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May 13, 2019 20:58:07

10 years of meditation: What changed?

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Jason Leow

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Yesterday, @brandonwilson asked me this question in response to a post I wrote about practising meditation for slightly over 10 years:

@jasonleow Ten years is a long time. What are the 1-2 aspects of your life that you feel have fundamentally changed over that time period that you attribute to your practice of meditation?

And my reply that that:

@brandonwilson wow great question but hard to answer haha. Hard because it's hard to tell where meditation starts and where everything else I did begins (as part of larger spiritual practice and daily healthy living). My best guess is mental hygiene - from little things like better sleep at night (sitting before sleep helps reset mind), calmer, grounded start to the day (from morning meditation), to bigger things like feeling more centred in life, and a sense of refuge. I think this warrants a longer post! Thanks for the inspiration hah.

This question really made me think hard about how meditation had changed me over the 10 years. It was a really great question to try to break down, because there's many factors co-arising and co-influencing the changes. I feel inspired by the reflection and want to have a deeper exploration and more posts about what meditation did for me so far. Maybe I'll expand a bit more on it around these themes:

  • What changed? Great question, hard answer. 
  • Mental hygiene
  • Connection to body
  • Centredness
  • A place of refuge
  • Anything else?

To be continued...

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    @jasonleow and maybe you can include, as Im curious, how your meditating path started... What is your... meditating tradition (method)? Have you attended any meditating retreats?

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | May 16, 2019 21:38:57
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    @jasonleow I've discovered meditation before(6 years ago) when I was in college. I was fascinated by the book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki. I remember I was reading it. The philosophy was really great and I was trying to practice the sitting meditation. and then life happens I've completely forgotten about it. Then fast forward now I'm trying to pick it up again. This is something that I really like to be part of my life but always forgot to do.

    Chris 🤔🇵🇭 avatar Chris 🤔🇵🇭 | May 13, 2019 21:49:22
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      @chrisdeuda oh nice Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind is an awesome classic. Yes, my practice goes through seasons of highs and lows as well. The fact that you never really forgot about it even after years, sounds like it means something special to you. Why are you drawn to it?

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 13, 2019 22:10:18
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      @jasonleow I intentionally delayed the reply here since I realized it deserves a more lengthy explanation. And I just let my mind actually think why I was fascinated by it in the first place.


      Chris 🤔🇵🇭 avatar Chris 🤔🇵🇭 | May 16, 2019 21:05:53
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      @chrisdeuda reading it now! Origin stories in meditation always fascinate me..no two are alike

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 16, 2019 21:15:02
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      @jasonleow awesome. Now I'm conscious again on how I would incorporate it again my life.

      Chris 🤔🇵🇭 avatar Chris 🤔🇵🇭 | May 18, 2019 00:37:24
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    @jasonleow wow, ten years! I haven't try meditation before today I find an app called Breathe. I felt peace and controled. Hope I could make it as my new daily routine the future month.

    5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | May 13, 2019 21:29:40
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      @5plus6 glad you found meditation! So lovely to feel that peace, isn't it? 😊

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 13, 2019 21:45:04
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