The athletics match I had yesterday was 4 x 100 relay, the Dutch championship. We ended up fifth, but with a crippled team, since our first runner was injured. We could have won otherwise, but we did all we could, so I am happy with the result.
meditating, Darren said it already, it differs from person to person, and the only person I can speak for is me. Too me, the meditation is only a part of my "Eastern road" towards getting better. Just as important, or maybe even more, are the views towards life shared by many Eastern religions, especially Buddhism. So I will tell something about
The main concept I believe in is to simply be happy in order to live happy. Of course, that ain't as easy as it sounds. But there are several things to help you achieve a way more positive view on the world. First of all, all negativity is time-bound. On this very moment, all negativity you'll experience comes from thinking about
the future or the past. If you could shut down those thoughts, and totally accept the current moment, there would be no negativity. This is one thing you can practice by meditating, since meditation is all about
clearing the mind from thoughts. So when I meditate, I just try to catch any upcoming thoughts, only to see them floating away on a cloud, or washed away by rain in order to get them gone in a non-resistant way.
In fact, all Buddhism is based around being in the Now, and thus have no judgement, no resistance, and no attachment towards anything. This might sound weird, but for instance non-attachment doesn't mean that you can't love someone, but that you will totally accept that person and what he or she will do, or what will happen. Sometimes when I am experiencing what they call "Satori", a moment of total peace, I just walk around in absolute wonder about
all things, like I am in love with life itself. I think that is what enlightenment is, total acceptance towards everything.
And the ways to achieve enlightenment (since that is the state of Being I like to be in the most) are for example meditating. Getting rid of the thoughts in your head can get you to see things in a new perspective, as you are reborn in a perfect world. And you are, since this current moment is the only moment you will ever experience, unless you can be in two times zones at the same time
. Cherishing this moment as the one that will be for the most benefit to you can get a smile on your face, always. I can get in a bit more detail about
this subject if you want, but to explain it will take a considerable amount of text
(but I am happy to write it down for you!).
Last, but not least, I can tell you how I am meditating. I don't have a standard time, place, or position to meditate in. Sometimes I will meditate for half an hour, sometimes for two minutes. I can do it with eyes
open or closed, in a chair, on the floor, at home, at college, even in some degree on my bike when I am riding towards school. All I try to do at such moments is to stop the constant flow of thought that will be there whenever I am not aware of it. So in fact, I am trying to be aware of the thoughts, as some sort of silent "Watcher".
After I spotted the thoughts, some will stop instantly, others will remain. For those that lasts, I try to visualize them on a cloud, or in a river that slowly washes them away. I do that with every thought that I find popping up, but without blaming myself for having those thoughts.
To summarize it a bit, meditating for me is a way to stay or become Present (to live in this moment), to see the world in a new perspective of total acceptance (and thus receiving total acceptance from the world), and just for the new energy it always seems to awaken inside me.
NightWish, if anything is unclear, or there are things you'd like to know more about
, feel free to ask whatever you want. If you like to know more about
meditation and the philosophies of Zen I can recommend you to read a happy little book called "Zen, and the art of happiness". The ways of thinking described in that book can change your view towards the world, help you to see it in a brighter, more loving way. And you can also ask me.
Ow, one thing I would like to add, since I think it is important. With some people, meditating can bring out thoughts that will shock them, like getting out your demons. If you ever experience something like that, or if you are afraid that will happen to you, I strongly advise you to seek a meditation group near you, and meditate together with an experienced teacher. I don't want to scare you with this, since a lot of people will be fine on their own, but just to make you aware of the fact that it can happen.
All the best NW!!
Acceptance is the key
Existential depression and InsecurityTry to keep smiling! :)