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9 August 2012 - 4:07pm

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I wanted to know if anyone here meditates. I was having a hard time getting calmed down for bed the other day and I ended up taking an online meditation session, which lasted for about 35 minutes.

After the session I was so relaxed and felt SO good! I also had the best sleep that I have had in ages. I found it to be an awesome experience and will probably be doing this regularly from now on.

Do any of you meditate? What is your routine, and how has it impacted your life?

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9 August 2012 - 10:29pm
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I think that LuckyMe meditates, and so does my middle son. My middle son is the most calm, even-tempered person I have ever met. He just does not get flustered (although he can be stubborn, lol).

I started biofeedback at a local clinic, and I really enjoy that. The computer can regulate my breathing, where I am tensing up, and so on. I just started, but even the basic breathing and some basic exercises have helped me. Biofeedback and medication are similar, but not the same. I do have a website I can share when I find it. My practitioner shared it with me so I could practice at home in between sessions.

I have no doubt that biofeedback and/or medication can enhance anyone's life, especially in our busy, information filled world. It does us all good to just try to clear our minds now and again.

Great topic, Slim! Smile

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9 August 2012 - 10:52pm
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I meditate whenever I feel stressed. I have no special routine. I just try to calm my mind. It's really relaxing, and I can usually fall asleep soon after.

If I am angry or being negative, I try to turn that around, and see the good in each situation.

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10 August 2012 - 3:02am
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Here is the website my biofeedback practitioner gave me.

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Podcasts: Guided Imagery.

Might want to try something like that, too. I really like the guided imagery where you tense, then relax each part of your body starting at the toes to the head and even face. We discovered I have tension in my forehead, which I never knew before. By tensing, then relaxing (through the guided imagery) you can really learn to relax. Proper breathing is essential, too, of course, and there are all kinds of different breathing exercises out there from basic to advanced. This really helps me to tolerate my pain and release tension.

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11 August 2012 - 12:22am
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Your post above reminded me of a class I took many years ago. The instructor would guide us through meditations. It was very relaxing. I will check up the links above Hope. Thanks

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11 August 2012 - 5:34am
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Have you ever tried yoga..? I'm sticking to my daily yoga routine and light exercise first thing in the morning. It does help me a lot physically and emotionally.. Smile

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11 August 2012 - 3:08pm
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Being raised Catholic,I learned to start and end my day with prayers and I have said the same ones all my life.If you want to call it meditation,you could,because after I pray for 15 minutes,I do sort of meditate on my day,how it went,how I want it to go and what I want to accomplish to be a better person.It really helps and keeps me centered and helps with the stresses.

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11 August 2012 - 6:25pm
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Being raised Catholic,I learned to start and end my day with prayers and I have said the same ones all my life.If you want to call it meditation,you could,because after I pray for 15 minutes,I do sort of meditate on my day,how it went,how I want it to go and what I want to accomplish to be a better person.It really helps and keeps me centered and helps with the stresses.

I do definitely believe prayer is a form of meditation. It can calm the mind and help us start and end the day on a positive, hopeful note. I agree! Smile

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11 August 2012 - 6:26pm
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Have you ever tried yoga..? I'm sticking to my daily yoga routine and light exercise first thing in the morning. It does help me a lot physically and emotionally.. Smile

Yoga about killed me. lol Not really, but I tried both Yoga and Pilates, and I found the beginner's Pilates actually EASIER than the yoga. It looks easier than it is, but I do agree it is a great way to stay in shape and center ourselves. Smile

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11 August 2012 - 6:27pm
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Your post above reminded me of a class I took many years ago. The instructor would guide us through meditations. It was very relaxing. I will check up the links above Hope. Thanks

When I took "Actor's for NonActiing" the instructor started out with de-stressing activities. I looked forward to that class just for those ten minutes or so. That is when the boys were little, and I really needed that each week.

I haven't even checked out the links yet, and I am supposed to be doing things between my appointments, lol. I better get busy over the week end. Wink

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How do you do an online meditation session? Is it a set of instructions or a youtube video that you follow along with or something?

As you might know I have been doing kung fu for a few years now and my instructors practice this Chinese meditation called Qi Gong (Qi pronounced Chi). I have done a few classes but haven't really followed through with it. I am supposed to practice this thing called Iron Shirt Qi Gong.

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29 August 2012 - 4:31pm
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You can do guided imagery with the computer and online. It would be just like listening to someone in a biofeedback session, only you are not hooked up to the computer to measure your responses. You can just close your eyes and listen.

You can also watch videos of scenery and listen to the music while clearing your mind of all the days' and weeks' troubles.

What you described sounds really interesting. Is this just your thing or does your entire family do this? (I had a friend whose entire family did Karate together as a weekly outing).

I am supposed to do more at home between my biofeedback sessions, too. I have to get better about that. It only takes a few minutes of my time, yet there is always something other than that to do. We could all use even ten minutes of reflection and/or relaxation per day, and we owe it to ourselves to find that time.

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30 August 2012 - 11:59pm
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I did a YouTube video and simply followed the instructions. At the end of it I feel so good! I am going to be adopting this into my every day life from now on. It is that good for me.

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Sorry hope I missed your question. I do the kung fu and my daughter recently started. I actually help teach the kids too.

Are you still doing the meditation slim?

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28 September 2012 - 3:04pm
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I have veered off a bit since I got sick, but did it again last night and didn't even get through the instruction as I passed out! I was so relaxed that I slept til almost 9 this morning!

Best sleep I've had in a while, and I feel pretty good today.

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That is awesome that you help teach the kids, CL-Ed!

'Slim and All: I just had the most awesome Acupuncture session. I am now combining the biofeedback with the Acupuncture. So we are working on my immune system, and I did a guided imagery to improve the immune system. I know what you mean about RELAXED, because for part of the session, I felt like I was floating and my arms were weightless. She also heats the table I was on (I get cold very easily) and puts a heat lamp on my feet!

I had taken a few weeks off, because I was tired of driving back and forth and using up my summer, but wow, it was good to be back.

NOW I have to try harder to do some sessions from the website I posted above from my home, in between my appointments. I don't know why I don't do more, because it truly helps me, so one of those things I will have to MAKE TIME for. Smile

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