we might otherwise miss if we hadn’t decided to live more openly.
I have not long started meditation ( by not long I mean I have only been doing it for about 2months) and I try and do some every day, the mind wanders, the thoughts come in, they go, I count my breath, in and out etc etc, I watch the thoughts come and go and sometimes I try and chase them to see where they might end up and then I return to the breath. Thanks Marco, I am just beginning to explore my own meditation practice and I really appreciate the way you described the process and experience.
In fact, a few years ago, I would have completely scoffed at the idea and written it off as being new-agey mumbo jumbo. It wasn’t until very recently that I finally decided to actually give it an honest try, and I am finally beginning to see huge results. While I have never considered myself a religious person, I have always felt that spirituality plays an important part of my life. My main source of therapy at the time was Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is highly focused in teaching mindfulness. I can’t say that I really took away anything from that experience as far as meditation goes, but I can say that it served as a nice escape for me once a week. 5 years later, and I once again find myself needed to satisfy that spiritual gap in my life. My life is so incredibly busy that I initially thought it would be impossible for me to find time in my day to meditate. So every day after I leave the radio station and before I head to my afternoon job, I turn everything off and get into a comfortable position with my feet on the floor and my hands in my lap. Everyday, when my 15 minutes is up, I feel a little more relax and in tune with what’s going on inside of me.
If you’re interested in starting up your own practice, here are some references that helped me a lot. Mindfulness : An 8 Week Plan Finding Peace in a Frantic World-Mark Williams and Danny Penman.
I always thought meditation was spiritual, foofy stuff, and I wasn’t terribly interested, but I finally tried it (because another blogger recommended it, of course!) and I found some definite benefits. I started it because I was just to the point where I needed something to work and figured I’d give it a try since many people I know swear by it. It really helps me clear my mind, especially after a rough day or having to deal with a lot of negativity.
Sometimes you just have to stay silent because no words can explain what’s going on in your mind and heart. Subscribe to Daily Inspirational QuoteEnter your email address to subscribe and receive daily quotes by email.
A good general way to begin meditation as a lay Buddhist is to decide and commit to doing it. If sitting on the floor, use a pillow, cushion, or a combination of the two to support your rear and improve your posture.
As breathing becomes more stable, thoughts will begin to force their way into the front of the mind. As difficult as it is, try to continue maintaining the breathing and allow these thoughts to enter your mind, but try to avoid permitting them to dwell there. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the Buddha did not achieve Enlightenment the first time he sat to meditate. Talking about Buddhist meditiation is not something that can be clearly explained or taught in a mere article, but I attempted to answer a request for meditation articles from a reader.
Leggings you can wear during Spring and SummerThe legging is one of the most comfortable and versatile styles you can wear this Spring and Summer. In ancient Greece, the signs of the greek zodiac were identified with twelve groups of stars (constellations) which we can see in the night sky at different times during the year. Starting with Aries (the ram) in spring and following the year around through summer, fall and winter to Pisces (the fishes), the stories of the greek zodiac's twelve signs explain how each group of stars found its way into the heavens. Aries is the first sign of the greek zodiac, marking the beginning of spring and the start of a new cycle of life.
The next sign of the greek zodiac is the constellation of Taurus (bull), associated with the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur. According to myth, Theseus volunteered to be one of the youths from Athens who would be offered as food to the horrible monster Minotaur (half man, half bull) who stayed in Crete, in the labyrinth. Click here to read all the details of the deadly encounter between Theseus and the Minotaur. The constellation of the greek zodiac known as Cancer (Crab), is linked with the second labor of the mighty hero Hercules, when he was assigned by Eurystheus to kill Lerna Hydra, a horrible water snake with a hundred heads. As the story goes, in the midst of Hercules' struggle, Hera, who was the hero's worst enemy, ordered a giant crab to go and help the Hydra by digging its claws into Hercules' foot. Hera, being grateful for its support and in recognition of its attempt to help her, honored the crab by placing its image among the stars, as the constellation of Cancer. Leo, the fifth constellation of the greek zodiac, is linked with Hercules' very first labor, the capture of the Nemean Lion. The constellation of Virgo is associated with the story of Demeter and her daughter Persephone. The stars that form the golden scales of Libra lie halfway around the band of the greek zodiac, between Virgo and Scorpio. The constellation of Sagittarius (the archer),depicts a creature called centaur, which has the body and head of a man and the hindquarters of a horse. As the myth goes, Cheiron was destined to suffer a gruesome death: When Hercules was returning home to Tiryns after killing the Erymanthian Boar, he had a violent encounter with some drunken centaurs, which he managed to drive away near the place where Cheiron lived. By accident, however, one of the poisonous arrows that Hercules used to defend himself from his attackers, went astray and hit his old teacher.
He was in such an agony, that Zeus himself felt sorry for the poor centaur and permitted him to give up his divine status and give it to Prometheus, the creator of the human race. The constellation of the greek zodiac by the name of Capricorn, is as strange as that of Sagittarius. As the story goes, when Rhea gave birth to baby Zeus, she feared that her cruel husband Cronus would devour her child, just as he did with the previous ones that she gave birth to.


So, she secretly took her child to Crete, where he was safely kept in a cave on Mount Dicte. Zeus's golden cradle was hung high upon a tree so that Cronus would never find him in Heaven or Earth, or even in the ocean.
When Zeus later became the lord of the universe, he did not forget his goat-mother, Amaltheia, who had nursed him so lovingly. Finally, in recognition of all she had done for him, she set her image among the rest of stars on the greek zodiac, as the constellation of Capricorn. Zeus, who was especially fond of beautiful people, was totally infatuated with Ganymedes's external appearance. The position was considered to be highly distinguished, since the person who was assigned the duty of the cupbearer, was responsible for pouring into the glasses of the olympians the divine drink called nectar.
The image of the two fish swimming in different directions make the constellation of Pisces.Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, was thought to be the source of inspiration for this particular constellation being set in the stars.
After Zeus had fought his father, Cronus, he defeated the race of the giants, who were the children of Gaia, the mother earth. In revenge for the destruction of her children, Gaia gave birth to a horrible monster, called Typhon.
Let loose by his mother Gaia, Typhon thundered towards the Olympian home of the gods, declaring war on all of them.
Lastly, the goddess Aphrodite and her son Eros, dived deep into the ocean and took the shape of twin fish. When the fierce monster was finally captured by Zeus and all of the olympians were transformed back to their original form, Aphrodite, being grateful to the fish who had lended their form to her and her son when they were in distress, put up their image on the night sky.
What makes me the right person to sit down with her and explain to her the benefits and gifts that being mindful can bring? I don’t find the middle path, I haven’t thought before I’ve acted and rarely have I ever not not let my emotions completely overtake me.
Sit down with your back straight—ideally there isn’t a slouch in the spine (but there is in mine every time).
One could also count the breath starting at 1 (for both the in and out breath) and continuing to 10, starting over every time you lose track. Just return to the breath, don’t judge yourself, don’t say “I can’t do this, I should stop.” That is a continued creation of the mind. He has performed a great deal in Cincinnati (thanks in part to the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati) and throughout the country. Good genes, plenty of exercise, and eating right should help, but you might also want to sit down, close your eyes, and breathe properly to meditate. I had a vague understanding before but this certainly helps to validate that I was leaning in the right direction. I had just begun outpatient treatment for my eating disorder, and I was so completely lost.
At the time, I needed to turn somewhere, and a Buddhist meditation Center seemed a good place to start. My therapist had also suggested yoga, and I was beginning to experience how pleasant it was to pay attention to my body and let my brain take a break from thinking about life. I wasn’t open about my treatment at the time, so I mostly kept this part of my life a secret as well. I really tried to clear my mind and follow along with the guide, but mostly I was just thinking about how cool it was that I had this private little secret all to myself. I can barely find time in my day to prepare meals and eat-but I really wanted to give it an honest shot.
Everyday I focus on my body for ten-fifteen minutes and try my best to turn my attention to my breath. The first ten guided meditations are free, and I just sprung for the paid version because I love it so much. I took a yoga class when I was in India and it helped me cope with the stress of culture shock. I think even just taking 30 minutes out of my day when I’m not doing anything is really helping. Yesterday there was a lot of yard work going on outside which made my dogs go crazy which made me crazy. I don’t’ know much about Trancendental meditation but now I want to learn more! With practice, the meditation sessions can become longer, but to reduce frustration and maintain the desire to continue practicing, it is recommended to try several short meditation sessions and gradually increase; just as one would with an exercise routine. Some people can meditate with their eyes open, or partly open, and this is fine as well, but many lay-Buddhists need to close their eyes to reduce the urge to look at the clock, turn toward a noise, become irritated at the dust in the corner, or a million other distractions. This is the same experience the Buddha had as he began meditating before reaching Enlightenment. They were also associated with one of the four elements - Earth, Air, Fire and Water - and behind each one of them lies a fascinating story.
The story of Aries is linked with the myth of the Golden Ram, which saved two kids, a brother and a sister, from being sacrificed in order to appease the gods.
But, when he was there and with the help of Ariadne, the legendary hero managed to kill the beast and thus relieve his city Athens from the terrible punishment imposed by the Cretan king Minos. According to the myth, Hercules finally managed to kill the beast by strangling it to death. For the ancient Greeks, the story of Demeter and Persephone helped to explain why the seasons change.Click here to learn all about the myth of Persephone. The story of the scorpion is connected with different versions of stories that involve the mighty hunter Orion - a hero who is represented by another familiar group of stars.Orion was said to be the tallest and the most handsome man of the then known world.
Cheiron, being semi-divine, would not die, having to suffer an excrutiating pain, because of the poison. So, Cheiron finally was let to die, relieved from the intolerable pain that was inflicted on him from the wound. He took one of her horns and turned it into the horn of plenty, which is always filled with whatever delicious food or drink its owner may wish for, and is never empty. The young prince was the most exquisite and handsome youth that ever lived, and was adored and admired by both gods and mortals.
Thinking it would be appropriate for so handsome a mortal as Ganymede to live with the gods, the mighty god disguised himself as an enormous eagle. So, he decided that Ganymede should be given the special honor of being his personal cupbearer.
So, he honored him by giving him a prominent position on the greek zodiac, as the constellation of Aquarius. Once we learn to embrace ourselves just as we are, we unlock our greatest potential for success in this life. He found his way to meditation, and mindfulness through study, research, and the desire to change.
I decided a couple of years ago to just do it and be present without all the effort and addiction.


People are discovering that meditation practice can take you inside for an out-of-the-world experience.
I didn’t know how to explain to my friends that I was suddenly interested in spending my Sunday mornings chanting barefoot with a bunch of strangers. Everyday I become more and more aware of my thoughts, and it is becoming easier to just let them be without judgment. I am getting better at dealing with uncomfortable emotions and the little surprises that life unexpectedly hands me. It even has guided meditations and a plan to stick to that is not overwhelming and easy to stick to.
Also (the big question here haha), do you have any tips on “clearing your mind,” so to speak? As far as clearing your mind goes, I’ve had pretty good success with guided meditations that either focus on your breathing or focus on the sounds around you. I tried it for couple months, even went to couple of meetups but it was so dang hard for me to empty my head.
I’m at the stage where I love doing research on it, want to try a meditation center, and am making the perfect meditation space in my place.
I like the idea as using a mantra as an anchor and I hope you do write about your experience.
Additionally, it is a good idea to turn off the TV, radio, mute or turn off cell phones and computers – anything that could suddenly shock you out of your meditation practice. Alternatively, sit on a chair, preferably close to the front of the seat so as to allow a straight-back posture. Mental images of his home in his father’s palace and of his wife and infant son flooded his mind. If you continue your efforts, the intrusive thoughts will become less of a distraction, gradually. As a matter of fact, the word itself, "zodiac", comes from a greek word meaning "the circle of animals" - "animals" referring to all living creatures.
Click here to read all about the fascinating story of Jason, the argonauts and the great hardships they had to endure while trying to bring the golden fleece of the ram back to Greece.Once Jason had completed his mission, Zeus put the ram's golden fleece up in the skies, where it appears till today as the constellation of Aries. Actually, they were not twins in the ordinary sense, since they had different fathers.Their story starts when Zeus, king of the gods, wanted to have an affair with Leda, the lovely queen of Sparta. The scales are a symbol of balance and equity.More specifically, the scales were considered to be the symbol of Dike, meaning Justice, who was a minor goddess of the Underworld.
He was taught by god Apollo and goddess Artemis, and from them he learned both wisdom and spirituality. She was a goat nymph, and she looked after baby Zeus with the greatest love and devotion, feeding him on her own rich milk and sweet lavender-scented honey. From the thighs down he was a mass of coiled snakes, while his arms were so long that when he spread them out he reached a hundred leagues each way. Astrologer Eric Hughes expertly guides you to your inner flame via your astrology birth chart. You mind is going to wonder no matter what, the key is to just recognize that it wondered, and gently go back to focusing on breathing. I know I should probably start doing it outside in nature now that the weather has finally warmed up.
It may take several moments for breathing to relax, which is also another common source of frustration in Westerner’s efforts at meditation. As did desires for pleasure, power, things he did not have at the moment; the things he renounced when he began his journey.
They may not disappear completely, but improving your ability to be aware of everything around you, distractions and non-distractions alike, is the goal, at least for now. And indeed,with the exception of Libra, each one of the myths is associated with living beings, either animals or humans. He was then quite protected from his enemies, as the skin could not be penetrated from any known weapon of the time whether made of iron, bronze or stone.After its death, the famous lion was put on the sky by Zeus, to become the constellation of Leo. The fact that the ancient greeks gave Libra a prominent place in the sky, signifies that they considered justice, equity and balance in general, to be the moral cornerstones of an ideal way of living. Among the most famous of his students were Hercules, and Jason, who later became the leader of the argonauts. Effort was an enemy to me in the process because it unintentionally created it's own form identity.
Sometimes I count to ten, placing the number at the beginning of the breath and that keeps me focused.
They’ve done a lot of studies on it, and the impact on brain waves which is really cool! Every serious thought the Buddha had he felt was overshadowed by these intrusive, distracting thoughts. A member of Taiheiji, a Soto-Zen Temple in Hawaii, Sasha credits Buddhism with helping her live a fuller, happier life. The scorpion was set up on the sky by Gaia to mark her victory, while goddess Artemis, who had loved Orion, placed his image on the sky as well, forming his own constellation.
I know for me, my eating disorder had such a way of making me feel all alone, and it has really helped to just have widened my group of support.
Until you start meditating on mindfulness you cannot begin to imagine the change that takes place in you! The other egg opened up to reveal another girl and boy, Clytemnestra (who later became the wife of Agamemenon, the military leader of the Greeks in the Trojan War) and Castor. These were the mortal children of king Tyndareus, the legitimate husband of Leda.Despite the fact that one brother was divine and the other mortal, the twins Castor and Pollux grew to be inseparable. Orion loved them all at first sight and began to chase after them.The sisters, however, were terrified and cried out to Zeus to save them. Zeus heard their pleas and helped them by turning them first into doves, so they could fly away from Orion, and then into the seven stars which are now called Pleiades.
According to myth, Orion was stung by the scorpion as a punishment for chasing the seven sisters.
Pollux was particularly good at boxing, while Castor was renowned for his skill and daring on horseback.
Zeus decided that the constellations of Orion and the Pleiades were arranged in the heavens, so that it seemed that Orion was in constant pursuit of the seven sisters, without ever becoming successful, just as the Scorpio seems always to be chasing Orion, without ever touching him. When Jason was recruiting the Argonauts to join him in his quest of the Golden Fleece, the Dioscuri eagerly accepted the invitation.
Zeus was so touched by the twin's love and affection for his brother, that he arranged for them to be together again. They could divide their time between the heavens and the Underworld, spending one day high up in Olympus and the next day beneath the earth, in the realm of Hades.In further recognition of their brotherly love, he set their images among the stars as the constellation of Gemini, so that they would never be again separated.



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