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Mantra to the left and other thoughts

Discussion in 'Meditation Chatter Box' started by ferrigno, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. ferrigno

    ferrigno Member

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    Hi, I have some thoughts and observations id like to have commented.

    1. When I am thinking my mantra It has a tendency to stay in front of me on the right side so to say. And when I let it come closer - thats when I really lose myself in it, but still its on the right side. Hard to explain, think of it as hovering in front of the right eye or something! When I move the mantra to the left side I have a tendency to go to sleep. I'm I crazy or is this happening to anyone else? I actually use another word to think to the left when I'm having difficulties sleeping, and it works fast.

    2. Also, sometimes another kind of similar word to the mantra comes in and "plays" on top of my usual mantra. And as I do not usually interfere, but letting things happen It goes on for the rest of the sitting.

    3. Ive read that people usually have their mantra going fast or at normal speed in the beginning the getting slower over time. Often for me the mantra speeds up when it starts to feel good and can get into crazy speeds, almost like speeding up a tape recording to the degree that you can no longer hear what its supposed to sound like, then it kind of flies away spiraling up in the sky and a stillness comes. Happened to anyone else?

    4. One more thing: I achieve my best sessions in a cluttered room. Best to be alone and not to many sounds but when the environment is to ordered I feel a pressure to perform. When the surroundings are disordered I feel like I am more independent. Sounds weird?
     
  2. Edwin

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    trying to read objectively, it sounds like your weird... but I can't read objectively, and for some strange reason I understand what you mean :eek:

    Guess we are both weird :p

    I have the same thing with the sounds of LifeFlow... I see them. LF10 even has the water sound right in the middle between my ears, and having water flowing inside your head is a strange feeling :D

    I guess the mind tries to cope with things that have no solid form, and gives them colours or shapes.

    Moving your visualisation of the mantra to the other side might have to do with left-right hemisphere of the brain, but I am a locksmith, not a brain specialist... who knows ?

    Most importantly tho: Does it interfere with your meditation or do you see it as a part of meditation ?
     
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    No, I love my meditations. It might just be me over-analyzing! I love the lifeflow10 but not when I'm into my serious meditation, I want to be totally self reliant then. I sometimes listen to it when I feel I won't be able to concentrate to well by myself, then it pushes me over the edge, quite soothing.

    Ps:And I'm no weird guy, only when Im meditating appaerantly:)
     
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    Clowns to the left of me - Jokers to the right - here I am stuck in the middle with you!!! You have had me in total stitches and added fun to my working lunch guys. I couldn't stop laughing at your comments. I don't think either of you are weird and as someone once said "Don't take life too seriously, after all you're not going to get out of it alive."
    I have just gone through your previous posts ferrigno and the mantra you have chosen doesn't seem to have ever suited you. I noticed you commented on another similar word to your mantra comes into play on it's own. If you are comfortable with this word or sound why not use that one, if not pick something else. Because I am not analytical I probably pay little attention to lots of things during meditation and just trust that whatever happens is right for me. Unless I feel uncomfortable that is and then I try to observe why this is. I have only been doing this in the last few weeks or couple of months at the most. During the first 6 months or more I literally went with the flow. I do and have noticed for a long time now though, how meditation is bettering my life and how I am more aware of how, why and what I do and am able to change for the better through this. Meditation cultivates the inner observer but cultivation takes time and patience. I hope this helps. Happiness and joy :) :) :)
     
  5. ferrigno

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    Actually the mantra I use now IS a new one. and the other mantra that comes in is different every time. Its not like all these strange things happen all the time, I just noticed it some times and wanted to know if someone has been through the same thing. I haven't been meditating for so long but Ive made a habit of it, I feel much better every day since I started. I wouldn't have made a habit of it if I would sit there wonder what kind of strange things are happening to me. I feel I do as you do pollyanna, I go with the flow. And the experiences Ive gotten out of this is incomparable to anything, and if it deepens with time I know Im on the right track. I glad you took the time to reply to this thread. peace!
     
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    well it sounds like you are doing it right, you just have different experiences.

    Some things that we experience seem normal to ourselves, while others might have never felt that way.

    I now sometimes actually "fall" asleep, involuntary muscle spasm and all !
    ( like the strange jerky movement people make when sleeping in the train and suddenly waking up, leaving that person redheaded and wanting to crawl under the seat chanting "I am not here, I am not here" ).
    I think it has to do with the fact that I am not getting enough sleep because my daughters sometimes wake up at 2 in the morning :(

    I trust it to go away when I do get enough sleep again.
     
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    Yeah, I do that to! especially when I'm up before work at 5.50 in the morning this jerky behaviour is present:). But after re-entering the world Its like i've been powernapping and the rest of the meditation is relaxed and free of thought. Maybe a way to achieve lucid dreaming, don't know(anybody into that?)
     
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    Perhaps it is something as simple as holding more tension in your right eye or on the right side of your face?
     
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    "Perhaps it is something as simple as holding more tension in your right eye or on the right side of your face?"

    Yes, maybe thats it.
     

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