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Meditation Q?

Meditation, to me, is like getting more exercise, or eating less chocolate--something you do (or think you should do) because you think you really ought to, but not something even remotely pleasant on its own. So, you know, I generally don't. Haven't really done it since I finished that requirement for ADF's Dedicant Program. Haven't missed it. I gave it a try last night but it had been a looong time.

But you know, I've realized that I'm not really sure what you're supposed to get out of it, not really. It seems like folks tend to see it a sort of cures-all, that anything from stress to ulcers to hangnails, try meditation. Well, maybe it is, I don't know. But now I'm curious.

What, exactly, do you folks with the discipline to meditate find that you get out of it? What are the benefits?

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angiereedgarner
Sep. 10th, 2004 07:51 pm (UTC)
It isn't much fun until you dig the groove pretty deep, but after that it functions as an emotional reset button.

Aside from all the cool stuff one might realize as a result of meditating, the reset button function is darn useful.

But I'm also into exercise. :-)
hearthstone
Sep. 11th, 2004 01:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, an emotional reset button would be pretty handy sometimes...

I've been into exercise--could be again--but it's that getting-started thing that's the problem!
dinpik
Sep. 10th, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC)
Heh. That's my problem.

Things have gotten more interesting lately, and Better Living Through Legal Chemistry isn't working. I keep getting told to meditate, but...
hearthstone
Sep. 11th, 2004 01:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's hard. I know that some people really take to it. And it's possible that there's a method out there that I would take to easily (you know, like everyone should get exercise but not everyone is going to be suited to jogging). Haven't found it yet, unfortunately.
fatherbob
Sep. 11th, 2004 12:00 am (UTC)
Oh, gosh. I get lots out of it.

In short....

-increased immediate awareness of the present experience
-enhanced perception of sensations (visual, taste, etc.)
-less tendency toward reactionary behavior
-more disciplined thought process

Also, I've been prone to mystical experience all my life. (This runs rampant in my family, and we take it to be a biological thing handed down from generation to generation.) Contemplative practice seems to help make the experience of mystical states far more pleasant and "sensible" (for lack of a better word).
hearthstone
Sep. 11th, 2004 02:00 am (UTC)
Well, all of those would be good :)... See, you guys are starting to convince me!

I'm sort of the opposite of prone to mystical experience, myself :). I get one once in a while, but on the whole I'm what the heathens call a "concrete head"!
dinpik
Sep. 11th, 2004 04:29 am (UTC)
Heh, same here.
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