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10 months of Lifeflow

Discussion in 'Project Meditation - Success Stories' started by TomL, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. TomL

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    It a few days, it will be exactly 10 months since I began listening daily to the Lifeflow files, and I have missed no more than 4 days during that interval. I will be 65 in August and my meditation background extends back to the '80s, when I began meditating using the Prayer of St. Frances as a mantra, after a book by Eknath Ekswaren, a Hindu teacher who lived in California at the time.

    In 1993, I was introduced to Insight Meditation (Vipassana) at a retreat at which Steve Armstrong was the teacher. Subsequently, I attended retreats at the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Mass. and other retreats taught by Mary Orr and Richard Travis. When I learned about binaural beats, I investigated Holoscan and several pieces of software for the iPhone. Holoscan was simply too expensive and the iPhone software obviously changed the beat frequency during a session, making entrainment difficult.

    Lifeflow seemed like a good compromise, and if it didn't work, it would be better to be out the lesser price. So I signed up, and determined to give it a fair trial, I used it 40 minutes a day from then on.

    First, let me give you the physiological results. My moderately-high blood pressure was reduced so much that my doctor asked me whether or not I was having fainting spells. By the 5th month I had quit taking hypertension medicine (Benicar) and was often running a pressure of 130/70.

    After about 6 months, I had developed the gumption to undertake the weight-loss program of Dean Ornish. Ornish specifies a low-fat diet, meditation and exercise as the key to a healthy life (and especially a healthy cardio-vascular system). As of this morning, I am down 16 pounds from my weight on January 1, and expect to be down 30 lbs. by the end of the year. My ultimate goal is to lose a total of 60 lbs. over a 2-year period.

    Although my professional training is in law and I earn a living as an oil landman, I also have played the violin off and on for 59 years. Last year, an organist-pianist friend of mine suggested that we play the 10 violin/piano sonatas of Beethoven in a recital series at the local art museum, and I agreed. Since then, I have been doing some heavy-duty training to get the lead out of my fingers and bow hand. I am convinced that meditating with Lifeflow has greatly improved my ability to address the music with one-pointed attention, and my technical and artistic improvement has surprised both me and musical colleagues. We have already performed the Sonata 9 (The "Kreutzer" Sonata) and Sonata 1. This coming season, we will be performing Sonatas 2 & 8.

    Doing Insight meditation to LF can be difficult. I find that my mind wanders far more than when I meditate in silence. After this month, I will probably add a 20-minute file of silence followed by the sound of a gong to the playlist of each LF level on my iPhone. That is the best way I have found to extend the meditation time without actually editing the LF file. The player is designed to sequentially play each file in a playlist without interruption, so the changeover to silence is seamless.

    One other practice I have found helpful is to enumerate all the things I have to be thankful for immediately after the LF session fades away. It takes 5-10 minutes and noticeably raises my vibrational level for the remainder of the day.

    My wife tells me that I have become far easier to live with since I have started meditating with LF. My contrary impression is that she is the one who has become easier to live with and that I haven't changed all that much. So much for our perceptions.:)

    My plans now are to continue to meditate with LF for the foreseeable future and I am looking forward to the 2 bonus recordings. It's been a great 10 months and the money I spent on Lifeflow was well-spent. Thanks for making it available.
     
  2. ambler

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    That's a very inspiring post.
    Do you mind if I ask you a quick question? Coming from Insight Meditation, did you choose to convert to following a mantra once you started using Lifeflow, or did you continue to meditate on your breath?

    Also, if you don't mind me asking, what level of Lifeflow did you get to? Did you find it a rocky ride in any way?

    Thanks for the information.

    A.
     
  3. Still Waters

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    Hi Tom

    Thanks for your post. Good to hear that is working so well for you.

    Oh and welcome :D
     
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    Great reading, thanks for your post :)
     
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    What a great post! Very inspiring, congratulations Tom. :)
     
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    Wow! What else need be said?
     
  7. olmate

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    My teacher uses a great term for people like you TomL - a lightning rod for miracles.

    The amazing positive energy that touches down through "grounded" people is a Joy.

    Well done.

    Nothing but the best...

    Olmate
     
  8. TomL

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    1. I've gone from 10 to 1 sequentially, one level a month.
    2. I still follow my breath and do not use a mantra. My work with a mantra was not very successful. It would produce incredible states of consciousness, but interruptions were actually painful. Ultimately, it seemed that the internal chatter just overpowered the mantra. With breath meditation, it came forth in a gusher and then things got really quiet. That was my experience, anyway.
     
  9. TomL

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    I forgot about the "rocky ride" question. The answer is no, I don't recall any rocky rides. There were some very scary rides during some of the Insight Meditation retreats I went to in the '90s, and I strongly suspect that LF would provoke some of that in persons just starting meditation. Who knows? It might happen to me starting tomorrow. When it's time for the Spirit to move, it moves, and no one knows when it will come or where it will lead when it comes.

    I didn't sleep very well the other night. I kept waking up thinking about the oil spill in the Gulf (I live in Jackson, Mississippi, about 170 miles from the Mississippi Gulf Coast). There is a dark, numinous quality to that whole disaster that is truly horrifying, as though a monster we have been nurturing for several hundred years is now taking on a life of its own and demonstrating to us - live on the Internet - the inevitable outcome of our technological hubris.

    The downside of practices that heighten one's sensitivity to and awareness of what Teilhard called the Noosphere is that one picks up on the bad stuff as well as the good. I'm not a psychic, nor do I claim to possess any special talents of powers in that direction, but the vibes coming from the Gulf are simply overwhelming to the extent that it makes me almost sick. I hope it's not as bad as I suspect it might be.
     
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    Watching (from afar) the Gulf, has been something that I have dedicated more than one meditation session to. There was an oil spill recently off the West Coast in Australia earlier this year as well. Whilst much smaller in magnitude, it too bought forward a spectrum of feelings and senses to me as it occurred.

    Without in any way diminishing the enormity of what is occuring in the Gulf, the sessions where I meditated on what was unfolding left me with an overpowering sense something akin to an "illness". My sense was that "healing" was necessary - within a broad range of contexts - physical, emotional and even spiritual.

    It is difficult to accurately convey this sense in words, however the intent for my small part into the universe is an express intent around the context of healing.

    Thanks again for bringing this to the forum.

    Nothing but the best...

    Olmate
     
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    Thanks for this, it is very encouraging to read, I am also trying to treat my blood pressure which can go from normal to high normal and sometimes worse. I was prescribed water pills for 3 months and it caused a rash, I decided to stop the medication and heal myself with a daily dose of 40 mins LF, Yoga and Pranayama (breathing exercises) since October 2009. I monitor my blood pressure daily and it has been improving.
     
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    Glad to hear of your success.

    Of course, combining meditation with cutting out fat (which will reduce your salt intake drastically) and (likely) eliminating high fructose corn sugar will go a long way to getting your BP under control. Exercise also helps a lot. I was in a hypertension study in the '80s at a local medical school where they concluded that weight reduction alone lowered BP in 70% of the population.
     
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    Hi Tom -- this thread came at a good time for me!!

    I'm on the every other month plan and finishing up LF7. Unfortunately, I haven't been as dedicated as you have been! I get in a Catch-22 situation -- when I visit the Forums, I remember/make a point to meditate. Unfortunately, when I visit the Forums, I also become convinced I'm doing everything completely wrong, throw up my hands and stop.

    I had decided earlier this week I need to just "shut up and do it." Since I find the Forum distracting, I'll add a tiny "M" on my calendar (next to all the other tiny letters for medications, exercise, etc!)

    I suffer from PTSD, PMDD, hypertension, and Type II Diabetes. My oldest son recently was released from prison, immediately found a job and seems to be doing great. My mother-in-law passed away from brain cancer. I thought we were (finally!!) easing into a good time and I was finally focusing on losing weight (down 20 lbs since mid-March!!) when our insurance company notified me that it would no longer cover one of the anti-depressants I take for PTSD and PMDD. Having been on the drugs for over 10 years now and being several years post-menopausal I decided to see how I'd do without the drugs. Then #2 son announced he was suicidal. He is only working part-time and not covered under health insurance. (He can come back on ours when the new laws go into effect in January because he's only 20). Getting him the care he needs has maxed out our line of credit, we borrowed from #3 son's savings account until it's down to zero and we are now financing his care by having our daughter take out as many student loans as she can. So for the last few weeks I've felt very "raw" (as well as very poor).

    Like you, Tom, I've compiled a playlist -- LF7 (which I start playing 20 minutes into the track so I can keep my whole session under 40 minutes), then the depression guided meditation, then the brief silence and Gratitude music (where I also think of all the good things in my life [great minds think alike])

    I find the Forum discussions fascinating, and I'm resolved to just not CARE whether I'm doing it right or wrong. I'm just gonna do it!!

    I hope by the time I reach LF1 I can report as many positive changes as you've experienced.
     
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    Hi Tom, I am so happy for you and all your wonderful results. I wish you continued peace, joy and good health :) :) :)
     

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