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Self Meditation, Self Medication

Serene Sunday

i wanted to talk a little bit about meditation…

i think that when you do something as simple as drinking some wine or a beer, you are trying to reach a state of mind that is alternative to what you’re normally thinking.

maybe, you are looking for an escape, maybe you’re just interested in changing your mood.

meditation, to me, does that in a most natural way, without the use of any external stimuli, like beer, wine or even marijuana and other forms of drugs.

in fact, meditation and yogic breathing is serious stuff and can change your way of thinking permanently. so, it’s best to seek the advice of a guru or teacher, or read as much as you can on the subject. because yes, it’s a serious matter.

but meditation is good for those who worry a lot, or have a lust for material things. meditation is good for those who are tortured about the past and worried about the future.

meditation teaches self mind control, by viewing your thoughts and looking at them as if you are not attached to them. they are, after all, just thoughts with certain feelings attached.

in meditation you try to calm your mind and clear your mind of thoughts, and then just dwell in the very present, and a good way to help in that is to focus on your breathing.

by focusing on breathing, you focus on the quality of your breathing, and just witness it occurring. you also try to slow down your breathing. as everyone knows that quick breathing is a sign of distress or excitement. you slow down your breathing to help you clear your mind.

and you ask yourself why would i want to do that?

the practice is to clear your mind to discipline it.

an example that will explain this need to clear the mind is when we are constantly thinking about what we want, desires, lusts, cravings… this all has to do with the ego.

we close our eyes and focus on our breathing in order to draw our attention away from the 5 senses. it’s a way to train the mind, like acquiring Jedi Knight skills.

you train the mind, you train the body…

and meditation can be as simple as closing your eyes in a seated position, and simply focus on the breath… for 10 minutes a day. and this training will carry over to everything you do in real life.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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