Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book: 101 Essential Tips Everyday Meditation by Dorling Kindersley

A few notes from this little book, which is fairly 'meh':

* Don't try to meditate if you are busy or overstimulated (e.g. with caffeine).
* To aid relaxation, breathe slowly and deeply and say to yourself, 'I am relaxed, the muscles of my head and neck are relaxed. I am relaxed, the muscles of my shoulders are relaxed. I am relaxed ...chest, etc. I am relaxed. My mind is calm, my mind is relaxed. I am alert. My mind is awake.'
* Be patient with yourself.
* When visualising, use all your senses (sight, smell, touch, sound, taste).
* The untrained mind is like a 'chattering monkey'.
* See each thought coming and passing through like a cloud.
* Mindfulness - nothing is too insignificant to observe.

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