Just curious about if there are any other people lurking in here who practise meditation.
I myself practise tranquility/breath and walking meditation daily since a while, and find great benefit in it. Especially because I have to deal with psychic problems, and meditation seems to bring to me great relief and extra strength to deal with the pain. It took quite a while until it helped though, and teaching myself wasn’t always effective and brought me to many wrong tracks in the beginning…but I am very glad I kept going with it and went through the initial frustration, until it started effecting the mind in positive ways and became pleasurable.
I think meditation, if done right, is a simple and natural technique to enable the mind to train and cleanse itself. It can bring great changes to the personality and the way the mind works. It can make you very calm and patient, strengthen awareness and attention, make you less distracted, reduce “junk” going on in the mind and make you deal with it more effectively, enables you to deal with problems or negativity in better ways, bring strength to control your behaviour in positive ways and change your personality to the better, make you deal with other people in more controlled, effective ways, relief stress and regenerate body and mind, enables you to deal with and even heal problematic patterns in your psyche, …
Also I personally find it becomes a very pleasurable, relaxing experience once you reach deeper levels. There is peace to be found in the inside after all, and that peace can radiate into your daily life if you foster it well… It might also bring you to pain and push you through it at times, but I think often this will on the other side have the effect of making you more tolerant to stress and enabling you to control difficult situations in more effective ways.
Of course it isn’t all that easy. You will need to go through quite some pain and frustration until the more serious techniques will show effect. Every human has a unique mind, so the experiences may vary greatly, some reach deep levels after some weeks, some need many years of hard work for the same job. Also I think with advanced techniques it is important to make sure your ethics/morality is set up the right way, because you will be confronted with yourself and the reality if you look inside, and negative patterns in thought will have to be mitigated, else they might keep you from progress and make your sessions unpleasant. Not all possible experiences are desirable, and learning about the mind can also be a very humbling, if not humiliating, experience. Some people might be confronted with very negative things, up to the point where the practice can become harmful for them, so it is best to have a good teacher or other good source of detailed information on potential problems, so that problems can be handled in the right ways, and not cause too much pain…
So how are you going with it? Any experiences to share, and which techniques are you using to train the mind? Or also negative experiences?