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Any meditation or visualization people out there?

I find that both mediation and visualization are really wonderful for me and my weight loss goals, but also for life in general. I am not a dreamy eyed cerebral person all the time. But I do find that even 10 minutes of silence each day, just focusing on my breathing helps calm me and also seems to have enabled me to focus and not get stressed out by multi-tasking mania. I am able to accomplish a lot more and to not let my mind drift so often toward obsessing on what's in the fridge or in the kitchen cupboards to eat...

I also find that when I have insomnia (which I do on rare occasions) I focus on my breathing and meditate right there in bed and this puts me right to sleep.

I can sometimes even meditate for up to 30 minutes when I have the time. I will even get up early just do start my day with it, because it centers me and prepares me. Just clearing my mind of all its frantic thoughts is amazingly helpful. I never fall asleep when I am meditating. I used to when I first started to learn how to do it. But not now. To fall asleep during meditation is pointless. Much better to remain focused on the breath or on a word(s) (or mantra) of your choice.

My blood pressure has really improved since I have been doing it. Anyway, just wondering if anyone else out there finds meditation helpful.

Sat. Sep 8, 8:53am

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To fellow Meditators/Visualizers

If you are looking to join fellow meditators/visualizers please check out the new Group "The Secret California." If you are unfamiliar with The Secret but use visualization in your life, please feel free to join. I started the group because I am interested in utilizing my innate power (will, spirit, consciousness) to call forth the best in myself while staying grounded and remembering to have fun. I have meditated for close to 20 years (kinda lost count) and am motivated in my goals.

Saturday, September 08, 2007, 11:52 AM

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Yes meditation is really helpful and I like it when I have a regular practice up and going. Glad to see there are others here who practice.

I was actually in a weight management program a number of years ago that had a meditation component. I found it really helpful to deal with stress. I got some long term results from doing that program.

I don't tend to meditate TO (get something) I meditate to meditate and I feel good...centered and calmed.

Saturday, September 08, 2007, 7:05 PM

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I started meditating because I was so stressed that I started to have physical symptoms (twitching muscles, sensation of being choked, etc). The deep breathing taught in pilates class really helped me refine my technique and now I can instantly recognize my stress symptoms and get things until control with some deep breathing. My insomnia is pretty much gone and so are my restless legs. Always thought of meditation as some new-age hippy thing, but there is definitely something to it!

I've not really tried to actually apply it 'to' something though - it's always been more of a reaction/reflection/calming thing for me. Good luck to you though and let us know how things are working out.

Sunday, September 09, 2007, 1:57 AM

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Meditating to get something...

Hi there. I am the person who got caught by the pc (politically correct) police, in other words I am the poster who suggested meditators might want to join The Secret California group. I need to clarify - I don't meditate for any reason other than it is part of my life. I failed earlier to say that people who meditate often are readily comfortable with techniques such as affirmation, visualization, etc. If anyone is interested in these types of techniques to loose weight, then there is a group for that. My journey in life has been enhanced by meditation beyond my wildest imaginings. Meditation for meditation sake rocks. My apologies if it seemed that I was using the thread in some way other than what it was intended for. Blessings to everyone.

Monday, September 17, 2007, 12:18 AM

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