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    For the first six minutes I thought about how much I wanted a cup of tea. Then I started cracking jokes in my head which made me laugh out loud. Then I went and made a cup of tea. :/
    That last ten mins or so I was focused on my breath and I could see the other stuff for what it was: resistance. So I let it fall away and I felt very centred and calm.
    I could have stayed like that for quite a bit longer. I’m actually very good at doing nothing for long periods of time. I’ve had a lot of practice.

    What I used to call procrastination, I’m now going to call “meditating”.
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    Actually, Edahn, there was a picture in your blog I kept seeing in the early stage - you were out with your friends. Sitting in a booth or something, dressed pretty swank. Had your hand on your face - thinker style. Girl sitting next to you as well.

    For the most part though, I started off with the thoughts I'd normally have when I'm wide awake. I'd shift my body around a bit, decided to move my hands closer to the chest and my feet a little bit further up. After awhile, my fingers and feet would go numb and I'd just stare into the blackness. You know, the way you close your eyes and you can literally SEE the darkness? Or is that just me?

    Opened my eyes, saw everything a little bit clearer. Everything is visually sharper.

    Nothing too out of the ordinary.

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    This was difficult, actually.

    It took awhile to get comfortable... my shoulders were hurting and my knees a little bit and as I kept wanting to wiggle around. There was a lot of stuff going on outside my window and I kept hearing voices, engines, things being moved around, neighbors' ringtones, birds, dogs, music, etc. And inside of me a lot was going on too. I was wondering if I was doing it the right way and also thinking about packing. I felt extra aware of every thought. And I was wondering how much longer fifteen minutes were.

    So then I just started thinking the words 'my body, my breath' for some reason, so I wouldn't pay attention to what was going on outside of me or to thoughts inside of me.

    And I just started to feel... into the rhythm of my breathing. That feeling sort of came and went several times for short intervals, interrupted by the things I mentioned at the beginning (outside sounds, thoughts of packing, what exactly meditation is, etc). But it was really peaceful while it was there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgan Le Fay View Post
    For the first six minutes I thought about how much I wanted a cup of tea. Then I started cracking jokes in my head which made me laugh out loud. Then I went and made a cup of tea. :/


    That last ten mins or so I was focused on my breath and I could see the other stuff for what it was: resistance. So I let it fall away and I felt very centred and calm.


    I could have stayed like that for quite a bit longer. I’m actually very good at doing nothing for long periods of time. I’ve had a lot of practice.

    What I used to call procrastination, I’m now going to call “meditating”.


    Quote Originally Posted by SecondBest View Post
    Actually, Edahn, there was a picture in your blog I kept seeing in the early stage - you were out with your friends. Sitting in a booth or something, dressed pretty swank. Had your hand on your face - thinker style. Girl sitting next to you as well.
    LOL, I happen to be in that same pose right now.

    For the most part though, I started off with the thoughts I'd normally have when I'm wide awake. I'd shift my body around a bit, decided to move my hands closer to the chest and my feet a little bit further up. After awhile, my fingers and feet would go numb and I'd just stare into the blackness. You know, the way you close your eyes and you can literally SEE the darkness? Or is that just me?
    Makes sense. I meditate with my eyes open.

    Opened my eyes, saw everything a little bit clearer. Everything is visually sharper.

    Nothing too out of the ordinary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    Jock, maybe. What went on?
    First, it was hard to not fidget a bit as I tried to find a good sitting position. I settled on "indian style" on my bed, less stress on the knees. Then I tried to exclusively pay attention to my breathing, because it seemed my mind was trying to seize on to any kind of environmental stimulus it could: the fan of my computer, the cat licking its paws, subtle shifts in light due to my shades not being all the way down.

    Then, thoughts began to just pop up, about what I was doing before the meditation and what I was going to do after, but I figured that wasn't really the point so I tried to pay attention to the breathing and the things my body was doing. After a while I think I just started...watching what was going on and after a while try to move on to something else. Then my alarm rang and it seemed I sort of snapped out of it. I could identify everything and everyone in my thoughts, except for a random moment when I saw a man in short running shorts? No idea what that was about. I did run today though.

    Overall I enjoyed it. I sort of want to do it again maybe tomorrow, and compare/contrast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    That's not very Zen.



    PS. Loving the homo-eroticism in this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgan Le Fay View Post
    That's not very Zen.



    PS. Loving the homo-eroticism in this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    This was difficult, actually.

    It took awhile to get comfortable... my shoulders were hurting and my knees a little bit and as I kept wanting to wiggle around. There was a lot of stuff going on outside my window and I kept hearing voices, engines, things being moved around, neighbors' ringtones, birds, dogs, music, etc. And inside of me a lot was going on too. I was wondering if I was doing it the right way and also thinking about packing. I felt extra aware of every thought. And I was wondering how much longer fifteen minutes were.

    So then I just started thinking the words 'my body, my breath' for some reason, so I wouldn't pay attention to what was going on outside of me or to thoughts inside of me.

    And I just started to feel... into the rhythm of my breathing. That feeling sort of came and went several times for short intervals, interrupted by the things I mentioned at the beginning (outside sounds, thoughts of packing, what exactly meditation is, etc). But it was really peaceful while it was there.
    Very nice, and well done.

    Quote Originally Posted by JocktheMotie View Post
    I could identify everything and everyone in my thoughts, except for a random moment when I saw a man in short running shorts? No idea what that was about. I did run today though.


    Overall I enjoyed it. I sort of want to do it again maybe tomorrow, and compare/contrast.
    Sounds great. We should organize another one. I was thinking Wednesday.

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    That's not very Zen.
    WRONG!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    I told you I draw the line at ritual sacrifice.

    Jock will probably enjoy that story though.
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    Gosh, the world looks so small from up here on my high horse of menstruation.

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    My attempt to meditate was relentlessly sabotaged by Toto's Africa.

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