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Part of my daily healthwork routine is silent meditation. I avoided meditating for decades because I thought I had to be a serene person to do it. I learned otherwise. Using audio guidance or timer, I concentrate on my breathing. I become my breathing body. My breath is a constant companion, always happening until I’m dead.

Concentrating on my breath helps me relax and it also reminds me that everyone on the planet is also a breathing body. This commonality calms the terror attendant on our current moment. My ideology, my fears, my impairments aren’t magicked away, but I am always a breathing body, just like everyone else.

It’s called meditation practice because that concentration is a skill. While I’m meditating I find myself thinking about the past or planning for the future. This is the magic moment. When I notice I’m thinking, I softly name it, and then return to my breathing.

I learned to meditate via an 8-week MBSR class, mindfulness based stress reduction, offered by my therapist. Since then, I’ve loved using Insight Timer, the meditation tool for iOS and Android. You do have to create a login, but they haven't spammed me. Insight Timer has tons of useful features, but at its most basic it’s got a great timer, with lovely bells, background white noise, and finely adjustable intervals. When you’re online, Insight offers hundreds of guided meditations, including introductory lessons for absolute beginners. (Other audio available: yoga guidance, Dharma talks, affirmations.) Excellent search functions let me bookmark (for example) just the 10–19 minutes long, secular, male voice, meditations designed for pain.

https://insighttimer.com

All of the audio content is also available from this web site.

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Date: 2017-08-17 04:08 am (UTC)
sonia: Quilted wall-hanging (Default)
From: [personal profile] sonia
I'm still using the meditation app that you recommended a while back, thank you. And I love the idea of "breathing body," so thank you for that, too.

I'm bringing it into my meditation, where I also give myself permission to process whatever I recently stopped myself from reacting to, and also finding upright alignment and working kinks out of my body. For me, it's 20 minutes where I can't do anything wrong, and where everything gets held in a cradle of awareness and acceptance, even if I don't count a single breath.

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Date: 2017-08-17 05:31 pm (UTC)
toft: graphic design for the moon europa (Default)
From: [personal profile] toft
Thank you for this link! I've been trying to find my way into meditation, because I think it could be very helpful for me and when it works it's very effective, but I'm finding it hard to find audio guidance that isn't massively annoying.
bibliofile: Fan & papers in a stack (from my own photo) (Default)
From: [personal profile] bibliofile
Ooh, I may look up her stuff on Insight. My problem there is that they have too many options, plus I'm leery of too much woo, appropriation, etc. I wish there were a randomizer!
toft: graphic design for the moon europa (Default)
From: [personal profile] toft
Oh, thank you!

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