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Re: Mustachian Meditation
« Reply #50 on: May 23, 2019, 03:59:34 AM »
There's a great 8-week free meditation course at palousemindfulness.com

Thanks for recommending this course @mushroom --I just watched this and have started the 8 week course

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBSO41ZimNs&index=1&list=PLbiVpU59JkVaWH5kKrkSCIkg0vKLr1p9f

A recent dive into some newly anxious behaviour helped me remember the benefits of consistency of meditation vs. the spotty 'here and there' I was attempting.

 Also, I installed the Moment app on my phone which tracks time spent online as well as "pick-ups"..The first two days I had between 17-20 pickups in the day and around 40-50 minutes, yesterday I had over a 100 pickups even though still only 'an hour of usage' spread over the day due to obsessive micro checking of time and messages.  Using mindfulness to examine this compulsive behaviour is my current goal with revisiting this challenge.

Thanks for this posting. I have started now as well. I just read all the text stuff to get started. I need to wait until Monday evening to watch the videos as I will spend this afternoon until Monday morning on a place without wifi and I only have limited mobile data. Next week I am also 4 days away from home/wifi.
My plan is:
Read up on getting started, FAQ, prepare a logbook and request fb access = done.
Read up on the text files for week 1 on Friday on mobile phone.
Practice the exercise each day this weekend at our cabin, if I can understand the exercise from the text files.
Watch the first batch of videos (week 1 basic) on Monday evening. And if there is time left, also the next batch (week 1 additional).
Do other things on tuesday. If still time, do exercise before bed time, otherwise skip.
Practice exercise the whole week, also during our canoeing trip next weekend.
Watch next batch of videos (week 1 additional) on Monday evening the week after, or on tuesday. If I have already seen them, then start on videos for week 2.

Annoying that youtube doesn't let you download videos (for free) Yes, there is a one month free trial, but too expensive per month if I forget to stop it. Also, there are sites where you can run a video to download something, but I don't know how secure that is. Don't trust it.

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« Reply #51 on: May 23, 2019, 09:42:41 AM »
It's fantastic to have someone doing the course at the same time @Linea_Norway

I have also been reading through the material and watching the videos.
I also started some of the supplemental reading, a book called The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution (good for me since one aspect of anxiety I express is comfort snacking!)

Enjoy your time at your cabin and canoeing!

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« Reply #52 on: June 03, 2019, 02:48:54 AM »
@Serendip How are you doing with your meditation course?

I have been away for 2 long weekends. It is surprising how little time I can find for myself to meditate on a camping/canoeing trip. Once I was pretty far progressed into a bodyscan meditation and got disturbed by DH looking frantically for mosquito repellent in the bags beside my head. I have done a number of sessions, but some not the full length, because of external factors. I hope they have a positive effect nonetheless.

This morning, before going to the dentist, I was home alone and did a breathing meditation. I managed to focus pretty well on my breathing. I got a little distracted by the fridge that started making noises, and once my thoughts swirled to something I had seen on TV, that said that swan longues have a different entrance and exit, in contrary to our longues who have only one.  But at least, the distraction was breathing related and I could get back to focussing on breathing quite fast.

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Re: Mustachian Meditation
« Reply #53 on: June 05, 2019, 08:46:00 AM »
Hello!

I'm posting to hold myself accountable, I'm suffering a lot from my mental health state and one of the things I'm for the next 33 days is to meditate, minimum 5 minutes everyday. The other things are journaling and starting therapy.

Will let you know how I'm progressing soon!

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« Reply #54 on: June 08, 2019, 08:46:49 PM »
Hello!

I'm posting to hold myself accountable, I'm suffering a lot from my mental health state and one of the things I'm for the next 33 days is to meditate, minimum 5 minutes everyday. The other things are journaling and starting therapy.

Will let you know how I'm progressing soon!

Welcome, great to have you joining us @brunetteUK!
5 minutes is a great daily goal to start with, let us know how your 33 day challenge goes :)

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« Reply #55 on: June 08, 2019, 08:56:21 PM »
@Serendip How are you doing with your meditation course?


I'm doing the course bit by bit @Linea_Norway ..sometimes using the body scan and sometimes using my Insight Timer app (I enjoy having variety) I agree, timing can be tricky.

 Was visiting my family this week and didn't do much meditating while I was there however I do feel that the practice has helped me be much less defensive & reactive than in the past (oh, family!) In a way, this feels more successful to me than logging minutes or hours because it's a true, lived experience : catching my own mind rushing to tell a story or spin a yarn rather than inhabit a particular moment. Breaking these long-standing patterns is slow but really liberating. These moments are the reason I would like to continue meditating.

 It feels potent to watch the mind, the patterns, feel the strong emotions and stories  (and get sometimes get caught up in them) but little by little be reminded that this too will pass.
It's like watching a summer storm.




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Re: Mustachian Meditation
« Reply #56 on: June 09, 2019, 11:57:35 AM »
I have been looking up what it costs to do a silent retreat. In my country with outrageous prices, this costs a fortune and is not quite Mustachian.

So I am thinking about an alternative. I think I should just go out on my own for a night in the forest and sleep in my hammock. After attaching a mosquito net to it. That would be free of cost. I would just need to remember to meditate often and not talk to myself, what I often do when alone.

Now I just need to think about a place that I would consider safe to do this. In the forest near my home, in a pretty crowded area, or rather near our cabin, where there live very few people, but lots of mooses. Need to think about it for a while.
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« Reply #57 on: June 09, 2019, 01:45:09 PM »
I've tried meditation on and off several times but never stuck with it. I Tried it again earlier this year when I was training for an ultra and it was very beneficial. After the race I did not continue the practice.

So, I'm starting again. I'd like to try the https://palousemindfulness.com course but after looking it over I think I'll start with the InsightTimer and some of the beginner courses until I've got a strong habit formed.

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« Reply #58 on: June 12, 2019, 05:10:57 AM »
I'm on day 8 and I've meditated everyday! I'm using Insight Timer as someone recommended earlier in the thread. So far I'm doing the guided meditations as I struggle a bit with doing it all by myself. But I can see some improvement already, I won't go overboard with the benefits but it does help me bring some inner peace and calm my thoughts.

Let's see how it goes!

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« Reply #59 on: June 12, 2019, 05:49:35 AM »
I am in my fourth week of the Palouse Mindfulness course. Apart from some issues the first 2 weeks, I have been doing the excercises, bodyscan, sitting meditation or yoga. Now I have an injured hip and still do as much yoga as I manage, just skipped the parts that I can't do.

Since last week, I have lower blood pressure values. I have been measuring my BP since Easter and at times it has been really high. The last week my average has gone down and for the first time I saw green values (green is healthy, red is disastrous). Most of my values before that have been yellow or orange (in between). So I hope it is an effect of the meditation. Althoug it could in theory also haven been the result of no longer being in a period of big stress at work, like the last 2 months.

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« Reply #60 on: June 12, 2019, 06:14:00 AM »
Day 6 for me.

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« Reply #61 on: June 13, 2019, 12:36:08 PM »
I've tried meditation on and off several times but never stuck with it. I Tried it again earlier this year when I was training for an ultra and it was very beneficial. After the race I did not continue the practice.

So, I'm starting again. I'd like to try the https://palousemindfulness.com course but after looking it over I think I'll start with the InsightTimer and some of the beginner courses until I've got a strong habit formed.

I love Insight timer as it has so many options!

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« Reply #62 on: June 13, 2019, 12:38:44 PM »
I'm on day 8 and I've meditated everyday! I'm using Insight Timer as someone recommended earlier in the thread. So far I'm doing the guided meditations as I struggle a bit with doing it all by myself. But I can see some improvement already, I won't go overboard with the benefits but it does help me bring some inner peace and calm my thoughts.

Let's see how it goes!

A streak is satifying--congrats!
 It's nice to settle into developing a new habit. Guided meditations are wonderful in different ways to the silent ones. Both have their place and glad you are finding some benefits :)

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« Reply #63 on: June 13, 2019, 12:45:08 PM »
@Linea_Norway --so cool to hear that your BP is lowering. Regardless of whether it's decreased work stress or increased meditation focus--either way, that's fantastic news.

I have been still moving through the course, but slowly am. I break it up in different ways but am loving all the teaching videos and resources.

My struggle in summer is to keep energy balanced when there is so much I want to do.
I woke up the other night at 2am and couldn't sleep at all until 6:30 (very, very unusual for me) but my mind was just filled with trivial little tasks (like 'bake a cake with the applesauce my mom gave me', 'clean the fan above the stairs since it's grey with dust'...small irritations but the cumulative effect was enough to disturb sleep. I did some mindful breathing, let myself write a list of things that were running through my head (about 30!) and drifted back to sleep early in the morning.

Summer is a high energy time but for someone who works with anxiety, the important thing is to keep my days (and mind) spacious and not-crammed full.

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« Reply #64 on: July 06, 2019, 03:55:59 AM »
30 days and I'm up to 15 minutes. I've been sloppy the last couple of days and let my mind run away for to long before I notice.

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« Reply #65 on: September 05, 2019, 06:46:35 AM »
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« Reply #66 on: September 05, 2019, 09:07:27 AM »
Posting to follow.  Meditation is so incredibly valuable!  If you manage to do it consistently you will find yourself more aware during the day, with less autopilot.  Good stuff.

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« Reply #67 on: September 05, 2019, 11:41:11 PM »
Indidnthe 8 week program before the summer vacation. During the 4 week vacation, I didn't meditate. And since I'm back, I have only done it twice. And once I really couldn't concentrate.
We are now in a period of quite some stress and a lot to do (house sale preparations). And I havn't prioritized to do meditation.

I will start up again after I quit working (in a few months).

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« Reply #68 on: September 28, 2019, 10:53:25 AM »
I just finished reading 10% Happier by Dan Harris. He is a Journalist and it follows his reporting, research and personal experiences into mindfulness and meditation.
There are a number of YouTube videos about the book and interviews with people in the book.

It was interesting including scientific studies of the benefits of meditation. Lot's of ideas for further study.

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« Reply #69 on: October 11, 2019, 05:35:18 AM »
I just finished reading 10% Happier by Dan Harris. He is a Journalist and it follows his reporting, research and personal experiences into mindfulness and meditation.
There are a number of YouTube videos about the book and interviews with people in the book.

It was interesting including scientific studies of the benefits of meditation. Lot's of ideas for further study.

I just finished reading that book a couple weeks ago as well. I've started to dabble in meditation a bit as well just doing about 7 minutes a day. I would definitely like to get a bit more serious about it and make it a daily habit. Reviving this thread as well to see how everyone has been coming along and if anyone has seen some noticeable changes in their daily lives?

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« Reply #70 on: October 11, 2019, 06:04:40 AM »
I just finished reading 10% Happier by Dan Harris. He is a Journalist and it follows his reporting, research and personal experiences into mindfulness and meditation.
There are a number of YouTube videos about the book and interviews with people in the book.

It was interesting including scientific studies of the benefits of meditation. Lot's of ideas for further study.

I just finished reading that book a couple weeks ago as well. I've started to dabble in meditation a bit as well just doing about 7 minutes a day. I would definitely like to get a bit more serious about it and make it a daily habit. Reviving this thread as well to see how everyone has been coming along and if anyone has seen some noticeable changes in their daily lives?

I just passed 4 months and am up to 20 min a day. As far as changes there have been a few times where I've been able to respond rather than react and that was interesting to experience.

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« Reply #71 on: October 12, 2019, 09:20:47 PM »
Thanks for reviving the thread @MasterStache  & @dblaace !

I have been on a reading plus walking spree and neglecting the 'sitting' practice of meditation but am very much aware of how much it benefits me.
Finished a weeklong hike recently and have been doing hour or two of walking ever since--it is meditative in nature but as the seasons turn to cooler weather I would like to resume the more formal sitting practice. Will re-install Insight Timer on my phone as (somewhat ironically), it seems to keep me accountable to myself to keep track on an app. :)
 

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« Reply #72 on: October 13, 2019, 12:48:10 AM »
I had a quick look at Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics - it's hilarious!

I think I really need to take up meditation - even if it is only for a few minutes a day. I could definitely use some of those benefits.

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« Reply #73 on: October 13, 2019, 05:40:18 AM »
Thanks for reviving the thread @MasterStache  & @dblaace !

I have been on a reading plus walking spree and neglecting the 'sitting' practice of meditation but am very much aware of how much it benefits me.
Finished a weeklong hike recently and have been doing hour or two of walking ever since--it is meditative in nature but as the seasons turn to cooler weather I would like to resume the more formal sitting practice. Will re-install Insight Timer on my phone as (somewhat ironically), it seems to keep me accountable to myself to keep track on an app. :)

I love the cooler weather. I seem to walk more. I walked about 4 miles yesterday but really struggled to keep my mind from wondering. It was a beautiful morning and I really should have been more focused on the now and the beauty around me. I'll keep trying.

I'll be raising my sitting meditation time up to 10 minutes this week. Was doing 7 for a couple weeks but time to step it up a bit.

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« Reply #74 on: October 15, 2019, 05:08:59 PM »
I had a quick look at Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics - it's hilarious!

I think I really need to take up meditation - even if it is only for a few minutes a day. I could definitely use some of those benefits.

Just requested this book at the library. I had heard great things about it and listened to a funny podcast with Dan Harris about the events leading up to his very public breakdown which led to his exploration of meditation-- but totally forgot about it, so thanks for the reminder :)

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« Reply #75 on: October 15, 2019, 11:37:53 PM »
I had a quick look at Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics - it's hilarious!

I think I really need to take up meditation - even if it is only for a few minutes a day. I could definitely use some of those benefits.

Just requested this book at the library. I had heard great things about it and listened to a funny podcast with Dan Harris about the events leading up to his very public breakdown which led to his exploration of meditation-- but totally forgot about it, so thanks for the reminder :)

Pleasure! My library has it too... as soon as a copy comes in, I'm snaffling it up!

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« Reply #76 on: October 16, 2019, 06:07:32 AM »
I had a quick look at Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics - it's hilarious!

I think I really need to take up meditation - even if it is only for a few minutes a day. I could definitely use some of those benefits.

Just requested this book at the library. I had heard great things about it and listened to a funny podcast with Dan Harris about the events leading up to his very public breakdown which led to his exploration of meditation-- but totally forgot about it, so thanks for the reminder :)

Much to my surprise my library had it. I put it on hold and will pick it up tomorrow at the Library book sale.

Trying to read Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn. I'll just say I don't think it's for beginners.

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« Reply #77 on: October 17, 2019, 02:47:17 AM »
I had a quick look at Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics - it's hilarious!

I think I really need to take up meditation - even if it is only for a few minutes a day. I could definitely use some of those benefits.

Just requested this book at the library. I had heard great things about it and listened to a funny podcast with Dan Harris about the events leading up to his very public breakdown which led to his exploration of meditation-- but totally forgot about it, so thanks for the reminder :)

Much to my surprise my library had it. I put it on hold and will pick it up tomorrow at the Library book sale.

Trying to read Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn. I'll just say I don't think it's for beginners.

His 8 week free online course, Palouse mindfulness, is for beginners.

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« Reply #78 on: October 18, 2019, 05:22:42 AM »
Just checked out Full Catastrophe Living. I've read a couple other books and have seen this one mentioned several times. I took a walk in our local park the other day. It was a gorgeous day and I plopped right down in a big open grass field and meditated. With a cool breeze blowing, sun shining down and birds chirping I felt it was much easier to stay focused.

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« Reply #79 on: October 21, 2019, 07:37:58 AM »
@MasterStache There's an app that has all of John Kabat-Zin's recordings (as well as some other features that I don't use). It cost me about $13 CAD, but since I use it every day, I find it to be well worthwhile. The app name is JKZ Series1

I'm on round 2 of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program that the book outlines. I did the first course on my own last March/April and found it to be magnificent. Unfortunately, after completing the 8 weeks I gradually lost the habit and my anxiety ran rampant again. So I registered in a program (free for me through Veterans' Affairs Canada) and after a slow start where I wasn't too adherent, I'm now back in the full swing of it and am feeling great.
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« Reply #80 on: October 22, 2019, 05:18:15 AM »
@MasterStache There's an app that has all of John Kabat-Zin's recordings (as well as some other features that I don't use). It cost me about $13 CAD, but since I use it every day, I find it to be well worthwhile. The app name is JKZ Series1

I'm on round 2 of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program that the book outlines. I did the first course on my own last March/April and found it to be magnificent. Unfortunately, after completing the 8 weeks I gradually lost the habit and my anxiety ran rampant again. So I registered in a program (free for me through Veterans' Affairs Canada) and after a slow start where I wasn't too adherent, I'm now back in the full swing of it and am feeling great.

Thanks for the tip. I'll check that out. We have had a busy couple of weeks and I have not been so great about keeping up with daily meditation. Also trying to kick a caffeine habit.

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« Reply #81 on: October 22, 2019, 05:25:20 AM »
@MasterStache There's an app that has all of John Kabat-Zin's recordings (as well as some other features that I don't use). It cost me about $13 CAD, but since I use it every day, I find it to be well worthwhile. The app name is JKZ Series1

I'm on round 2 of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program that the book outlines. I did the first course on my own last March/April and found it to be magnificent. Unfortunately, after completing the 8 weeks I gradually lost the habit and my anxiety ran rampant again. So I registered in a program (free for me through Veterans' Affairs Canada) and after a slow start where I wasn't too adherent, I'm now back in the full swing of it and am feeling great.

Thanks for the tip. I'll check that out. We have had a busy couple of weeks and I have not been so great about keeping up with daily meditation. Also trying to kick a caffeine habit.

I also haven't prioritized it after finishing the 8 week course. I did enjoy the mindful yoga most.
My plan is to start again from January when I have stopped working. I have prepared my coming paper journal for logging it.