earthfriendly wrote:I have dabbled with meditation for over two decades. Without much success. I refuse to give up and am now able to benefit from it. It is life-changing.
Good to hear, details would help.
So what happened and how? Did you have some kind of epiphany? Is it TM or another kind of meditation?
It is a process. And a combination of forces in my own life. Not just one thing, although having the ability to meditate is a quantum (just bought some "Quantum" Duracell batteries and thought I should throw in this term as it sounds futuristic
) leap. During meditation, I would focus my attention on the path of my breath, following my breath as I inhale, how the air fills up my lung, and thru my abdomen and the passage it takes as I exhale. I am not sure what this kind of meditation is called.
And when I find it too hard to follow the instructions of guided meditation, I just do my own thing and this breathing exercise is what works for me. Even when I am not following the instructor's way of meditating, I still benefit from being in the company of others. Being in a group keeps me motivated. Not always possible to find fellow meditators but lately I have been lucky. After one studio shut down, another door open and I was able to find another avenue.
There are phone apps and lots of info on the internet. I have to keep trying all the different methods before I find one that works for me. Oprah and Deepak have this free event that you can try at home. This one will end soon but they will probably have more in the future. I did it once. Not bad lah. It is a good starting point.