Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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Neutral Meditation?


   by Reb Gutman Locks 

 

Hi R Gutman,

    Is it possible to concentrate on one's breath as a form of neutral meditation?

    Is it possible to do a "full body scan" meditation in order to get to sleep?

    Is it possible to perform mindfulness in times where I might get angry, sad or obsessive just not to mess up?

Thank you

~David

 

Shalom David,

    Watching your breath can be used as a meditation technique, however do not just watch your breath as the Eastern religions do. Instead, watch your breath and then also every few breaths remind yourself of the line in the Torah that Hashem breathed the breath of life into Adam. Just as did Hashem breath the breath of life into Adam then, so does He breathe the breath of life into us now.

     Thinking of your body to help fall asleep is alright. Watching your late afternoon, evening diet will probably help more.

     It is very good to watch what you are doing, what you are saying, angering people, and such. "Mindfulness" is a term from Eastern religions so do what you want to do, i.e. be careful, watch what you are doing, but do not do it as a meditation technique called mindfulness.

     The best "meditation" technique is to "direct your heart to Heaven" and the best way to do this is to softly, sweetly, lovingly, speak to Hashem as you go through your day.

Be well,

A Good Shabbos, and a wonderful New Year

Gutman

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