Meditation for lifestreamers

Meditation for lifestreamers

I've been meditating on and off since I was 16, and I believe this book is where I started. Meditation has always served me well, by calming and focusing my mind while subtly helping me achieve my goals. Recently, Kelly and I have been meditating together on Saturdays before our long runs. Documenting it in my lifestream has helped me find new motivation to continue my practice, so I wanted to share how we do it.

Pre-show: set the mood so you can concentrate without distractions. For music, I play Meditation Six: The Shaman's Drum (With Randy Crafton), and I light a scented candle for us to gaze at. I find it important to leave my eyes open, so I stay connected with this world and don't fall asleep. I set up my iPhone camera timer to take photos of us (sound effects off!), so I can document the setting and time. The actual meditation is slow breathing combined with visualization of energy moving through my body.

  1. Sit cross-legged. Place your hands palms up on your knees. Take several slow, deep breaths.
  2. Count to 10 as you inhale and picture the energy of the universe coming in through your crown chakra. Breathe out and count to 10 while picturing the energy wrapping around your crown chakra.
  3. Inhale again while counting to 10, this time bringing the energy into your third eye chakra. Breathe out with a count of 10 and picture the energy swirling around your third eye, activating it.
  4. Next, breathe in for 10 and pull the energy into your throat chakra, then breathe out for 10 counts, gathering the energy in your throat.
    Repeat this for the rest of the chakras: your heart, solar plexus, navel and spine.
  5. Continue your deep breathing while clearing your head of thought. Hold the energy of the universe inside your body, allowing it to recharge your personal power stores. Continue as long as you need. 10-15 minutes is a good starting point.
  6. When you're ready, place your hands on the ground and "ground" the energy you've taken in–release it back into the earth and give thanks.

Do you have a meditation practice? Do you document it? I would love to hear about any resources or experiences you have had! We are thinking about joining a meditation Meetup group in Austin soon, any recommendations?

Jessica Mullen

Living the magick life.

5 COMMENTS
  • apollo

    I did more dabbling in meditation for years than actual practice, but I’ve been meditating for an hour each day for 36 days (I just finished today’s hour). The discipline has been a big challenge, especially when I’ve had a lot going on in life.

    Right now I document my practice times with Daytum, but I will likely do more with Twitter soon. Some of my twitter friends use the tag #openpractice to share details about their practices in a sort of open source meditation practice.

    My biggest driver in meditation is the Integral community and specifically the work of Ken Wilber. He’s my biggest hero in the spirituality, philosophy and lifestyle spaces. One of his keen insights is the importance of meditation if we wish to become more capable developmentally. As adults our development tends to slow, but a meditation practice can allow us to grow into higher capacities. One of my favourite talks Ken has given is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TUr949kmZk . It really gives a great framing of what spirituality can be in relationship to the world. Another great talk is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ_HsQkBkJA , where Ken talks about subject-object dynamics. Ken is superb at orienting spirituality (and meditation) within a larger framework that takes into account the many aspects of our lives that are very real.

    I’m a big fan of Big Mind practice. It comes out of the Zen tradition and is a contemporary refocusing of meditation with dialog work and working with ego. There’s a nice intro video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt0L8pBdD30 .

  • jessica mullen

    Apollo,
    I’ve been very intrigued about your experience with an hour of meditation a day. Do you think it’s a sustainable practice for the rest of your life? I’m so curious what things are unfolding in your mind for you…

    Thank you for the resources, Kelly and I plan to watch the youtubes tonight. I’m very excited to learn more! Your comments, as always, are much appreciated.

  • apollo

    I definitely want to make daily practice an aspect of my life from now on. I suspect I’ll shift back to half an hour daily once the 90 day challenge is finished, but I do believe strongly that it’s very important if I want to build a better life.

    I have a lot of mental distractions as I meditate. The concerns from my life bleed into meditation quite regularly. I can often have a 15 minute stretch of mostly focused meditation, but then my monkey mind acts up. There are noticeable improvements, though.

    I’m always happy to share the things that excite me. What did you think of the videos?

  • jessica mullen

    I watched several of them last night and found them very soothing… they completely jive with a couple mind-altering experiences that were recently extremely moving and life-changing to me. I took a couple trips that I now think of as shortcuts to the transcendental state.

    I couldn’t get enough of the videos, I must have watched 15 or so of them, albeit while distractedly doing something else. I love the concept of I amness and the idea that as one awakens, one feels more pain but it bothers one less.

    It was too much for me to digest in one sitting so I’m going to spend more time rewatching… Thanks again for turning me on to him.

    My current frustration is finding time for all these pursuits – meditation, running, lifestreaming, cooking, podcasting, etc but mostly I think it’s just because I’m about to graduate and have time for little else other than school.

    Every day a million new possibilities open up!

  • Apollo

    I’m glad I could turn you on to Ken. Discovering his work absolutely changed my life. The way I think about things today is a lot wider and fuller than it was before reading the first of his books. When you do have the time, I highly recommend looking for The Integral Vision, a short but beautiful introduction to his work.

    In some of his talks, especially with the artist Alex Grey, Ken has talked about entheogens as potentially beneficial state inducers. If you don’t know Alex Grey, he’s a magnificent spiritual artist that creates in response to profound entheogen-induced mystical experiences.

    It can definitely be hard to fit everything that excites us into our lives. I don’t have as much on my plate as you, but even so I find that compromising between different interests is always happening.

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