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Old September 20th, 2012, 17:14   #1 (permalink)
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Default Some guidance for a newbie

Hi everyone!

I'm pretty new to the meditation fold and just wanted to get some feedback on my experiences so I know if I'm on the right track.

I recently went through a period of anxiety which brought on a few panic attacks. This caused me to evaluate my life and way of thinking and in retrospect I found that I probably always have been anxious and caught up in my thoughts to some (exorbitant) degree. Which led me to giving meditation ago.

Anyways, I've only really been practicing for around a month and only regularly committed to it for say the last week or two. I've been using the Lifeflow sample, which I play simultaneously with a guided mindfulness meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn (The original Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction one).

Long story short, since adding the Lifeflow sample, my experience has been a little different. I wouldn't call it falling asleep exactly, as I'm certainly aware of the dream like things going on at the time, even though I can't remember afterwards. I seem to slip in and out of this dream like state, between it and drawing my attention to areas of my body as the track states to do. Also, I don't seem to 'wake up' per se, that is to say it doesn't feel like waking up inthe conventional sense and I always become conscious again (for want of a better explanation) when the track ends.

Is this an indication that I'm on the right track or should I change my technique? It's only been such a short while, and I do feel some benefits/changes, however it's probably too early to say so with any conviction.

Many thanks for any help or guidance!
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Old October 8th, 2012, 13:27   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Shields,

Id say thats perfectly normal. Try not to fall asleep, so you can focus on your mantra/breathing, but if it happens its ok. If you get aware of it, try to easily come
back to your mantra/meditation again, but dont force anything.

My experience is, that when im emotionally blocked, im falling away more often asleep when meditating with lifeflow, then when im clear minded. I guess thats somehow a mechanic from the mind to shut itself partly down when its overwhelmed, but thats just my theory.
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