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ChasingRabbits
January 11th, 2011, 10:39 AM
I have a lot of pent up negative energy, I was told the best way to go about solving this is to travel inward through meditation and begin to sort the problems at the root. Problem is, I have no idea what I'm doing or even where to start. How do I sit? What do I even think about? I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with the whole subject, help is appreciated. :)

mouseytalons
January 11th, 2011, 11:27 PM
I have a lot of pent up negative energy, I was told the best way to go about solving this is to travel inward through meditation and begin to sort the problems at the root. Problem is, I have no idea what I'm doing or even where to start. How do I sit? What do I even think about? I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with the whole subject, help is appreciated. :)

I may have difficulty explaining how I started, but I will try. Yes meditation can help to relieve you of the pent up negative energy.:)
I usually try a yoga "indian sit", just because I find it helps me forget the physical pain as I progress into meditation.:hahugh: I find it best to clear my mind and think of absolutely nothing.:uhhuhuh: If I can't for some reason, do this, I try to visualize a peaceful meadow, near a stream, and hear the soft wind.:hi5: This will take you deeper into meditation, where you can access your inner most self, and deal with each stress individually.:)
This can be a long process, but it can be quite helpful.:) My best advice: do 1 stressor at a time, as it will make it easier to track your progress.:)
I just got done doing a year long spiritual healing process through medetation.:thumbsup: I learned that the reason I needed the spiritual restoration was that I got involved in a war that I was completely unprepared for.:mad: During the spiritual restoration, I learned how to best protect myself from similar attacks, and who and what I am capable of at this point in time.:hairred: I also learned to appreciate the little progresses.:)
Blessings, and I pray this helps you.:)

kaosxmage
January 12th, 2011, 04:20 AM
Shoot for 5 minutes a day when you're starting out. You can find 5 minutes. That will build all on it's own as you choose.

Sit comfortably in any position you like. Just be sure it's one you won't fall asleep in. From that point, simply be mindful of your breathing. Breathe in, filling your belly first and chest second. Pause between breaths, and breathe out. Really become aware of the way the air feels entering your lungs. Feel the different sensations as air passes out of your body again. Your mind is likely to wander, and that's alright as well. When you catch yourself wandering off the point, just gently bring your awareness back to your breathing.

That should get you started just fine. :thumbsup:

--Kaos

~*Sacred*~
January 12th, 2011, 02:46 PM
Great advice so far! Just keep trying, just keep trying....

mercurialmaven
February 12th, 2011, 05:27 PM
Shoot for 5 minutes a day when you're starting out. You can find 5 minutes. That will build all on it's own as you choose.

Sit comfortably in any position you like. Just be sure it's one you won't fall asleep in. From that point, simply be mindful of your breathing. Breathe in, filling your belly first and chest second. Pause between breaths, and breathe out. Really become aware of the way the air feels entering your lungs. Feel the different sensations as air passes out of your body again. Your mind is likely to wander, and that's alright as well. When you catch yourself wandering off the point, just gently bring your awareness back to your breathing.

That should get you started just fine. :thumbsup:

--Kaos

This is probably the best method to go with. Another good way to start is with a simple "flame exercise." Light a candle and focus on the flame. Often, when journeying within allows the mind to wander too much, having an external focus point can help keep the mind on track.

Focusing on all five sense is also a good way of channeling that kind of energy. Go through all of them- feel the air on your skin, smell it, focus on your taste buds, work your way through your body to find any tension and release it.

It can be very tempting to try to go for "the long stretch" when you first start meditating, but unless you have an established practice it can be difficult to keep things up without it starting to feel like a "job."

Good luck and keep working!

whitepuredove
April 14th, 2016, 11:30 PM
All great ideas. I also have issues starting. My mind is jysr always going. Need to meditate. I think i will start tonight. 5 minutes in a position I wont fall asleep in.

October
April 15th, 2016, 09:33 AM
It's honestly, in my experience, a matter of practice. It's not 'clearing the mind', that will never happen. The mind is far too active. It's about focus, usually on breath or something simple and stable like that (or a flame, or a picture, or whatever). My aunt describes it like having a toddler. The toddler ill wander off, you just have to gently bring it back. And when it wanders again, and it will, just gently bring it back, until it learns to sit quietly.

whitepuredove
April 17th, 2016, 08:11 PM
That is a great description. A toodler that wanders off.

Mikey
May 4th, 2016, 03:31 PM
I had a really hard time with meditation at first, it was very hard for me to gain focus but the best advice I got came from a book I've read "The Witch's Eight Paths of Power." It pretty much said to start with a candle flame, get comfortable and pretty much just gaze at the flame taking note of how it flickers and moves and the colors it creates, but stay focused on only that and only that. If my mind started to wander I would try and bring it back to that one thing, the flame. After I was able to focus on just the candle flame I slowly began meditating without it and it made focusing a lot easier for me.

October
May 4th, 2016, 03:42 PM
I had a really hard time with meditation at first, it was very hard for me to gain focus but the best advice I got came from a book I've read "The Witch's Eight Paths of Power." It pretty much said to start with a candle flame, get comfortable and pretty much just gaze at the flame taking note of how it flickers and moves and the colors it creates, but stay focused on only that and only that. If my mind started to wander I would try and bring it back to that one thing, the flame. After I was able to focus on just the candle flame I slowly began meditating without it and it made focusing a lot easier for me.

I have a terrible time focusing on flame. I can do it, but it's difficult. I wonder if you're a fire witch.

Mikey
May 4th, 2016, 11:48 PM
I have a terrible time focusing on flame. I can do it, but it's difficult. I wonder if you're a fire witch.

hmmm it's very possible, I do enjoy meditating with flame and do it often, I also often use flame for scrying and seem to get better results that way.

faye_cat
May 5th, 2016, 01:23 PM
As others as said, focusing on a flame is a great way to get practice. But you can also choose any element, either imagine it or find a physical representation of it.

Water: If it's raining, sit by a window or door and listen. Use one of those little surface fountains. Get a bowl and some oil or food coloring and swirl it, focusing on the patterns.
Earth: Sit by a tree and focus on small areas of it, whichever feels right to you: The leaves. The roots. The Branches, the bark. Sit on the ground, hands on the dirt, grass, etc and really feel it, without moving. Hold a rock and focus on it, the texture, size, coolness (or heat). The colors.
Wind: Sit outside and feel it. Listen to it when it whips and plays around you.

I like to do a simple breathing meditation (I have trouble with insomnia and trouble breathing) where I "colorize" my breath: blue for breathing in calm and health, red for expelling anxiety and disorder. I breathe in, see it go down to my lungs and the red energy is replaced by the blue. AFter about 5 minutes, I'm able to breathe and relax easier.

the whole 5 minutes thing has been mentioned, so just to expand on that a bit: Whenever you feel the need to sigh, pop or roll your neck/shoulders, take that opportunity (If you can, not while driving etc lol) to straighten your shoulders, breathe deeply for a moment, and just observe the world around you without sight.