Meditation's Effect on You?

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  1. Stealthy

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    I can imagine. If you suffer from sleep apnea then a Doctor should be your first port of call. If by "Teachers" you mean your Wing Chun teachers then perhaps what they are trying to bring your attention to is something other than the over excited headspace you indulge in.

    "Forgetting to breathe" in that sense does not mean forgetting to actually breathe but rather forgetting to "Focus" on your breathing.

    If you want to know "how" to relax, there are two ways. One is to focus your mind on topics which are at least neutral(like breathing) and as such "relieve" your mind and therefore the body from tension. The other is to "Alter" the way you view stressful topics(like work) such that they are no longer regarded as stressful.

    I would have a think about who might best know how to train the mind and then go and ask them to teach you and pop in to the Doc's on the way if you have to.

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    Well, I don't have problems sleeping during the night other than waking up two or three times. I breathe just fine. During my WC or JKD classes (or the gym) when I do exercises, I hold my breath, and have to be reminded not to and to keep breathing as I'm doing the drill. I HATE my job and frankly all federal jobs really stink. It's the only place where you don't get paid for your educational level and can enjoy no advancement and high pressure - hence, the stress. I can't leave the job because there's nothing out there to go to and I need the steady income - what little there is - for my high medical bills (oral surgery).

    I've been on anxiety pills in the past, but there are more downsides to that than good, so I discontinued due to the side affects. Now I'm just trying to get past the anxiety naturally. Wish I had the ability to meditate as it would seem the best route.
     
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    Meditating is really just focusing on something which makes you happy.

    Since focusing on things like a new pair of jeans or the warm glow from your "medicine" only provide temporary happiness you just need to set your sights a little higher...and buy a sports car...j/k:ultracool

    Next time you go to the pub, buy someone else a drink then the next day when you are no longer "happy" from your medicine remember your gift and the happiness should return in full.

    Who knows, depending on who you gave the drink to there may be "other" rewards as well:p

    The greedy person would buy something for someone else rather than waste it by keeping it for themselves.....get your head around that one.

    Why not look for a Qi Gong teacher in your area, then you can meditate on Qi? Or talk to your WC and JKD teachers about it.


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  4. Haris Lamboo Faisal

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    Meditation , is to live in the moment , A moment where the past and the future are irrelevant , it is the journey you have to focus on and not the ending.

    Meditating isn't hard focus on something mundane , like your footsteps when you walk ... as soon as you lift your right foot up to take the next step be aware of this change , you could even think of this change and use that as the tool for relaxation rather than focusing on your breathing , monitor everything about your being and maintain it according to the desired relaxed state.

    Every emotion you feel or thought that you have , describe it using your mind's voice ...if you feel anger , say to yourself the words anger repeatedly in your head and that will help you recognise that it is an emotion and in turn you can look past the anger staying aware will help you make a better decision than acting rashly. Don't let your mind race to conclusions let it be relaxed and complete , that is also meditation , Focus and control , is also meditation.
     
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    I meditate fairly regularly as part of a spiritual/religious practice and for my general mental health. It helps me settle--it brings my energy from up in my throat and head down to my center. I feel less reactive as a result, and it slows my thoughts. I also feel less reactive in my work with other people--it makes it easier to separate myself from their "stuff."
     
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    Each day I meditate at least 20 min and I find the health benefits alone to be quite remarkable. I used to be stressed a lot and couldn't concentrate on things easily and had a problem controlling anger but all of that has gone away with meditation and in fact my cognitive function has increased A LOT. I can concentrate better as well as have better logical thinking skills and a much better memory. And now I have no problem controlling my anger whatsoever. With all the benefits and different types of meditations out there, there really isn't a limit to what you can achieve with meditation. On the physical side my endurance both muscularly and cardio-respiratory have increased a great amount. Meditation is definitely more than worth the time you put into it.
     
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    This may sound weird but here goes...
    When I was in my mid teens, after school hours I did a part-time job as a close quarters security or easier to say as a bodyguard. I didn't wore a uniform and just wore raggedy jeans and acted like any normal teenager during work, like a kid waiting for his dad to finish work to get a free ride home :) The job was high risk especially that our subject was a bit hardheaded and likes going to public places and has a habit of sneaking out on us, lol. The job was more like a waiting game and meditation got me through the boredom and the rush. Often times I waited on a corner or in a car for hours just staring at the door/window/wall or sometimes pretend that I'm some punk kid just sitting on the pavement across the road waiting for time to pass by and it was really boring but when movement was on, adrenalin was rushing. My senior gave me advice to meditate so that I can "happily" stare at a door for hours but still kept me on my toes. Meditation also came in handy during my MA training on stalking/hunting/shooting. I could stay on one place for a long time without moving but not die of boredom. I could even stay in a box and just watch time fly by but that was before but I'm too old for that now, lol.

    I don't know if this has any connection with meditation but it felt that when we silence our minds, our "spider senses" seems to get enhanced that we can sense more. We can focus more on listening to the gossip nearby, the vibration on the floor and on the wall gave us an idea if there is someone closing in and gut feeling was working at it's best.

    Another thing is that during fights, things seems to look a little bit slower than usual??? This doesn't happen all the time but sometimes it does. One example is that one time my older cousin and his buddies threw several bricks to my face but I don't know why the bricks flew at a slower speed??? They were only about 2 to 5 meters away and I was lucky not to get hit (my Nintendo dodging skills saved me from Donkey Kong, HAHAHA!!!). Don't ask me what happened after that ... I asked about this to my MA seniors and they told me that meditation can enhance our senses and this is not rare to MAist and fighters. Honestly I don't know if there is a connection with this to meditation and I don't know how to explain it but I have also passed some voodoo-tech that I collected through the years to my son and he said that sometimes things do look a lot slower especially on real fights.

    Or maybe it's just the mind because through the ages humans have performed near to impossible feats during times of trouble. Example: small lady carrying a heavy cabinet while escaping the fire, guys who lifted a car to save the person under the car, people who jumped from a building to escape from burning and lived, etc. I guess that they haven't meditated before that???

    I still meditate sometimes but not as much. I only meditate now for a deeper study of "funky stuffs" :) Sometimes I meditate for stuffs that I want to happen or want to have in my life especially when I am desperate ($). I still can't rationally believe if it's true but there were stuffs that happen like coincidence. I would like to do this more often because of nice really vivid dreams and something like OBEs but when I really try too hard, I get a big headache.

    I know that not everybody shares my BS but I'm sure that some of our members here in MT had the same experiences with meditation.
     
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    Full on meditation bores me. However, some white noise is relaxing, and i think better when im relaxed. Its a tradeoff.
     
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    Go on trying hard often. Headache will pass. Try to practice meditating on the 3rd eye (concentrate your eyes in front of the space between your forehead and your nose and point at 3-4 inches in front of the 3rd eye place ~Hindu way~) or try concentrating 2-3 inches in front of your nose's tip (Shaolin way). Try repeating Oms or counting from 1 to 7 and again and again while inhaling - exhaling. It will help you concentrate while keeping calm. Don't get in tension.

    Meditation is something that can be fixed!
     
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    Wow, thank you! I didn't know about the Shaolin way but will try it... My forehead and crown often has the tingling sensation and have probably learned to open and shut them down because sometimes the sensation is quite annoying. My biggest question is many gurus teach how to open them but doesn't really say much about their uses when they are open. With minimal knowledge on their uses, I'm often left clueless on what to do next. Seeing colors and having the feeling on my forehead is not my main objective and I want to go to the next level...

    I have tried using it with concentration, projection, manifestation and martial arts but I couldn't make them mix well to get things done. Example like in projection, I can get better results if I just shut it off and just relax in bed. If it's open then projection/lucid is near impossible. Whenever I'm successful, I find myself in the lower astral which I'm very much comfortable. With manifestation, same thing. I have to shut it down or it wont work. I noticed that meditating for martial arts or for a dangerous job has benefits when it's open because I can absorb more and all is like clockwork.

    I have been trying to find someone who knows stuffs because I would really like to ask for advice on how to use it properly for my advantage. I've even tried using it for remote viewing but I'm not a good viewer... Probably you noticed by now that I'm not with the popular religion. Any advice will be awesome.

    Many thanks GiannisMalkavian!
     
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    I have recently found that I return to kata for stress reduction. I work through a few old favorites and my mind clears. I have theories as to why this is suddenly beneficial, but regardless of the reasons, I am pleased with the outcome and find myself heading to the studio early so that I can spend a quiet half hour doing forms before everyone arrives.


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    I like doing it because it helps get relaxed and focused perfect for if your going to work on kata (i do it often so I got some experience)
     
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    I WANT to believe it could be therapeutic, but I'm the type of person who thinks, "Well, okay...so I meditate...think about nothing, forget my problems for a short while...but aren't my problems there when I stop?" Who knows? Maybe it would help me enter into a zone where I could think of a solution when I come out.
     
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