Monday, 04 April 2011 22:32

Really Is a Guided Meditation

Yikes! We finally fixed step nine in our “Dare to Meditate” ten step guide to meditation.

There are three mp3 files you can either play in your browser or download and play on your mp3 player of choice. First there is a guided posture audio file. Then there is one on meditating while watching the breath and another on meditating using a physical object. You can use these last two as guided meditations, they help you through the first 5 minutes and then the rest is up to you!

Get them here. And staaaaart meditating.

Published in Meditation Blog
Thursday, 31 March 2011 00:08

What Meditation Really Is During the Day

I try my best to do at least two sessions of meditation every day. I start in the morning before my new IPAD 2, email, the news, wife and even my “no I am not addicted” life giving cup of joe begin to stake claim to my day.  I usually do another one just before dinner, while there is still enough life left in me that my practice doesn’t become merely an exercise in sleeping while sitting upright.

But what about rest of the day in between? Now we even have studies that say living in the present makes you a happy jack and happy nuns outlive grumpy ones and we aren’t even going to mention the ultimate goal of complete ENLIGHTENMENT! For years, as my session ended, I left my cushion and then my meditation right there next to it. But I started to think that as I go about my day, I should be able to recall the sense of presence, the nowness  free of my normal inner tape loop, the state of non-distraction that I discovered through meditation. Even while Andy Fraser watches soccer.

In the beginning I had to be satisfied with simply remembering to remember even though i didn’t actually remember anything. But by continuing to exercise the meditation muscle both on and off the cushion, more and more of the time I found i could have glimpses of the state of non-distraction, pure naked nowness, totally freakin’ aware of the present moment...That’s definitely really amazingly cool. I just remember how it feels, or think “meditation” and most of the time it just comes.  At least when I remember to remember.

Published in Meditation Blog
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 02:00

The SMART Way to Successful Meditation

In business, people who take the time to establish clearly defined goals, write them down, and periodically evaluate their progress are far more successful than those who do not.

The same holds true in meditation.  If you don't know which mountain you want to climb in your meditation, you probably won't get to the top.

The mnemonic SMART is often used in project management, performance management, and personal development as a framework for goal setting.  While there's no agreed upon consensus for the meaning of each letter, following is one of the common interpretations and how you can apply this to establish or strengthen your meditation practice.

Published in Meditation Blog
Sunday, 09 January 2011 14:15

9 Angeleitete Meditation

Da du jetzt mit der grundlegenden Meditationshaltung vertraut bist und auch mit den Methoden, in denen man sich auf den Atem oder ein Objekt konzentriert, kommt nun eine einfache angeleitete Meditation, der du folgen kannst.

Du kannst dir dies so oft anhören wie du möchtest und wenn es dir hilft, kannst du es auch in deiner täglichen Meditationspraxis verwenden.

Download Name Play Size Length
download The Posture
WhatMeditationReallyis.com

1.4 MB 2:32 min
download Watching the Breath
WhatMeditationReallyis.com

2.7 MB 4:57 min
download Watching an Object
WhatMeditationReallyis.com

2.8 MB 5:17 min

Download der Dateien: Rechtsklick auf die grünen Pfeile (bei Mac auch Strg +Klick)

 

Noch Fragen?

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Mache nun weiter mit dem letzten Schritt: Meditation im täglichen Leben




Published in Wage es zu meditieren
Saturday, 08 January 2011 14:47

3 Your first meditation session

As the Tibetan teacher Mingyur Rinpoche explains, when you meditate, you are giving your mind a job—and gradually, as the mind becomes more and more familiar with its job, a natural and powerful transformation occurs.

 

Now it’s time to try meditation for yourself.

To get used to the experience of being in the present moment, begin by sitting for five minutes.

Just sit comfortably, your body still, breathing naturally.

Let your thoughts come and go, without trying to hold on to them or follow after them.

Try not to have too much hope or expectation about what you might experience or achieve.

You can start now...

Five minutes a day

Give this a try for a few days, with one five-minute session each day.

Then, as you get more used to meditation, you can gradually increase the length of each session, or sit more than once each day.

If you find it useful, after a session you can note down what you have found easy or challenging, plus any insights you have about your meditation practice.

Meditation Experiences

When people begin to meditate, they often say that their thoughts are running riot, and have become wilder than ever before.

This is a good sign.

Far from meaning that your thoughts have become wilder, it shows that you have become quieter, and you are finally aware of just how noisy your thoughts have always been.

It’s said that at the beginning, thoughts will arrive one on top of another, uninterrupted, like a steep mountain waterfall.

Gradually, as you perfect meditation, thoughts become like the water in a deep, narrow gorge.

Then they become like a great river, slowly winding its way down to the sea.

Finally, the mind becomes like a still and placid ocean, ruffled by only the occasional ripple or wave.

The fifth stage is that of perfect stability, which is described as an oil lamp not blown by the wind, resting bright and clear, unmoved by anything.

So meditation is a gradual process.

Any questions?

If you want to ask any questions, or share your experiences and insights, you can visit our forum at any time

Now move on to step 4: getting to know your mind

Published in Dare to Meditate
Monday, 03 January 2011 10:59

3 Deine erste Meditationssitzung

Wie der tibetische Lehrer Mingyur Rinpoche erklärt, gibst du deinem Geist etwas zu tun, wenn du meditierst – und allmählich, während der Geist mit dieser Aufgabe immer vertrauter wird, geschieht eine natürliche und kraftvolle Verwandlung.

 


 

Jetzt kannst du die Meditation einmal selbst ausprobieren.

Um dich daran zu gewöhnen, im gegenwärtigen Moment zu bleiben, beginne damit, fünf Minuten zu sitzen.

Sitze einfach bequem, dein Körper bleibt ruhig. Atme ganz natürlich.

Lass deine Gedanken kommen und gehen, ohne zu versuchen, sie festzuhalten oder sie weiterzuverfolgen.

Versuche, nicht zu viele Hoffnungen oder Erwartungen darüber zu haben, was du möglicherweise erfahren oder erreichen wirst.

Du kannst jetzt beginnen …

Fünf Minuten pro Tag

Versuche ein paar Tage lang, fünf Minuten pro Tag zu sitzen.

Wenn du dich dann ein wenig an die Meditation gewöhnt hast, kannst du die Sitzungen allmählich länger machen oder öfter als einmal pro Tag meditieren.

Wenn es dir hilfreich erscheint, kannst du dir nach der Sitzung notieren, was dir leicht oder schwer gefallen ist, sowie eventuelle Einsichten über deine Meditationspraxis.

Meditationserfahrungen

Wenn Menschen anfangen zu meditieren, sagen sie oft, dass ihre Gedanken verrückt spielen und heftiger geworden sind als je zuvor.

Das ist ein gutes Zeichen.

Es bedeutet keineswegs, dass deine Gedanken mehr geworden sind, sondern es zeigt vielmehr, dass du ruhiger geworden bist und dass dir endlich bewusst wird, wie laut deine Gedanken sind.

Wie es heißt, wird anfangs ein Gedanke dem anderen folgen, ununterbrochen, wie Wasser, das einen steilen Wasserfall im Gebirge hinabprasselt.

Wenn deine Meditation allmählich vollkommener wird, werden deine Gedanken wie Wasser in einer tiefen, engen Schlucht.

Danach werden sie einem breiten Fluss gleichen, der sich langsam zum Meer windet.

Schließlich wird dein Geist wie ein ruhiger und beschaulicher Ozean sein, der nur von vereinzelten Wogen oder Wellen gekräuselt wird.

Die fünfte Stufe der Meditation besitzt vollkommene Stabilität. Sie wird mit einer Öllampe verglichen, die keinem Windzug ausgesetzt ist und hell, klar und unbewegt bleibt.

Meditation ist also ein stufenweiser Prozess.

 

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Mache nun weiter mit dem 4. Schritt: Deinen Geist kennenlernen

Published in Wage es zu meditieren
Sunday, 02 January 2011 11:26

9 Guided meditation

Now that you’re familiar with the basic meditation posture, as well as the methods of watching the breath and focusing on an object, here’s a simple guided meditation that you can follow.

You can listen to this as many times as you want, and if you find it helpful, you can use it as part of your daily meditation practice.

Download Name Play Size Length
download The Posture
WhatMeditationReallyis.com

1.4 MB 2:32 min
download Watching the Breath
WhatMeditationReallyis.com

2.7 MB 4:57 min
download Watching an Object
WhatMeditationReallyis.com

2.8 MB 5:17 min

To download the file right click (control click on a Mac) the green arrows

 

Any questions?

If you want to ask any questions, or share your experiences and insights, you can visit our forum at any time

Now move on to
the final step: meditation in everyday life



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