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Methods of brief meditation October 16, 2006 2:54 PM

For the days I don't have time to sit zazen, does anyone have any suggestions on brief meditation. Whether it be walking, sitting, or in general? It seems the only time I have my thoughts to myself are in between tasks at work, when I'm commuting, or (sometimes) when I'm falling asleep. Anyone have any suggestions of brief meditation to clear my mind of all the mess?

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Gassho meditation Reiki and a walking meditation October 17, 2006 2:53 AM

Hi Theresa, I experience that the traditional Reiki Meditation called "Gassho" is a good and easy alternative.

put you hands together at heart level, breath in (mouth closed) into the Energy center about a hand under the navel, breath out through your mouth. Let your awareness stay between the fingertips of the two touching middle fingers.

I find it very centering - even if I do it only 5 minutes... 

While walking you could do it like adviced by Thich Nhat Han: imagine a lotus flower growing under your feet every time you lift a foot ...or just turn your attention totally on the feet touching the ground while walking.

Hope this is useful for you.

Love, Dagmar

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workplace October 17, 2006 2:56 AM

the simplest method i know   to re-center is to breath consciously into the energy center below the navel (...additionally you could imagine breathing in white light through all of your body ...)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 October 17, 2006 3:58 AM

Hello. When in the hondoh and walking to and from one`s zabuton (as opposed to cleaning the place), one does "walking zazen". I am not sure if this is exactly what you had in mind, but I will post a link for you to have a look at anyway.

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Focus October 17, 2006 4:24 AM

When I don't have time (or is it that I don't make time?) to actually sit, I try to focus on the actual moment and mindfully attend to whatever chore I am working on. Being in the moment throughout my day has been both a challenge and a release!

Peace to All!

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Mindfulness October 17, 2006 8:46 AM

I try to stay present and mindful throughout the day.  Meditation helps me do this.  Whenever I catch myself drifting off into the past or future, I stop and focus on breathing.  It could be driving to work or waiting for a meal.  It could happen at anytime anywhere, if only for a minute or so. 

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New to the group..And a method that works for me... October 25, 2006 2:14 PM

Folks, I just joined in. I would like to share a method that truly helps me practice besides sitting meditation..

This was an exercise suggested by David Fontana in his book Discover Zen.

It looks simple, yet not. You may want to try:

He suggests where ever you are, please turn your head very slowly from left to right and observe each object and event along the line of sight and DO NOT make any judgement at all about it. The idea is to appreciate each object and event in it's own purpose and become aware of it and appreciate the moment and derive peace out of the moment.

I try to attempt this for just a minute or two when I feel I need to calm down. It helps me a lot. Would like to hear your experience with this.


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 October 25, 2006 3:18 PM

Thanks guys! I see a couple things that I will need to try.  [ send green star]
Smile October 27, 2006 5:37 AM

Another tool I use, especially when life is hectic, is to just put my hands together and remember to smile. Even the smallest smirk relaxes and changes my outlook. Even my monkey mind stops to feel the effect.

Peace and happiness!

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Shikantaza - About no thought as a mode of meditation October 28, 2006 12:20 PM

I read this book that offers another thought on meditation ----------The Art of Just Sitting, Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza - by John Daido Loori. You may want to try this...

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 October 28, 2006 2:02 PM

This is an interesting thread to me.

I gave up meditation after 9/11/2001.

I was a rescuer at the WTC the day of the attack, and suffered a lot from the memories.  All meditation did was bring the memories out of hiding into the zone of conciousness.

So, you can imagine that I avoided it.

The other day, I got some pressure from someone; techically he dumped toxic thoughts in my head.

I put my head down, and mediated !!   I came out if feeling pretty dam good.

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 May 28, 2007 1:53 PM

Thich Nhat Hanh

Breathe Yourself Into The Now

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 September 11, 2007 2:04 PM

before you walk out the door take a deep breath, exhale and and know that what ever happens today, that tomorrow the sun will still rise.   [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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