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Meditation's what you need. Sunday September 4, 2016

I never thought that I would become someone who meditates. Who me? Me of the demented hamster on a wheel brain, sitting on a chair, clearing my mind and meditating each morning? You. Are. Having. A. Laugh.

I discovered meditation when I was really unwell. I started off using 'Headspace's free 'take 10' guided meditations to give me a structure. Then I discovered 'Stop, Breathe and Think' which is a free app including guided meditations for specific issues and self meditation timers for your own practice. I now find myself having a daily meditation either using a guided meditation, a timer or music from the app, something which was unthinkable when I was consumed by my stressful career and not looking after my wellbeing.

I can follow the meditation and bring back my errant thoughts as many times as I need to. Meditation seems to do something to my hamster brain, leaving me soothed and calmer.

I used my early meditation practice to deal with a particularly nasty panic attack; just counting my breaths helped me to deal with a situation that I felt I couldn't cope with.

My practice isn't perfect and there are days when my mind feels impossible to bring back, but I just continue to try and bring it back without judgement. Again, something that would have been impossible not that long ago. One of the five ways to wellbeing is to learn, and I'm learning every day with meditation, both in terms of my practice and in terms of myself.

So, apologies to Roy Castle and Record Breakers, but meditation's what I need.

A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Mo Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 7:05am

Thanks for the suggestion of the app I have downloaded " stop breathe and thnk".
I lost my partner on 3rd Aug after a massive heart attack he was only 64.. I am struggling with being on my own at the moment, although everyone around me have been wonderful, it's the times when you are at home and he is around me with all his things and our memories, I know time will heal but I miss him so much and we never got to say goodbye. Meditation is wonderful I had forgotten how it can relax your mind, I thank you for suggesting a good little app. Mo Xx

Bearofliddlebrain Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 8:27am

Dear, dear Mo, I am deeply saddened you have lost your partner and so suddenly. Be kind to yourself as it is still so will never not miss him. This is a new chapter in your life and maybe the meditation will help, but keep loving the memories of him. It is so sad that he died so young and suddenly but he knew you loved him. Huge Bear hugs xxxxx

S Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 9:41am

Mo, I am really sorry to hear that your husband died. I feel for you, Sx

the room above the garage Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 10:37am

Hello Mo, very sad to hear of the heartbreak you are facing. I lost a young friend (44) to a massive heart attack in July and it's so shocking. For me 'just' a lose your partner brings your whole world into question. It's very encouraging to see that you can post the words, it cannot have been easy to do. I hope you will lean on us in here whenever you need. Sending you much love, ratg x.

Duma Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 12:53pm

Mo. No words.

Rats Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 5:45pm

Sorry to hear of your loss Mo. I hope that meditation will bring you some comfort during this difficult time.x

LillyPet Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 6:30pm

I have no words either Mo, just heartfelt compassion. LPXx

Hopeful One Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 7:29pm

Hi Mo- my heartfelt condolences .

Susannah Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 9:39pm

Dear Mo. I am so sorry. I wish you comfort in the knowledge that we are all thinking of you.

Hopeful One Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 7:32am

Hi Rats- welcome to the Meditation Club of which I am a great fan. I would go as far as to claim that this is the one activity which changed my life for good.I have been practising it for 9 years now after a negative event in my life when my wife succumbed to Alzheimers. On most days I meditate for 15 minutes but I have lasted for as long as 45 min.(memo to myself: meditation is not a race).I don't do retreats or anything like that.I am not looking for enlightenment- I would not know what to do with it if I found it!I now have some control on my mind rather than my mind controlling me. I could go on and on about the virtues of meditation( as far as I know there are no significant negative side effects) but that would be boring. All I would like say to fellow is Moodscopers is.....try it.

Your Vitamin L( for laughs) for today


Which of the following names are you familiar with?
1. Monica Lewinski
2. Bill Clinton
3. Hilary Clinton
4. Adolph Hitler
5. Jorge Bergoglio
6. Winnie Mandela
7. Vladimir Putin
8. Linda Lovelace
9. Saddam Hussein
10. Tiger Woods

You had trouble with #5 didn't you?

You know all the criminals, murderers, thieves, ladies of leisure and cheats, but you don't know the Pope?

S Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 9:46am

Love your comment - made me chuckle (note to self etc!). Sx

the room above the garage Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 10:38am

Does The Pope have a real name LOL! Elvis = The King :-D. Hello HO x.

Duma Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 12:56pm

Dry smile. Cheers, Duma.

Hopeful One Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 7:35pm

Hullo to you too RATG.

Hopeful One Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 7:36pm

Hi Duma- a smile will do nicely.

Orangeblossom Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 8:31am

Hi Rats, loved your blog. I have also started meditating & am a great fan of it. I prefer to go on my daily headspace journey than take medication! Your blog is very encouraging.

Rats Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 5:49pm

Thanks Orangeblossom. I never thought I would meditate but it just seems to do something to my very wired brain and calms me down. I notice it deeply if I haven't meditated before starting my day.

Hopeful One Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 7:51pm

Hi Rats- the scientific explanation, based on functional MRI( magnetic resonance imaging ) and EEG( electroencephalograph ) of people in meditation is that it dampens the incessant linear logical thinking, analytical left brain( in right handed individuals) and allows the compassionate ,artistic intuitive right brain some space to contribute. The left brain is good at taking one from A to B as it can compute the shortest and fastest way but when dealing with feelings and emotions its contribution pushes B further and further away . Meditation allows the right brain to bring B nearer in these situations.

Bearofliddlebrain Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 8:34am

Hi to you Rats! You're a rat on a hamster wheel?!! Tee hee I am a Bear on one!

I had forgotten how meditation is relaxing the brain and the body - and must give it a go again so thank you for the reminder. As I was reading your blog, I thought of HO and wondered if it was he who was writing today, but it's you! And sure enough HO is here cheering us up with another jokeoftheday! Lol! Happy Sunday to you Rats and HO!
Bear x

Hopeful One Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 7:54pm

Thanks Bear.

S Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 9:44am

Thank you Rats for the reminder and the recommendation of the app- will look into it. At the moment I do yoga in the morning and my mind wanders terribly- think it is time to bring back some meditation, Sx

the room above the garage Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 10:40am

Hello Rats, you and me both! Meditation has made a huge difference to me and, like orange blossom, i prefer it to tablets. My eldest daughter says she can tell if I'm not doing it (even though she doesn't know about my depression...or perhaps that shows she does!). Thank you, love ratg x.

Vincent Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 12:22pm

Thanks for the suggestion of the app and the Headspace website, I will give them a try.

Duma Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 1:06pm

Hi Rats. Back when I attended classes, my Sensei would end the advanced lesson with sparring. This was always followed by meditation, of the post-combat variety. That's all I ever needed, as a starting block.

My meditation has evolved, into subtle body exploration and waking dreams. This has followed my exploration of martial way. I'm a thirty year man, on both journies.

To me they are one and the same.

Cheers, Duma.

Dee Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 2:20pm

I am about to look up the two sites you mention and will try again ... thanks Rats

LillyPet Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 4:10pm

Hi Rats
I'll check out Stop Breathe and Think too.
Many thanks, LP:)
Ps I hope you don't mind if I apologise for my late replies to yesterday's comments, love to all. LP xx

Dee Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 7:29pm

Thank you so much just tried stop, breathe and think, what a lovely simple site, none of the heady stuff that has been driving me 'mad' literally, it is so easy to fall into the competitive, clever other worldly sites, this does it all without pressure or demands, thank you again.

The Gardener Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 7:55pm

HO - would never have sussed it although we live in a catholic country. Before aspiring to meditation I am looking for sanity savers. Real bad few days - they took Mr G in to respite overnight so I could get some rest, was actually falling over. His behaviour worsening. First step find something that absorbs all my attention - return to my research - deciphering 1642 registers takes all brain cells - then turn deaf ears. Do an 'outing' a day, if possible. Bach, in all his glory, on our superb church organ, with an excellent organist - then end of season drinkies at the Mairie - giving me the strength to shove the wheelchair across the cobbles the town has used at its latest face lift. I have never meditated as such - equivalent of the hamster quoted above. But, more and more, I seek a 'haven' something beautiful to look at, no outside diversions, and just 'sit' and let peace 'waft' over. Meditative words? 'Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace'. (Proverbs)

Hopeful One Mon, Sep 5th 2016 @ 7:01am

Hi Gardner- all I can say is "try it"

Susannah Sun, Sep 4th 2016 @ 9:41pm

Hi Rats
I have done stage 1: download the app.
now I just need to use it...
Thank you.

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