Bodom said: If you arent doing vipassana any other meditation you are doing would be considered samatha.
yuuki wrote:I'm still in the middle of getting educated about vipassana meditation (and whether I want to do it at all), and I'd like to put that whole issue aside and ask: if you aren't doing vipassana meditation, then what meditation instructions (if any) are you following or inspired by?
Right now my meditation is a mixture of just resting and trying to calm the mind.
When I'm resting I just relax and don't try to "accomplish" anything.
When I'm calming the mind I generally do things to alleviate stress in the body or in my feelings, and try to inject positive qualities into the breath.
Great thanks to everyone!
acinteyyo wrote:are you mindful and/or do you concentrate on a certain meditationobject like the breath or something else?
I generally look for the effects of what I am doing, but I usually avoid thoughts that might lead me off track.acinteyyo wrote:Do you notice what happens and/or do you know or try to know any thought that comes by?
I don't examine the nature of phenomena much, other than trying to find specific causes that might help me calm the mindacinteyyo wrote:Do you try not to be distracted by content of senses and thoughts but concentrate to examine the nature of phenomena?
Sometimes I get calm, but not anything I would classify as an altered state of consciousnessacinteyyo wrote:Is the mind getting calm instead of agitated?
I don't usually try to let go until I see some kind of stress, I guess? The biggest thing I struggle to let go of is my posture. I'm always trying to flex the right muscles so that I can get into the right posture. It's very distracting!acinteyyo wrote:Do you let go of things or try to let go?
No. The result of my practice is usually a sense of well-being.acinteyyo wrote:Do you learn something about the nature of phenomena, its impermanents and/or its unpleasantness and/or its emptiness of a self?
cooran wrote:You may like to make Metta meditation your main practice – it is an effective vehicle leading to Liberation.
yuuki wrote:acinteyyo wrote:are you mindful and/or do you concentrate on a certain meditationobject like the breath or something else?
I'm a little reluctant to touch on mindfulness, given that some teachers say samma sati is remembering what you need to remember to get your chosen task done. And then we have the teachers that say samma sati is insight meditation, with noting etc.
yuuki said: Are jhana and metta separate experiences, or is metta enough to produce jhana experiences?
yuuki wrote:if you aren't doing vipassana meditation, then what meditation instructions (if any) are you following or inspired by?
cooran wrote:You might be interested in acquiring these mp3's of a Retreat on Metta and Jhanas from the Bhavana Society:
Jhana Meditation Bhante Gunaratana
http://www.bhavanasociety.org/resource/ ... editation/
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