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LSAT Preparation => Studying for the LSAT => Topic started by: $ones on June 18, 2004, 05:00:51 PM

Title: meditation
Post by: $ones on June 18, 2004, 05:00:51 PM
Does anybody know anything about meditation?
Title: Re: meditation
Post by: swifty on June 18, 2004, 06:02:41 PM
i requires one to meditate.  Care to be more specific?
Title: Re: meditation
Post by: jgruber on June 18, 2004, 06:05:16 PM
I can't meditate.  When I try, I fall asleep.
Title: Re: meditation
Post by: M2 on June 18, 2004, 07:37:03 PM
I knwo some stuff but Im not sure what you want to know...
how to do it?

If you are interested in Zen or Mindfulness meditation, checkout "Wherever you go, there you are" by Jon kabat-Zinn.
I would be happy to type of an explanation of Zazen (zen sitting meditation) if you like.
Title: Re: meditation
Post by: Tyrant on June 18, 2004, 11:30:47 PM
I've read several books on the subject and until recently was practicing it. Now I guess you could say, that the LSAT is my meditation.  ::) There are many good books two off the top of my head that I'd recommend "The Power of Stillness" by Tobin Blake; "How to Meditate" by Lawrence LeShan.

I've been wondering if I should continue the practice while preparing for the LSAT. or if continued development of this facility would be of benefit on the LSAT. I believe that it would prepare you mentally for the extended hours of testing but I think that you can best simulate this by just taking many practice tests under exact testing conditions. Meditation is suppose to help one deal with stress as well so perhaps it would be of some benefit overall.

I know you were probably joking but anyway here goes.

Like previous posters have alluded too, there are many different types of meditations out there. Since you're having trouble falling asleep then I'm assuming you're doing some form of meditation that requires physical stillness. Some initial recommendations are to not meditate for atleast 30 minutes after you eat. The digestive system takes blood and energy away from the brain. You should also find the best time for you to meditate, is this at night or during the day? only you can answer that. Your meditation length may be at issue here as well. Perhaps you've gone over your limit. Try reducing the time and gradually working your way back up to your target time. You actually should be feeling charged with energy from a good session of meditation. Falling asleep, is a common pitfall I think. Another thing to look at is what is your physical orientation during meditation, are you laying down or sitting in a chair or cross legged on the floor? This may be the cause as well. You should try sitting cross legged on top of a pillow with a straight posture. If falling asleep is a problem you can't overcome there are many other forms out there that you can practice that wouldn't be as easy to fall asleep, such as chanting and moving meditations (Tai Chi or Sufi forms). Perhaps just doing another form of sitting meditation such as breath counting, contemplation, or mantra meditations would help. You might even try switching from one form to another when you find yourself dozing off.
Title: Re: meditation
Post by: $ones on June 19, 2004, 07:17:13 AM
Hey M2, I'd love to read your take on zen meditation... thanks for the responses everyone..

I began meditating 2 weeks before the lsat this June. Well atleast I tried anyway. I sit cross-legged on the floor and have my palms resting upwards on my knees. I concentrate on taking deep breaths -using my stomach to contract. I try not to think of anything and just let my brain sit there vegetating. My best experience came when I went to church one morning (when it was practically empty) and meditated there. I'm not very religous but I found the environment super relaxing.

SO I guess I'm not sure what I'm looking to find out specifically. Just a general question open to interpretation. Sorry haha and thanks.
Title: Re: meditation
Post by: guyutegirl (Jew-Lo) on June 19, 2004, 12:38:52 PM

If you are serious about meditation, you should definitely check out this site. Be sure to look at "Code of Discipline for Courses" and what these 10 day courses entail. I have yet to actually take a course, but I plan on taking one in Washington pretty soon. I've heard some pretty amazing stories from people who take this course. It sounds pretty intense but i hear it's worth it