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From: e4q Date: February 16th, 2009 08:38 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


reading about zen won't give you the buddha superpowers!

you have to DO the practice. you know who you might like? pema chodron. she does a couple of guided meditations you can get on cd, with lots of extra talking on them. one of the catch phrases i have picked up from her is 'hold your seat' which sounds like what you want to get out of meditation.

i also very much like gil fronsdal who teaches out of spirit rock. his stuff is free http://www.audiodharma.org/talks-gil.html
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 16th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: silly!

I know, I know! But I wish I could meditate by reading. It's so hard for me to breathe right. I know that's something that meditation would help with. I just need to force myself. Thanks for the tips.
From: e4q Date: February 16th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: breathing

i forgot about your breathing. while breathing has a structure that is useful to meditate with, it is not the only game in town. one of the purposes of meditation is to develop single pointed attention, and that can be done concentrating on the flame of a candle just as easily as on the breath. also, there are meditations like the metta bhavana, for instance, which don't require focusing on the breath. check it out here http://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/
i don't always have the most comfortable breath, so i sympathise. it is less that i am snuffly nowadays than i sometimes hyperventilate a little with some styles. there is one which involves counting breaths which i hate!
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