I don't come across many people in my day-to-day life who are sufficiently interested in meditation to the extent that they actually try it. I figured that this was a good reason (and because I can't sleep - 5:32am!) to try and share experiences and techniques with other semi-like minded individuals.
This post was sparked by my experiencing a period of clarity of thought due to meditation this morning. It was long overdue, probably the first time this year! Thankfully it has helped me realise what's really going on in my life, and not the personal and professional troubles I've been perceiving as real/self existent.
I've had a lot of success with two different kinds of meditation; a Buddhist style and Daoist style.
The Buddist style is really quite straightforward, sitting on the edge of my bed with my feet on the floor whilst paying attention to my breathing/channeling Qi into my brain/third eye region.
The main difficulty I've had is with the relaxation of my body, especially my eyes - but I've found that if I let my eyes roll toward the ceiling, they and the rest of my body relaxes quite well.
The Daoist style is something I've thrown together myself, but probably isn't original. I find it works really well to overcome the pain I get while walking.
I hold my hands in the Taiji palm position and on in inhalation I move my arms from a relaxed attention position to a circle - as though I was holding a large disc leaning against my body. On the exhalation I move my hands down and away from my body through the attention position until they are pointed horizontally away and my arms are held slightly away from my body. Done quite rigorously, this really promotes a Qi flow to my fingers and mental focus.
I'm really interested to hear from you all about your own practices and techniques, and I hope that this is a suitable post for the Open Topic thread.