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Andrew

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Relaxing.
« on: February 16, 2012, 01:12:17 PM »
I did have about 4 paragraphs written here on the topic of relaxing.

But I didn't find them relaxing, so they are gone now.

That is how to relax. No matter how important you think it is, let it go. (it was pretty good stuff too... :D)



edit: matter not mater.
« Last Edit: February 16, 2012, 02:00:50 PM by Andrew »
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Matthew

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Re: Relaxing.
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2012, 01:44:17 PM »
HAHAHAHA

You crack me up as ever mate.

Anyone who wants to learn how to relax practice the Shamatha/Calm-abiding instructions linked on the forum home page. Cut to point 4. "The Core of the Practice".
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Vivek

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Re: Relaxing.
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2012, 01:46:38 PM »
Feeling too tight for the past couple of hours. Now I realize I was trying to let go. Instead, I could just let go! Feels good now...
Let's go beyond this illusion, shall we?

Andrew

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Re: Relaxing.
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2012, 01:57:48 PM »
Ah Vivek, the ol' trying to let go, I know it well... :D

It used to really peeve me to read Ajahn Brahm say things like 'just let it go'. I would go "I'm trying, I'm trying.." then indeed i gave up and stopped trying. Now I'm just trying (My wife wil tell you exactly how trying, given the chance).

Actually, I re-read those instructions a couple of days ago, Matthew, they are very good.
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rob

Re: Relaxing.
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2012, 08:25:13 PM »
Those are great instructions :) I've found that devoting at least 10 minutes to pure relaxation before I sit or walk has an immense impact on my experience. I usually start with a few minutes of pranayama breathing and then move to a "mantra" (i guess that's what you call it?) that I think I read in a Thich Nhat Hahn book...

On the in breath: "Breathing in, I calm my body" (or just "calm body" if your lung capacity won't make it for that full sentence  8) )

On the out breath: "Breathing out, I calm my mind" (or just "calm mind")

I do that until the mantra naturally trails off and I'm left with just the breath. This is also the only way I've been able to get rid of songs stuck in my head before practice.

I think it's a valuable mantra because flooding your blood with oxygen does calm your body and slows your heart rate, and breathing out... well there's a reason they call it a "sigh of relief".

Andrew

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Re: Relaxing.
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2012, 11:01:50 PM »
nice one, rob.
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Andrew

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Re: Relaxing.
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2012, 08:22:31 AM »
A great little chat about relaxing.

The Importance of the Relax Step
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