meditation

Nov. 16th, 2014 08:06 pm
minxy: Teal'c raises a hand to say "hey". (Default)
[personal profile] minxy
Has anyone tried meditation in my flist? I have recently tried Headspace and found it... transformative. I got interested as a result of this article on LifeHacker and my husband telling me my sleeping habits have changed.

Am I the only one who's had this experience?

Date: 2014-11-17 05:03 am (UTC)
sdani: tea (tea)
From: [personal profile] sdani
No you're not alone.. I don't do it regularly enough, but about an hour before bed I will turn all the lights off except maybe a candle or two, have some quiet instrumental music and maybe some essential oils in my diffuser and breath deeply. Sometimes I also take the time to say some prayers for people in my life. I find that every time I actually make the time to do it, even for just a half hour, I sleep way better. I've had sleeping issues for years now, so I am trying to make this part of my daily nighttime schedule. I've not ever seen the program you mentioned, but anything I think that helps you go in that direction more is a good thing.

Date: 2014-11-17 06:25 am (UTC)
sdani: tea (tea)
From: [personal profile] sdani
I have a couple of cd's of similar guided meditations, and use them for when I'm starting to get panic attacks from stress. Doesn't happen often, but sometimes things pile up on me and my crap-o-meter overflows. I think really it's kind of something we oughta be doing to maintain mental health anyway, dontcha think? I'm glad that you've discovered these, I'm sure you'll find yourself more able to relax, and more able to be creative in life.

Date: 2014-11-17 10:15 am (UTC)
rydra_wong: A woman (yoga teacher Jess Glenny) lies on the floor in a reclining twist. (yoga -- twist)
From: [personal profile] rydra_wong
I can't do formal mindfulness-style meditation as my brain tends to use it as an opportunity to eat itself, but I dearly love this yoga nidra (basically a body scan meditation) mp3:

http://norah.dreamwidth.org/437364.html (free, fan-edited, yay)

ETA: Also -- yay, glad it's working for you! This stuff is fascinating, isn't it?
Edited Date: 2014-11-17 10:16 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-11-17 03:30 pm (UTC)
handypolymath: (number one)
From: [personal profile] handypolymath
Thank you for pointing this out.

Date: 2014-11-17 12:44 pm (UTC)
princessofgeeks: (Default)
From: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
Yes, I've tried it. Not through that website, though. In real life.

Would love to talk more.

Date: 2014-11-17 03:28 pm (UTC)
handypolymath: (lieutenant)
From: [personal profile] handypolymath
I have dabbled, and found it quite useful. I pretty much reprogrammed my stress response in a terrible job situation by doing guided relaxation on the break room sofa. I also have found chanting a mantra with mala beads gives the midwinter anxiety hamsters something to do that actually creates a physical calm after a while, even when I do it silently in my head.

It is hard to find resources if you're open to methods for brain hacking but get indigestion from too much woo. All hail Stupid Consciousness Tricks!

Date: 2014-11-18 12:47 am (UTC)
stultiloquentia: Campbells condensed primordial soup (Default)
From: [personal profile] stultiloquentia
Oh, cool, I was just reading about that in this month's Scientific American. Here's a neat video.

I haven't done any kind of meditation in years, unless you count mindfully kneading bread, but this makes me want to investigate it a bit.

Date: 2014-11-18 08:45 pm (UTC)
abyssinia: Sam Carter's first view of Earth from space and the words "all my dreams" (Default)
From: [personal profile] abyssinia
Hmmmm, given my mental state and current shitty sleeping (things here are GODAWFUL - I got your email months ago and appreciated it muchly and was terrible about not responding - just distracted trying to get the fuck out of here), I may have to try this. I'm especially intrigued by your description of it being pragmatic since yoga-style meditation has never been for me.

Also, I'm so excited about your news of hopefully greener (ocean-er?) pastures!

Date: 2014-11-20 09:48 am (UTC)
rydra_wong: A woman (yoga teacher Jess Glenny) lies on the floor in a reclining twist. (yoga -- twist)
From: [personal profile] rydra_wong
For pragmatic-ness and lack of woo, I especially rec:

http://norah.dreamwidth.org/437364.html

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