amatlack wrote:Meditation is about learning to recognize thoughts as thoughts and nothing more. You sit in a pose that is designed to re-align your nervous system (it's kinda uncomfortable to begin with, but you get used to it), and you stare at a wall. When you first start, there will be tons and tons of thoughts running through your head, and your goal is to just say, "okay, that's a thought" and let it go (instead of being like, "this is boring, I could be exercising right now, and I don't think this is doing anything" and letting your thoughts take over). Over time, there are less and less thoughts, and that transfers over to the rest of your day.
Details on the pose are here: http://homepage.mac.com/doubtboy/ZazenInstructions.html
I can't do the lotus postures, so I just sit cross-legged. You can start with 5 minutes and work your way up to 20-30 a day. Most serious practitioners do 20-30 minutes twice a day.
I can definitely tell a difference when I am practicing versus when I don't...I don't get as irritated as easily when I practice, and I have less distracting thoughts going through my head.
I like Brad's writings because he's honest. He's a punk rocker who worked on monster movies in Japan for a while, then became a Zen monk. Not your traditional religious figure.
Okay, problem with this.... I have no where I could do this. I don't have any blank walls either, and staring a a wall that has sticky notes and a calendar and photos and cards on it probably wouldn't help.