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    Hi,

    Ive started getting into meditation and am liking what its all about.

    Just wondered if anyone currently does it or go to classes.

    Any expiereinces or advice would be appreciated.

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    Sitting around doing nothing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by byf View Post
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    Just wondered if anyone currently does it or go to classes.
    Nope. Hope this helps
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    I'm sorry, I have got so large sitting around contemplating my navel, that I can't see it any more.
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    I have had had a daily meditation practice for the last 7 years.

    There are many different approaches to meditation and my advice would be to try out various methods until you find something that works for you and then try to stick with it.

    There will be times when the mind just wont seem to settle but these can be some of the most insightful periods. Seeing how the mind creates frustration, boredom, expectation, deals with the concept of time and how this is reflected in the body.

    My advice would be to join a local group then you can bounce your thoughts and experiences off other people.

    If you have any specific questions or want some advice let me know and I will try and point you in the right direction?
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    agree with half time pies... find a local group. its soo much better learning via group meditation and then you can choose what suits you. mine is done via my local spiritual shop...wacky shop..most places run courses etc.. good luck
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    just another voice recommending you do it
    i have flirted with meditation but not stuck sincerely to it yet admittedly.

    but go to a group meditation evening. when you open your eyes the sensation will be palpable... whatever sensation that is will probably be up to you!
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    Yes, I have used several meditation/self-hypnosis CDs by a guy called Glenn Harrold....has really helped me a lot, and given me a sense of inner peace that was lacking for many years.

    Interesting bloke, Glenn Harrold....a real South London geezer, very colourful life, but he has a great gift. Check him out and let me know what you think.

    Good luck.
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    Thanks for all the refreshing answers, much appreciated.

    Ive flirted with it for the past few months with a 10 min morning meditation and sometimes evening, but definately feel like i need to know more and a group sounds good.

    I looked at Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditation Centre

    Anyone seen or heard of them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by byf View Post
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    Thanks for all the refreshing answers, much appreciated.

    Ive flirted with it for the past few months with a 10 min morning meditation and sometimes evening, but definately feel like i need to know more and a group sounds good.

    I looked at Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditation Centre

    Anyone seen or heard of them?
    They are part of the New Kadampa Tradition of buddhism, they have a very specific approach to meditation based on tibetan buddhism which is quite controversial in buddhist circles. I went to an introductory course when I first started meditating and their approach didn't really sit well with me but you might find it works for you.

    Some other types you might want to try:
    Friends of the western buddhist order @ Brighton Buddhist Centre Homepage
    They have a very formulaic approach which was developed specifically for westerners based around counting the breath and metta 'loving kindness meditation'

    Theravadan Forest Sangha tradition: http://www.buddhacommunity.org/bbc.htm
    Probably the tradition that has remained the closest to the original teachings of the buddha. I have found a less formulaic approach. There are some monasteries around the UK, (one near midhurst in west sussex) where you can stay as a guest or go on a structured retreat.

    I also tried Zen buddhism for a while and although it was too disciplined for me I can see how some people might benefit from that type of approach.

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