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I decided some time ago to look into meditation.

I figured I’d need awhile to research different methods - Indian, Chinese, whoever else - the advantages and disadvantages of each - apparently sitting styles vary - and so on. I did already have one book on-hand however

Zen Meditation in Plain English by John Daishin Buksbazen
so, I read it, tried what he said to try and now, I can hardly imagine starting my day without either the meditation or the simple stretch exercises which aid a stiff body getting into position. Of course, this book is Zen and the author wants far more from me than I’m willing to give. There is no Zen Center in my future, no teacher to guide me to The Way. I’m not looking for enlightenment, I’m just looking for one more (lower-case) way into a better life.

Am I able to get into the full-lotus? OHMYGOD no, at least not for more then a minute. But the half-lotus I am and now I work toward fullness. And toward a complete half hour of meditation, not my current 15 minutes, daily. Do I still grab a cup of coffee first thing when I'm done? Yes...yes I do. For me, it's all about baby steps and I can already see, after only a short time, a difference in myself, a shift in mind state, maybe an easing off of some nervous energy, some tension. Something. I really don't know.

I was going to wait longer to post about this, I wanted to have more time gone by so it would seem more likely something I would maintain but I've decided to go ahead anyway. If anyone else does meditate, I would like to know what you do and how that works for you. There’s always room, I assume, for fine-tuning.

And actually, I do think that reading

Allen Ginsberg: A Biography by Barry Miles
did have something to do with this. I had an interest but this book, since Ginsberg so believed in meditation, convinced me that there was no time like the present to give it a try.

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lastglances
Feb. 11th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
this reminds me that i need to get my ass in gear regarding yoga.
gaeln
Feb. 12th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
I do not know yoga, but since both you and Pat have mentioned it, it's probably something I should look into. Right now, just doing the stretches, and feeling the results, is very cool. Have you been doing yoga long?
lastglances
Feb. 12th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
i haven't been doing yoga at all. my mat and book have been sitting in my room waiting for my homework to vanish so i can concentrate on them for a bit.
positive_pat
Feb. 11th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
OMG you will really enjoy it. I meditate and do yoga everyday as well as walking. I do other exercise too but nothing is more relaxing than meditation and yoga. It speaks to your soul.

Just take your time slowly to get use to it. It really will benifit you. :)

Have Fun & Enjoy!!!!

Hugs
Pat
gaeln
Feb. 12th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
could this be the secret to all your energy and enthusiasm? If so, I'm most definitely keeping with this. Thanks for letting me know you're involved. Maybe yoga next after I'm more used to where I'm at now.
arwensong
Feb. 12th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
Good for you! I think that's wonderful! I can't even get into a half nelson much less than a half lotus.

My husband meditates when he runs. Whatever works for you. Keep us posted on how it goes--you're inspiring!
gaeln
Feb. 12th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
thank you so much for the sweet words, I certainly will keep you informed. maybe now I'll need to make me one of those meditation icons, I like yours. I should look so good
arwensong
Feb. 12th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
Mine is by fire_sister she has awesome icons for all occasions at her my_icon_lj
gaeln
Feb. 15th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
thanks for the info, can always use more
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