Isolation tank, you'll never go back.
I'm going to have to recommend smoking pot
Indomitable- when you break you get right back up
Has anyone tried experiementing with emwave 2 for various activities (exercising, playing music, eating) and seeing how the coherance levels are effected?
sit, lie down, or walk. You can meditate doing all of these activities. And stop talking to yourself. For me yoga helps immensely, i do some yoga then relax and meditate. Being in a comfortable place with minimal distractions or in nature. .
Go do Vipassana. It's free and is 10 days and is available all over the world. http://dhamma.org
Vipassana. It is a meditation technique used by Siddharth Gautama to attain nirvana, therefore becoming the Buddha - the all knowing. It's pretty tough. I've done 2 10 day courses. I practice at home now. The level of concentration required even to learn the technique is high. It is incredibly powerful. And as you progress in this meditation , you will gradually understand the science and logic behind each step.
Why don't you try online meditation instructor course. You will save lot of travelling time and your mind will be relaxed.
Hi, I'm a mindfulness coach and this is what I recommend to my clients. You may find it helpful.
1. Bulletproof diet (obviously): I've been recommending this to all of my clients if they want to improve brain function and energy.
2. Nootropics: I'm aware of a few that Dave talks about but in addition to that I would also recommend Alpha Brain from Onnit I take two capsules about an hour to hour and a half before a sit and the effects are quite noticeable for me in terms of improved focus and mental clarity. I've also had success in improving vividness of dreams and better recall when taken before sleep.
3. Training specific Mind Skill Sets: These are all capacities that can be cultivated and improved through particular Mind Training exercises.
4. Having clear goals: This is very important for any endeavor that you undertake. What is the goal of your meditation practice? Reduced stress? Better mental performance? Enlightenment? Pain management? Increased empathy? Improved focus? Your goals will determine what practices you should do to achieve the results you're looking for.
5. Work with a competent meditation coach: There are many types of meditation practice. Finding the right techniques that will maximize results for your particular goals is challenging if you don't know much about mind training. Once you do find some techniques that work, often meditation can trigger periods of psychological confusion, overwhelm, frustration, etc. and can negatively effect your relationships, work and life in general. Working with an experienced, competent coach that is aware of these various possibilities and states that may come up on the meditative path is very important. They can give you a context in which to understand what is going on and help you with how to pass through these periods quickly. This is a dark side of meditation practice that many teachers gloss over because they want to sell you on all the good stuff. The good stuff is definitely there, but as a mindfulness instructor and coach I think it's important to be honest with our clients about the potential risks (though small) and also reassure them that they can be overcome. I have been through these phases and have learned how to navigate them quickly and successfully which is what I help my clients with.
6. Consistency: This is very important if you want to make any significant progress in any skill. If you want to learn piano, any time that you can throw at the endeavor is going to improve your skill and lessen the overall time it will take to achieve a certain level of proficiency. It is the same for meditation training. Practicing everyday for 20 min. will give you much better results than practicing once a week for 5 min.
I have many more detailed tips, tricks and techniques but I wanted to cover the big things to try and help you out without writing a book here.
I also have to say, good for you for taking responsibility for your mind and seeking out answers for how you can be the best you can be. Kudos.
If you're interested in having a free consultation to see if you would benefit from working with a mindfulness coach feel free to contact me @mikeredmer on Twitter
Best of luck in your practice.
Three phase approach to meditation of the integral institute (wilber)
Savasana - Extra points
I really personally enjoy having the heart math sensor and train 10 minutes a few times a day to practice going into state, its very engaging. This is a quickroad to developing the ability to ground and center yourself. I try to do it three times a day as an exercise. Doing 10 minutes before meditation is excellent, it keeps you better focus end make the best out of your time.
For experimental purposes, taking nootropics / mind-altering compounds during meditation might be cool / useful. As a long-term practice, it is not really beneficial. Consider the main point / purpose of meditation and then see whether adding a compound to make it easier is actually a good idea (it's not). You can create physical changes in the brain with meditation, but use a drug and you aren't seeing the advantages in most cases.
I have found a great Zen meditation course on Zencast: http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/programs/online-courses/
It is not only an audio course, you can also sign up to work with a meditation teacher who will get on Skype for 30minutes a week to follow your progress.
In the buddhist tradition, it is free and you can make donations as you wish.
I have written about my experience with the course on my blog: http://www.lovelifeproject.com/tag/meditation/
I use the app Lift: https://lift.do/
to log when I meditate. It helps me to make meditation an habit.
It is free as well
I try to just sit still without using props but sometimes I am not in the mood and I use two apps to start my meditation practice:
Omvana who has a library of audio meditation. Some or free, some are not
I have started to practice mindful eating as well recently. Does anybody do it ? Do you recommend some specific exercises or readings ?