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Jay Michaelson @Jmm

Trying to find my path in this world of endless opportunities.

Joined Apr 13, 2021
Marketing, development, and project management
Learned web development and marketing at work/home
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Answered a Question    Aug 24

Meditation doesn't necessarily require you to be emotionless. It also doesn't require you to be thoughtless. Meditation doesn't really require you to be anything.

You are who you are, and if in the moment that you are meditating you are full of thoughts or emotions, then that is who you are, and there is no requirement to stop being yourself in order to meditate.

On the contrary, actually, meditation itself can help reduce those thoughts and emotions. This is one of the main reasons people start a meditation practice in the first place, to be able to better control their minds and to handle these situations where they are full of thoughts and emotions, especially when they leave them incapable of making decisions or going on with their day in a good and positive way.

If you are meditating and expecting the practice to reduce your emotions, and it is not happening, this could end up making you more stressed than you may have been in the beginning. This is why meditation shouldn't be done with solid expectations of a given outcome.

You may begin meditating expecting to be enlightened after just one session. This probably won't happen, but what may happen is that you will believe that meditation doesn't work and is not for you, and you may just give up on the whole practice completely.

It's strongly recommended to not have these kinds of expectations when starting to meditate. Instead, just meditate. Let things happen in their own time, and as you keep a constant practice, you may start to notice the effects it has on you.

As all good things, meditation takes time and patience.

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Answered a Question    Aug 24

Focusing on the future too much can be the cause of a lot of stress and anxiety, especially if these thoughts cause you to worry or be fearful.

Focusing on the future isn't necessarily bad. Making goals, plans, and even wondering about it is all a part of our lives. It gets bad when they stop being simple thoughts and wonders, and turns into negative thoughts and emotions, such as fear and anxiety.

What the future holds we do not know. Worrying about it is something most people do to a certain degree, but allowing it to change our lives, or even control it, is what can lead us down a bad path full of stress, anxiety, and a lot of negativity.

This is why one of the main pillars of mindfulness is to focus on the present and not the past or the future.
The past is the past, there is nothing we can do about what already happened. The future is untold, and we do not know what it holds. The present is where we are, it's where we can make a difference and where we have control.

Focusing on the present allows us to not give in to the stress of what the future may hold, and to not be upset of what was in the past.

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Answered a Question    Aug 24

It's hard to actually say which meditation is right for you without really knowing you, as meditation is a very personal practice that is different for everyone. So, the meditation practice that is right for me may not be right for you.

With that said, of course, there are quite a few meditation practices to chose from, some very different from others. The best advice that can be given is to just experiment. Find what works for you.

Take some time to think about the reasons you want to start a meditation practice, do some research, and just start practicing. Short 5-minute meditation sessions in the beginning is a great way to start and to get used to the whole practice of meditation, and from there you can build up your time and meditate for longer.

Even if you are not exactly sure which type of meditation is right for you, you can still start meditation by finding a short guided meditation. Guided meditations are a great way to get into the whole world of meditation, as it helps make the practice more bearable and simpler in the beginning, since most beginners aren't used to meditating.

You can find a tremendous amount of guided meditations online, either on YouTube, or on mobile apps, the internet is full of them, so it really is easy and simple to get started.

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Answered a Question    Aug 19

Breathing in meditation plays a very meaningful role. Firstly, you are almost always doing it, it's something that you can do anywhere, and with enough practice, you can focus on it anywhere and in any situation and use it to help center yourself and focus your mind, which makes following your breath one of the most useful and efficient techniques when it comes to meditation, mindfulness, and reducing stress and anxiety.

Most guided meditations will instruct you to follow your breath, it's simply because it's a constant element in the practice, you are always breathing, which gives you a consistent focusing point, which is one of the core elements of meditation. Focusing your mind on something allows you to ease it and reduce the stream of thoughts that goes on inside it, which helps bring you closer to a tranquil state, reducing stress, anxiety, and other negative thoughts and feelings.

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Answered a Question    Aug 16

One reason is the concept people have of meditation.
They know of meditation from what they see in movies and on TV, where someone is just sitting and meditating for a long time, and then becomes enlightened.

This is not real life, and that is not how meditation works.

For a meditation practice to be effective, and consistent, you need to understand what to expect.
When you first start out, you won't be enlightened, it may even be a little bit painful since people are usually not used to sitting in a position like you do when you meditate, and especially not for longer periods of time. On top of that, you may just feel a general discomfort, boredom, and may see yourself full of more thoughts than you had before you started meditating.

All of these things are normal, and that is the reality of beginning meditating. It's not easy, it's a practice that takes time to get good at.

How does this all help?
Now that you know what to expect, you can understand that first, you will not be enlightened after one or two meditation sessions. Second, that it won't just magically clear your mind of thoughts. And third, that yes, it is uncomfortable, but this gets better quickly.
With all that said and understood, you can now focus on the practice itself rather than what you will theoretically get out of it.

Focus on the practice and on making it consistent. Try to meditate every day for just a few minutes a day, even 5 minutes. If you can't do it every day, then every other day, or as often as you can.
Once you do this consistently, you will slowly realize and feel that you can meditate for longer periods of time, and more frequently. After some time, you will begin to realize the effects of this practice.
But if you jump in to the practice already expecting to see all the results and benefits after just a few sessions, and to be able to sit and meditate for 30 minutes or longer, then you will probably be joining the people who tried out meditation and say that it doesn't work.

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Answered a Question    Aug 16

Meditation can help you sleep better by calming you down before bed. It can help put you into a deeper state of calmness and relaxation by reducing the stress of the passing day.

Meditation helps center you and brings you back to the present moment. This means that it can help you focus more on the now, rather than on what happened that day, or what may happen in the future. It can help reduce stress, anxiety, pressure, and other negative feelings and emotions.

For many people, these are the exact reasons why they are not getting a good night's sleep, and since mediation can help with those issue, it can be a great way to prepare yourself for bed, and a great way to end the day.

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Answered a Question    Aug 16

Using meditation apps is a great way to help incorporate a consistent meditation practice into your life.
The reason is that apps help you, first of all, learn how to meditate, especially when doing guided meditations where an instructor is guiding you through the meditation.
They are easy to use, and it's right there in your pocket, which can make a huge difference for those who want to just meditate in their own home but also want to do guided meditations.

It also helps keep the meditation frequency and length at a healthy level. An issue many people have is keeping the habit of meditating every day. With meditation apps, you can set reminders for when to meditate.

Another great benefit is that you can set the amount of time you want to meditate for. This is a big issue with people who are new to meditation. They think that they have to meditate for 30 minutes or even longer for it to be effective, so they start out by meditating for longer periods of time, which end up just causing them to burn out and lose motivation for the practice completely. With meditation apps, you can choose to meditate for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or however long you want, but there is a great emphasis on the 5-minute meditations, which is perfect for beginners as it helps them become comfortable with the meditation practice and reduces their risk of feeling overwhelmed with it.

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Answered a Question    Aug 15

It's hard to say which meditation is best for others, as it is a very individual practice. Some may prefer walking meditation, while others may prefer the more traditional sitting down and meditating.

There are many types of meditation, the best recommendation that can be given is to try the different types and find the one that works for you.

Guided meditation is a popular choice for beginners, and even for the more advanced, since it guides you through the whole meditation. During this type of meditation, you be guided and instructed to focus on things such as your breath, the sensations you feel in your body, the sounds around you, and more. This makes the meditation less boring for beginners, since they are usually not used to just sitting down quietly for even short periods of time, and is popular among the more advanced meditators for the added assistance in focusing and having a more structured practice.

If you are just starting out, a consistent but short daily guided meditation practice of just a few minutes can be a great way to get into meditation. From there, you can explore more options to find what works best for you.

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Answered a Question    Aug 15

Meditation can help put you in a deeper state of relaxation, which can in fact lead to feeling sleepy and tired.
Many people actually take advantage of this to help with their sleeping disorders. They may choose to meditate right before bed, or they may even choose to meditate while laying down.

For some, meditating is a way of ending the day, before going to bed. It allows them to clear their minds from the day that has ended, and go to sleep with a clear mind, free of unwanted thoughts that may keep them awake, and free of unwanted feelings that may prevent them from getting quality sleep.

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Answered a Question    Aug 15

Meditation can help with your anger by allowing you to clear your mind of the thoughts that are making you angry. This is because of what meditation teaches you and trains you to do, which is to accept things, and let them go, and to focus on the now rather than what happened or what may happen.

We can easily get angry at things that were said to us, or at things that we think may happen in the future. Meditation enables us to release those feelings by focusing on certain elements, such as our breath. Meditation incorporates breathing techniques that, when used while angry, can help reduce those feelings, and can help center us and bring us back to a calmer state.

While meditating, we are actively training our ability to focus on a single thing, such as our breath. This enhanced focus allows us to better clear our minds from unwanted thoughts, and emotions such as anger, and the thoughts that may be causing this anger.

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