Practical Meditation and mindfulness


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Practical Meditation and mindfulness

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Dec 27, 2012, 5:10am

I have read a few books on Buddhism and although I have no religious bones in my body, I feel that there may be practical benefits to mediation as practised by Buddhists.

With that in mind, I would like to hear your thoughts on meditation: what it does for you etc (Pros and cons)

Dec 27, 2012, 8:20am

For me, meditation is an attitude. It is also, as one cultivtates the spirit, an effortless reflex. Your Profile makes it plain that you are not religious in the general understanding of the term. That by itself is no obstacle to the meaningful practice of meditation. However, in my observation and experience, too many people reduce meditation to a set of rules or practices, so that it becomes a mechanical process, like changing a head-gasket. Certainly, correct posture and carefull attention to breathing are important, but they are not meditation -- they would indeed be useful to a studio wrestler. Plaese believe me that I am not being coy when I say that philosophers and others can tell you millions of things which meditation is NOT, but they can't tell you what it IS -- and this bugs them. Don't let it bug you. Be open, be still, embrace the uncertainty -- and keep listening. Peace, brother. -- Goddard

May 11, 2013, 5:55am

Meditation is one of those things that's hard to talk about without actually doing it. For me, pros: better focus, concentration, energy and health in general. It can also help with other more in depth contemplative practices later on such as self-inquiry, investigation etc. Cons: none really, apart from having to make time and put in some effort / discipline in keeping it regular. That aside, there's so many forms.. some people do lose the plot and get lost in complicated forms, or thinking they've found the "one right way". Whatever works best for an individual (in terms of observable results) is likely the best way to go.