In my head

Discussion of meditation in the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions.
Posts: 10
Joined: Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:32 pm

In my head

Postby timmy113 » Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:16 am

I am very new to meditation and buddhism. I have been trying to allow myself a set time to sit down and truly meditate. Today while I was meditating I pictured myself sitting on a lake and with every breath ripples would come from my body and flow out. It was very calming. My question is "Should I be allowing this to happen"? From what I've read, I should be clearing all thoughts from my head. ON the other hand this was a very pleasing experience.

Posts: 1087
Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:55 pm
Location: Sunny California

Re: In my head

Postby Yudron » Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:53 am

Author of Buddhist young adult fiction. Vlogger at Wisdom and Compassion: Grandma Yudron's Totally Chill Vlog on Meditation and Tibetan Wisdom Blogger at Very active on Twitter.

User avatar
Posts: 800
Joined: Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:24 pm
Location: Delaware

Re: In my head

Postby justsit » Sun Mar 31, 2013 1:04 pm

There are many types of meditation; sounds like the one you did is a relaxation-type meditation.
In Buddhist practice, meditation is often focused more on learning about and taming one's mind.

is a good explanation and some basic meditation instruction.


User avatar
Posts: 2870
Joined: Sat May 14, 2011 1:41 am

Re: In my head

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:14 pm

don't hold onto it and don't force it away. let it come and go on its own, and just go back to watching your breath.
Profile Picture: "The Foaming Monk"
The Chinese characters are Fo (buddha) and Ming (bright). The image is of a student of Buddhism, who, imagining himself to be a monk, and not understanding the true meaning of the words takes the sound of the words literally. Likewise, People on web forums sometime seem to be foaming at the mouth.
Original painting by P.Volker /used by permission.

Posts: 165
Joined: Sun Nov 13, 2011 6:06 pm

Re: In my head

Postby BuddhaSoup » Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:24 pm

The meditation that you developed is a very nice visualization; these visualizations can be very useful in meditation practice. One suggestion might be, however, to do as the other posters suggested, and develop a meditation practice with the help of of a teacher and sangha. Books and sutras can be a guide. Some experienced meditators have said that they started with a book or a guide, established a foundational practice, and then over time developed practices (breath centered, shi-kan, body scan, samatha-vipassna, zazen, tonglen, Metta, etc, etc. ) that worked for them individually.

Return to “Meditation”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests