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Best Meditation Technique for Relaxation - Dhamma Wheel

Best Meditation Technique for Relaxation

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Collective
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Best Meditation Technique for Relaxation

Postby Collective » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:46 am

Which meditation technique is the best for purely relaxation effects?

Being a stressful person, that's what I need more than any other

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Re: Best Meditation Technique for Relaxation

Postby Sanghamitta » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:49 am

Meditation is not purely for relaxation Collective, although a side effect can be relaxation.
Relaxation excercises are for relaxation.

Your local Hatha Yoga class might be able to help.
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Re: Best Meditation Technique for Relaxation

Postby Collective » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:47 am

Thank you

I guess I could start closing my eyes during my meditations

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Re: Best Meditation Technique for Relaxation

Postby jcsuperstar » Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:20 pm

สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Best Meditation Technique for Relaxation

Postby Mukunda » Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:52 pm

For pure relaxation, nothing beats Yoga Nidra.

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Re: Best Meditation Technique for Relaxation

Postby jcsuperstar » Sat Mar 06, 2010 6:26 am

สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Best Meditation Technique for Relaxation

Postby IanAnd » Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:38 am

"The gift of truth exceeds all other gifts" — Dhammapada, v. 354 Craving XXIV

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Re: Best Meditation Technique for Relaxation

Postby rowyourboat » Sat Mar 06, 2010 10:40 am

mindfulness of breath
With Metta

Karuna
Mudita
& Upekkha

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Re: Best Meditation Technique for Relaxation

Postby BlackBird » Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:09 am

I have a three step formula I use when my mind is restless and stressed out.

1. Do some dana (Whether you're giving your time, your labour doing chores, your ear to a friend in need, the options are only limited by your imagination)
2. Metta meditation ()
3. Anapanasati (As others have described it's a great soother of the mind, but the dana and the metta as precursors really kick it up a gear in terms of putting the mind at ease)

All this can be accomplished in the space of about an hour, so if you're home for the day by 4pm, by 5 you're revitalized for the entire evening.

metta
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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Best Meditation Technique for Relaxation

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