Aug. 9th, 2013

Meditation

Aug. 9th, 2013 08:32 pm
pktechgirlbackup: (pktechgirl)
A year ago a friend of a friend asked for meditation dvice, and I sent her this. I stumbled over it again and still liked it, so I'm sharing

I tried meditation several times without it sticking, but I've had a lot of success with Zenworld's Zencast http://www.zenworlds.com/?page_id=384 . Most of them are short, you can pick one that feels relevant, and I've found that even if I let my mind wander and don't follow their instructions, I still get some benefit out of it. Bare minimum, I sleep better.

As to the emotional consequences: what meditation does for me is not universal, but I've heard other people describe very similar things, so I think it's a common pattern. Meditation doesn't make me feel things less, it just makes me feel less compelled to act on those feelings. Since I wouldn't be meditating on an actionable problem, this is a huge win.

To use a physical analogy: suppose I am driving somewhere I really, really want to go, and discover a giant boulder in my path. Meditation doesn't change how much I want to go, or how sad I am that I can't, but it gives me the serenity to not break my back pushing a boulder that is clearly too big to notice me.

More abstractly, a lot of Buddhist philosophy talks about "pain + resistance = suffering". Meditation works on the resistance, but leaves the pain untouched. I found myself becoming more emotionally expressive and in touch with my feelings because admitting a feeling no longer came with an obligation to act.

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