I reckon you're doing it right, but that your expectations of what you may expect to gain from meditation is possibly 'wrong'.Niagara wrote:I've tried, but so far with little results. I just don't get a lot from it. Maybe I'm doing it wrong.
Yes, I agree. I just tipped up at a Buddhist drop in meditation class; that's what got me started. I've read both of Tolle's books, but he's a bit flowery for my tastes. He's basically teaching present moment awareness; mindfulness; it's a Buddhist thing but Jon Kabbat Zinn kicked it off as a mainstream psychiatric practise some years back.Niagara wrote:Sometimes it's a bit overwhelming surfing for this stuff. Many different schools, and opinions. *brain explosion*
I've also done a two year course in Buddhist Thought, Gelug Buddhism, which is heavy on analytical meditations, which may sound more glamorous than what they actually are. It was interesting though.
But I think the best place to start is with good old fashioned breathing meditation; just meditating on your breath. The breath is portable (it's always with us) and it's fairly cheap (the governments not taxing us on it, yet). There's guided meditations on your breath on youtube, and if you find meditating on the breath boring, just stop breathing for a while and you find it becomes very interesting a short time later.