I’ve read a lot (online, admittedly) about it… and I’ve been trying to meditate. Its difficult for me, however, to truely think of… nothing. I know some people that can do it, and I know that nobody is INCAPABLE of meditaiton, but I wanted to get some tips, maybe.
I’m not sure if any of you meditate, but I’m guessing one or two of you do, and so any pointers that you could give me would be helpful. =p
Oh- my motives for meditation? I need to relax, and this has been suggested to me above any other method.
The basics of meditation include a comfortable stance. Any will do: most people think you’ve got to sit in a lotus position, but you can do it while laying on bed or sitting normally on a chair.
Next, you need to control your breathing. It has to be sooth and regular. Search for the word Pranayama on google - these are breathing exercises that help in this part.
When you’ve found your stance and caught up with a good breath, the only thing you have to do is focus your mind into something really specific. A lot of people simply think nothing - erasing all thoughts is the most well known way. But you don’t necessarily have to keep your mind clear. You can fill it with one thing, as long as it keeps you from thinking into anything else and does not change in any way over time. You can focus on a continuous sound, or a dot somewhere, as long as it takes all your focus in it.
If you are into it, you may chant a mantra and focus solely on it. That way you’re doing both an effort on a respiratory exercise and keeping your mind tied to something.
From what I know about mediatation, you’re trying to get into the same state of mind that hypnosis takes place at. There are names for the various levels of brain activity and I believe the level at which meditatation ocurs is called the “alpha state,” but don’t quote me on that.
Someone tried to teach me how to meditate once, and from what I understand, there’s a sort of “barrier” you need to let yourself cross, and instinctively most people back away from it. Once you get across the barrier your first time though, it’s much easier to get back the next. I couldn’t tell you if I’ve ever managed to get into the alpha state or not though, because I honestly haven’t felt any such barrier when I try to meditate.
Anyway, as Ren was saying, you don’t need to focus on “nothing” to meditate. In fact, in trying to get you under hypnosis, a hypnotist will usually tell you something along the lines of “think of a calm, soothing place you’d like to be.” Good examples might be a beach, a forest, your bedroom, etc. Just imagine you’re there and you’re relaxed. Once you’re there, you’ll have a much higher attention span, a clearer focus, and you’ll feel more awake.
Of course, I’ve never actually been able to <em>do</em> any of this, so don’t ask me about my personal experience with meditation. I couldn’t tell you if it’s real or not, but I hope what I do know helps you out at least a little.
Thinking nothing is extremely difficult. I’ve been meditating for a while now but I think my best in nothing- thinking was 10 seconds or less, I don’t know.
Take a few deep breaths and calm down completely. Concentrate on your breath and heartbeat. From that point, you could start trying to think nothing, but it’s still extremely difficult. With a lot of practice it might be possible for a longer amount of time though.
It is believed that meditation helps relaxing and refreshing because when your mind is in a very low load, everything obstructing it goes loose and is purged out. As for how much time you can spend meditating, it takes only practice to get longer times, but I suggest against timing it