Meditation Warmup?

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Do you have a regular warm-up for meditation?

Yes
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No
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56%
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Meditation Warmup?

Postby AdvaitaJ » Sun Feb 15, 2009 2:58 pm

For the last few months, I've used a pyramid breath-counting routine (1-10-1, 1-9-1, 1-8-1, etc) as my regular warm-up. I've read that some people stretch or do yoga. Sometimes though, I feel like I don't need to spend that much time getting still. Other times, it seems like I could substitute 100 for 10 in my count and it still wouldn't be enough. Curious to see what others do...or don't do.

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Re: Meditation Warmup?

Postby Jechbi » Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:31 pm

I was going to say "jumping jacks," but then I decided not to be a smarta**. :embarassed:

Seriously, tho, I voted "no," but only based on a narrow reading of the question. More broadly speaking, the only reasonable answer is "yes," I think, because sila is a crucial warmup for any meditation practice.

But on another level, I'm not sure how a person can draw a clear distinction between the "warmup" and the "meditation." Some of the warmups that you have described sound like forms of meditation to me.

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Re: Meditation Warmup?

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:26 pm

Personally I start with walking meditation unless there's some really good reason not to (like lack of any space to walk...). I notice that if I sit in with a group that doesn't walk I generally don't get as far with an hour of sitting as I normally do with 1/2 hour walking 1/2 hour sitting. Of course, that's somewhat influenced by the technique I use, so clearly wouldn't apply to everyone.

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Re: Meditation Warmup?

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:33 pm

Same here for me

Jechbi wrote:I was going to say "jumping jacks," but then I decided not to be a smarta**. :embarassed:

Seriously, tho, I voted "no," but only based on a narrow reading of the question. More broadly speaking, the only reasonable answer is "yes," I think, because sila is a crucial warmup for any meditation practice.

But on another level, I'm not sure how a person can draw a clear distinction between the "warmup" and the "meditation." Some of the warmups that you have described sound like forms of meditation to me.

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