You can also download simple audio programs that will burn to mp3 format so that you can load your own meditations onto your ipod - if you're really into it you can even thread background music through guided meditations as well.
Non-traditional meditation is great - consider your daily walk as a form of meditation, letting your mind float free as you walk.
Using a tape and headset might help you focus and guide you. When my kids still lived at home I would use one of those sound CDs (i.e.; rainstorm, ocean sounds) that help mask the noise around you. The best on your journey.
I am new to Wicca,an appretice if you will... I am trying to learn mediation. I love all the suggestions. I was considering using a taped recording to walk me through it. My biggest problem is being void of distractions. Living in a small apt. in NYC w/ hubby, 2 teens & 5 cats, bet. the cats & street noise it almost seems impossible. Any advice??
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For me meditation is one of those things that ‘takes as long as it takes’. When I first started I used guided meditations. I would read them into a recorder and then play them back for myself. I like Delores Ashcroft-Nowicki’s Pathworking books for that, she is very good at walking you into the meditation & then back out. Her’s are long though about 30 to 45 minutes each.
I think that meditation should last as long as you need. I find there are days that I only good for a few minutes at a time and other days I am able to meditated for 40 minutes or so. If you are having difficult time why don't you start off and just do a few minutes someplace you like (i.e.; the shower, a bath, a quiet moment outside, or even a moment sitting at your desk without any distraction.) Just find a place that you can have time to yourself. Length of time will come with time and practice.
OK - dumb question of the day! How long do you mediate and how do you know when to stop. I've been trying to mediate every night for about 10 minutes, but I find myself glancing over at the clock thinking "Oh it must be 10 minutes by now!" when I'm like 3 minutes into it.
I've tried setting a timer, but then I get so involved the ringer startles me and I snap out too fast. Did anyone else have probs when they first started meditating or am I just a dingbat. It's ok - you can be honest.
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I've found a couple books to use as devotionals, plus I read the Bible I got for the holiday whenever I can get off my ass to do it. (I AM a religious studies major, after all...) The books are The Grandmother of Time by Zsuzsanna E. Budapest and One Witch's Way by Bronwynn Forrest Torgerson. I also read another pagan book if I'm not too tired.
Well, being a Discordian Hindu, I tend to do each chant 5 times... if I were really into spending a lot of time, you're expected to do them 108 times, but this allows me to get on with my day while honoring the gods.
Morning: Om gam Ganapatayei Namaha (x5) Om Ardhanarisvara svarupaya Namaha (x5) Om Gurur sakshad Parambrahma tasmai Sri Grurama Namaha (x5)
Evening: Om Namaha Sivaya (x5) Om gam Ganapatayei Namaha (x5) Om Gurur sakshad Parambrahma tasmai Sri Grurama Namaha (x5)
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