I need to see my reflection

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NangaParbat
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I need to see my reflection

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Hello,

with all that stress and anxiety around I decided to turn to the knowledge of the Far East. I am not a believer, more of an agnostic. But I can't go on without a support or a belief in something greater and wiser. I am scared, anxious and full of doubt. I need peace, relaxation and reflection. I want to take a look deep into myself and maybe change? Or at least come to terms with some things.
I would like to start with meditation. Can someone please guide me how to go about it? How to start?




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NangaParbat wrote
I would like to start with meditation. Can someone please guide me how to go about it? How to start?
We are made of air, water, fire, and earth in a sense the hardness, the softness, the airiness, the fireiness, and so on. It is easiest to connect with breath, because one can feel its pulsations.
Find a quiet seat in your lodging, become one with breath (air). Feel the breath flow in, giving life to every cell in your body.
You are alive! just believe in yourself, that is more than enuf just now. The breath that comes in flows out too, in the outflow it removes your physical defilements, in a sense, so get used to sitting for a few moments and spending time with your breath.
It is not breath as object, but breath as a totality...how it flows in and flows out, this activity makes you forget all else, will by itself calm you. 
Meanwhile try to stay away from TV and news, these things tend to undo the good work you are beginning.
Good luck dear one!
With love  :candle:
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NangaParbat wrote: Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:19 am I need peace, relaxation and reflection.
To start basic meditation:

1. Sit with your spine/back naturally upright. If you cannot sit on the floor, sit on a flat chair or stool. Do not rest your back against anything. Sit naturally upright, so your body breathes free & easy.

2. Generate the intention to not hurt or cause distress to yourself or any other person. This will remove the hindrances to meditation, such as greed, impulsive sexual desire. ill-will, malevolence, etc. Think to yourself a few times: "May I find well-being & happiness; may others find well-being & happiness".

3. Finish the above and sit quietly. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.

4. When your body breathes in, acknowledge: "in"

5. When your body breathes out, acknowledge: "out"

6. Keep your mind with the present breath and continue the above; acknowledging "in" & "out" with each in-breath & each out-breath.

7. If thoughts arise, simply think: "The mind is now thinking. Now is not the time to think". Then let the thoughts drop & return to acknowledging each in-breath and each out-breath.

8. Continue the above until the mind feels calm & tranquil.

9. If persistent thoughts arise that appear important to your life, for which you cannot find a solution, ask a question on the forum about what Buddhism teaches about the issue.

OK. :smile: :meditate:
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Thank you.
It is a very difficult time for me. I will do as you say.

Thank you for being here with your kindness. I really need it now.
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Hello NangaParbat,

That's good advice from DooDoot in his post above !

This Buddhist meditation series with Ajahn Jayasaro on YouTube can be helpful for beginners. Here's the first one, which is the introduction:




With metta,

Aloka :)
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16. 'In what has the world originated?' — so said the Yakkha Hemavata, — 'with what is the world intimate? by what is the world afflicted, after having grasped at what?' (167)

17. 'In six the world has originated, O Hemavata,' — so said Bhagavat, — 'with six it is intimate, by six the world is afflicted, after having grasped at six.' (168)

- Hemavatasutta


links:
https://www.ancient-buddhist-texts.net/index.htm
http://thaiforestwisdom.org/canonical-texts/
http://seeingthroughthenet.net/wp-conte ... _Heart.pdf
https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
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