I have meditated and do meditate frequently, mostly because I can't find two brain cells to rub together to spark a thought, but whether intentional or unintentional, I'd like to believe the benefit is the same. I live out in the country and I like to sit quietly and watch out the window, go for walks and really tune in on the things around me and tune out all the noise in my head. I also like to meditate floating in my pond, that is the ultimate. I can fall asleep there if I'm not careful. Also, another nice thing is to go out on your porch, fire escape whatever at night with a blanket wrapped around you and sit out, especially on those brisk fall nights, and look up at the stars. Sometimes I just hurt and need to "chill" by laying down and just "getting hold of things" by clearing my mind and meditating, gping to my happy place, whatever. I find the exclusion of noise to be very very helpful in living a peaceful, low stress life, even good noise like music. I just think its unnatural for us to be around a lot of noise and I think those noise reduction headphones are a great idea for people in the city. I don't know how I stood living in the huge cities I used to live in. Now, I notice a lawnmower running or an insistent mockingbird. I don't think a course is necessary, but goodwill or any book store has great videos that help you learn to meditate and several book are out on techniques for meditating. It just seems funny to take a course where they teach you to think of nothing, perhaps a major my son should look into. He does so hate having to think! I did take a college course in therapeutic Japanese ****su massage and that was well worth it, if only for the free massages!
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