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Mind in overdrive

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 31yrs • F •
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Mind in overdrive
Recently ive been very stressed out, mentally dealing with cancer and having the fact that im not immortal thrown in my face, my minds been in over drive. Ive realised im a very anxious person, the time i had of i spent worrying about not doing anything in this time, and how thats going to somehow ruin my life, yes i know, im irrational sometimes... Now recentyl ive been considering some kind of meditation, something to relax my mind, does anybody know of any techniques i could try, or what worked for them,



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 37yrs • M •
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Are you looking for specific religious techniques (what religion) or just simple relaxation?

Either way, it requires some commitment on your part. I recommend setting aside 5-10(15 if you're up to it) minutes a day to start. Simply sit in a comfortable position (don't lay down or go to sleep), close your eyes, breathe deeply (but not uncomfortably) and just attempt to let your thoughts go. Don't try to force them away, let whatever wants to happen, happen.

After doing that for a while, read up on specifics.

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"A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. - Thomas Carlyle"
 32yrs • M
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George Ohsawa (the founder of macrobiotics in the West) would say that cancer is caused by an unbalanced, unhealthy diet (caused primarily by too much yin foods and drinks.)

I've been reading about and practicing (at my own pace) macrobiotics for about 2 months now. I haven't overcome any illnesses or anything but the whole philosophy and pragmatism of it makes sense to me on an intuitive level.

As far as I know (I haven't checked in depth) there are testimonies of people who have overcome cancer through the practice of macrobiotics. The movie "Healing Cancer From Inside Out" by Mike Anderson I believe contains a couple interviews of people who overcame cancer without any chemo or conventional medication. You can download a torrent of it and watch it for free if you like.

In regards to meditation, there are many different techniques for many different purposes. I use the term "techniques" because I've read that meditation in its truest sense is a state of mind that must be achieved - the techniques can be used to get us there.

There are techniques for visualization, concentration, relaxation (as Wyote mentioned) will power cultivation and some even advertise to be a path to God-realization.

One of the most basic techniques that I learned (that was said to be meditation) is simply sitting in a comfortable position, not lying down so you don't fall asleep, with your eyes closed and being aware of your breath. Be aware as you breath in and as you breath out - don't make any effort to change your breath either - just be aware of it.

I learned this technique while attending a 10-day retreat at a local vipassana center (it was about 4 hours away.) It was completely free - free stay and 2 meals plus a snack each day. I made a measly 20 dollar donation at the end of the program.

The center I attended had been completely run by volunteers since the 80's. I even hitched a ride with a couple other people who were in my general area who were attending the same 10-day course.

Here's the link to their website if you're interested:

Good luck!

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