Talking about Meditation

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Mark: So what is meditation?
Alec: Hmm..good question. Well meditation is a huge variety of techniques that are used to move people into the moment…or to use a cliche, the “here and now”.
Mark: Hm-mm what kind of techniques? For example, can you give me an example?
Alec: Well…yeah…there are Buddhist techniques. There are many different types of Buddhist techniques but some of the main techniques are to do with using your breath so that you are focusing on your breathing and you’re bringing your mind, your thinking mind – what they call the aahm…what is it…the crazy monkey, is it?…or the mad monkey? The mad monkey mind…and you are bringing that… redirecting that…commanding the attention of your mind…your thoughts…and bringing it to the breath, focusing on the breath.
Mark: Focusing so like…controlling your mind and focusing on the breath.
Alec: No you don’t control your mind. That is impossible…you just have to gently redirect it…continually redirect it…towards focusing on your senses. So in a way…meditation – a big part of meditation – is using your senses to go…what do they call it?…beyond your senses.
Mark: And how long have you been meditating?
Alec: Since I was a teenager…and in my early twenties, you know. I started to meditate…I got hold of this…
Mark: So that is a hundred…
Alec: That is a thousand years ago.
Mark: Ha ha ha…
Alec: You know, several lifetimes ago. No, I was really into trying to work out what the hell was going on…because I…I had a lot of hang-ups…still do I suppose, but I can work with them much easier now.
Mark: You went to India, is that right?
Alec: No, no, no, I will just explain. I went to India very recently by comparison. When I was about twenty…ninteteen, twenty, I was reading one particular book I remember which really influenced me was by Alan Watts who wrote a lot of books about West meets East…
Mark: Um-hm
Alec: …which was very big at the time…it still is, you know…that…a lot of people were looking into the mystical philosophies of the Eastern way and I remember reading this and practicing it just sitting. I remember choosing…my first try at meditation was choosing various comfortable seats. I had my back straight and I was very relaxed and then focusing on parts of my body for example my hands…just to focus my attention just on how my hands felt…the sensation in my hand…or my whole body sometimes…and to focus on what occurred and by working on that…on a continual basis…it is a very transformational thing.
Mark: Mm.
Alec: So meditation is very very transformational.
Mark: You have done guided meditation with me before. What do you think we go upstairs and you take me through a guided mediation?
Alec: Yeah, ok, that would be great.
Mark: (Do) you want to do that now or later?
Alec: Whenever you want to because really aah…
Mark: Let’s sit here and talk a little and we will do that a little bit later.
Alec: Ok

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12 Responses to “Talking about Meditation”

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  1. Sedeak says:

    Meditation means when anybody thinking about any thing like wide of university. Whose respons on the life starting and the relationships between the us and the others like animals, insects,….etc. and why this life, for what and for who.

  2. Francisco Cabello says:

    I think that the meditation is a very important technique to relax and to concentrate in one thing and the meditation let us put our ideas in the correct place…..in our mind…of course. Maybe I will learn more about this activity. See you soon.

  3. sayed says:

    the meaning of Meditation as per my mother language is( deeply thinking or deeply reading and understanding.

    i hope my answer correct

    thanks

  4. GISELA says:

    I like very reading about Meditation

  5. raquel says:

    One of my best friendly has been practising meditation for 5 years. After practising meditation he feels relaxed and really, really happy. For me, this would be difficult, you must be concentrated and focused on your breath

  6. Gabor says:

    This has nothing to do with meditation. This is concentration. This is a very common misunderstanding. You exist in time. Your whole being is a movement in time. Your past, future, hopes, desires, fears, the whole business. The whole content of consciousness is a movement in time. Present is not part of this movement. So being in this very moment means that you are not there. Who is practicing any techniques then? Who is paying attention? In the present you does not exist. The division between the observer and the observed ends. So does the conflict caused by division. Meditation is the end of the self existing in time. It has no technique. Every technique involves the self, involves time.

  7. kunjok says:

    hey there
    i think you had done good practice on meditation.thats good i have rejoice for that.
    and i am wondering that who is ur master?and where did learn about buddhist meditation???

  8. phong says:

    hi .Toi moi phat hien ra trang nay .Nhung toi thay no van con chua hoan thien lam .Vi du nhu:nghe khong het doan conversation,vao nhieu lan lien tuc moi duoc.rat mong duoc cai thien .cam on

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