Once you get to that ‘place’, you can return to it wherever you are with just a moment of mindfulness.

The contortionist stuff? Yeah, I did that as a teenager. Read a book on vipassana meditation I think and it had some exercises to do. after I while, I found just keeping two fingers together (thumb and middle) was enough, and then after a while I didn’t even need a dark room or quiet or the finger position or the candles.

Once you get to that ‘place’, you can return to it wherever you are with just a moment of mindfulness.

I’m still not ‘there’ yet though and I’ve rolled in parts from other traditions that were helpful as well, but to me, it’s all functional and purposeful.

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When I was into the Eastern Orthodox stuff, I messed around with prayer rope; it’s like rosary beads (that’s where the beads came from but it was originally knotted rope). Still have it somewhere. Handmade from a monastery somewhere.

Then I used the Jesus Prayer:

“Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of God,
Have Mercy on Me,
A Sinner”

Repeat it, link it with your breathing. It worked. Took me to the same place that “Ooom” did too.

When I’m stressed, sometimes the Jesus Prayer comes back to mind. Sometimes just the word, “Release” – that’s my cue to let my shoulders down.

I think THAT one came from a Chi Gong class I took once long ago. They had you imagine a string of pearls coming down through the top of your head.

Somewhere along the line though, I found imagining marionette strings holding my shoulders up from the sky, and when I said, “Release”, the cords would be cut, and my shoulders would fall to their natural position.

Then when they rose up again, I’d say “Release” in my mind again.

All stuff I could do during the day, while talking to people or whatever.

Mindfulness. That’s what it comes down to. An awareness of body posture, breathing, what you’re thinking about, the feelings passing through you when they’re passing through you, etc.

Try it. I think the complicatedness of it helps distract your body so you can focus your mind better.

Candles or iconography help focus your eyes and distract them so your mind is more free.

etc.

Makes sense to me that there are multiple paths to the same useful place.

Another trick I learned from a guy going to drug rehab.

Reciting exactly what you’re doing while you’re doing it.

Like if I did now, I’d say, “I am typing on the keyboard. I am looking at the screen, reading the words that are coming out. I am wondering where these thoughts arise in my mind and how they come to show up on the screen.”

Or if I’m stirring my coffee: “I am stirring my coffee. I am watching the patterns formed by the creamer”.

I think it’s an AA technique – not sure.

All good stuff.

First exposure was biofeedback training at age of 11. Made a computer beeping go up and down with my mind. Probably what started it all. Had/have anxiety issues so it’s necessary so that I don’t have to use medication. [I’m probably ADHD or somethin’ I dunno].

Breath in for 6 seconds, hold for 6, breath out. I think they called it “QR” – it’s not around anymore.

Wait no no – it’s before that. 3rd grade. Stuttering. Yup that’s where it started.

Strawberry paste on the back of the throat so I knew where to put my tongue.

I had to consciously pause, not say “Um” or “Uh”, learn to *not* say my every thought… .and if I felt a stutter coming, to just…

stop. Take a breath. Think. Notice how the words form as you’re saying them. Picture the position of your tongue in your mouth.

Yeah, so since I was 8 yrs old, been doing this stuff. All the same idea.

First exposure was biofeedback training at age of 11. Made a computer beeping go up and down with my mind. Probably what started it all. Had/have anxiety issues so it’s necessary so that I don’t have to use medication. [I’m probably ADHD or somethin’ I dunno].

Breath in for 6 seconds, hold for 6, breath out. I think they called it “QR” – it’s not around anymore.

Wait no no – it’s before that. 3rd grade. Stuttering. Yup that’s where it started.

Strawberry paste on the back of the throat so I knew where to put my tongue.

I had to consciously pause, not say “Um” or “Uh”, learn to *not* say my every thought… .and if I felt a stutter coming, to just…

stop. Take a breath. Think. Notice how the words form as you’re saying them. Picture the position of your tongue in your mouth.

Yeah, so since I was 8 yrs old, been doing this stuff. All the same idea.

 

Well, the only thing I’d consider prayer is referred to as “noetic prayer” – prayer of the nous. That, to me is equivalent to meditation as it leads to the same place.

But then there’s a thing called prayer which is wishing, which I consider wishing.

But then… there’s something inbetween. It’s like … oh this is gonna sound corny, like being a “Love Transmitter”.

Ok, I said it. It’s corny, but I don’t know any other way to describe it.

 

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