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					Meditation

  Why use it
 How to do it.
                          Disclaimer
• I am not an expert at meditation.
• I don’t know yoga and I don’t
  teach it.
• I don’t really use the spiritual
  aspects of meditative technique.
   – Some believe the pattern of
     breathing matters for flow of Chi,
     etc. I don’t
• Everything I say is just a
  starting point.
               What is Meditation?
• Meditation allows you to focus your mind on a
  specific task.
• Also very relaxing.
• Involves slowing the breathing
  and calming your mind.
• Can often involve a state of
  “No-Thought”
        Where Do You Use Meditation
• Ritual work
   – Focus on the specific task
   – Many physical tasks can be done mentally
• Energy work
   – Focus on your body
• Unwind after a stressful day
   – Specifically forcing your body to relax.
• Self exploration
   – Guided meditation
   – Focusing on a specific question or thought
            How to Position Yourself
• ANYWAY THAT MAKES YOU
  COMFORTABLE!
• Sit in a way so that you won’t pay attention to your
  body.
• If you have an itch, scratch it.
• If you are hungry, eat something.
• Eventually, learn to ignore or pause these impulses
                  Random Thoughts
• What to do with the random thought or distraction.

• Don’t try to ignore it.
• Acknowledge the thought or distraction. It exists.
  Then remember it doesn’t matter.

• Don’t block out thoughts. Allow them to pass
  through with such ease that they don’t register.
                         Technique I
• Dim the lights.
• Sit or lie comfortably.
• Close your eyes or find a pattern to focus on.
   – The ceiling usually works nicely
• Start playing some relaxing and not too detailed
  music
   – Best to avoid any music that uses words.


• Set a timer and try to go 10 minutes without thinking
  about anything but the music.
                       Technique II
• Dim the lights
• Sit comfortably
• Light a candle or a lantern
   – Will you set off any smoke alarms


• Watch the candle. Notice all its details.
  Try to predict its movement.
                    • Try this for 10 minutes
                     Technique III
• Dim the lights
• Sit or lie comfortably
• Close your eyes
• Focus on your breathing. Slow it. Consciously
  breath in and out.
• Imagine yourself standing on a ladder that leads into a
  deep black pit. With each breath out, take another
  step down the ladder.
• Continue until all thought ceases
           What to Do With Meditation
• Increased awareness of all reality.
   – Heightened sensory awareness allows you to see details
     you might have missed.
• Decrease awareness of reality.
   – Focus on your own self.
• Focus on one objective.
   – This can be ritual work, or healing, etc.
• Explore alternative consciousnesses.
   – Many traditions view meditation as an approach to seek
     new perceptions to existence and higher realities. (Astral
     projection, dream journeys.)
                  Shamanic Drumming
• “As the brain begins to track the beat, the thinking,
  everyday part of the brain, becomes mesmerised and
  begins to release its control over the senses and
  conscious awareness. “
• Standard Beat - THE DRONE
 The rhythmic sounding of the drum without
 accents or other modification. It is achieved
 by striking the drum in regular alternate up
 and down strokes using the Kerry style grip.
 This is the basis of the trance rhythm used
 by shamen to enter the spirit world. Also
 used as a basic meditation rhythm when
 adapted with the ‘wind’ movements
Drumming Meditation Uses
   • Drumming can be used for:
      – Dream Journeys
         • Shamanic traditions use this to enter other
           planes of reality.
      – De-stressing
      – Self examination
         • By focusing our conscious mind on the
           drum beat, we allow ourselves to become
           aware of the unconscious.


   • Drumming is very good for tapping
     the subconscious as a meditative aid.
          Trance - Stopping the World
• We all have preconceived filters that adjust our views
  on the world.
   – How do you know you I am really here?
• These filters adjust our views on reality and alter our
  focus.
• Stopping the world: pausing your filters and allowing
  your to look at things without any focus. To see the
  wider picture.
• Once the filters are paused, you can adjust your world
  view as your want. Used in Neuro-Linguistic
  Programming.
                 Trance - Technique
•   Whole point is to stop focusing and perceive with all
    senses.
•   If you are ever uncomfortable, STOP!

1. Look up slightly and focus on a point. Notice all the
   details of that point. Now notice everything else
   around you. Listen for voices. Feel for air
   temperature. You should be relaxing.

Reactions?
                 Trance - Technique
2. Now focus on the point again, but this time slow
   your breathing. Breath in for one count, and out for
   two. Force your heart to slow down.
3. Now relax all of your muscles. Stay perfectly calm
   and relaxed.



How are you doing? What is different?
                     Trance Technique
4. Focus on your spot, start the breathing, relax. This
   time as you breath in, think “Eeeee” and as your
   breath out, think “Ammmm”
At this point, don’t try to come out of the trance quickly. Come
    up slowly.


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Make the Line Disappear
                    Trance - Technique
• Now go through the whole thing
  again.
• When in trance, call up an
  image of yourself.
   – If it goes away, that’s fine. Just
     keep calling it up.
• Do you like the person you see.
  Is there something you want to
  change?
   – Why is it there? Is it good to
     have? Change it.
                              Summary

• Meditation involves relaxing and focusing the mind.
   – This can involve tapping the conscious or the unconscious.
• Meditation has many uses
   –   Ritual work
   –   Self exploration
   –   Expanding sensory awareness
   –   Exploring other planes of reality.
• There are many many many techniques out there.
  Find one that works for you.
                           References
• A good place to find free meditation music
   – http://www.poetseers.org/lin/free-meditation-music-downloads


• More information on Shamanic Drumming, this was my
  starting point.
   – http://www.geocities.com/talkingdrumpub/index.html
   – http://www.bodhranwisdom.co.uk/index2.html?Body=Basi
     cs1.html