No, I have not learnt meditation ever.
I have done Yoga but I have problems with not thinking, and have never therefore done meditation - I find it hard to drive ALL thoughts out of my head when lying still!
Yes, I went and learnt it once by myself, and I went with my friend once who wanted to learn it. When I went with my friend, we went to learn from a monk. It can be hard to learn at first, but you have to be determined. All you have to do is focus your thoughts on one thing and listen to the instructors voice. It is pretty hard NOT to feel relaxed, but I suppose it takes practice for some. Once you have learnt and mastered guided meditation, you should be fine to do it yourself at home. I have quite a few friends who do it every day. I like to do it at the end of the day in preparation for a restful sleep.
I would say yes but not the type associated with this picture. I am of a different faith so read and meditate or think deeply on those words and what they mean . As the book says the words are a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
I have meditated through guided meditation and have used the same techniques without guidance to help me relax when I have trouble falling asleep.
Another type of meditation that requires stopping the flow of thoughts is something that needs to be practiced. I have never been determined enough to continue exercising that discipline. Like many things - the technique can be learnt with practice.
I cannot say that I have done Meditation,but I certainly HAVE done Relaxation techniques! I did this after I had a brain tumour removed.I have been left,after 13 operations in 3 years,with a central nervous system disorder which manifests by way of shocking pain throughout my body.When we are in pain,we actually do tense our bodies up a great deal without even wanting to do so.So it made sense to me to learn how to relax properly. This has been a huge help for me in all sorts of situations,not just in dealing with severe pain! I bought a fabulous book from America written by a doctor who combines traditional medical practices with relaxation. It is called 'Living The Full Catastrophe' Basically,this Full Catastrophe in the title is simply LIFE! Great book,and I am now able to relax very easily!
For something that transcends quietness and peace and a known stress buster it is so hard to achieve. I have tried meditating but find it difficult isolating my thoughts and over-riding the general chatter that just doesn't want to disappear without a fight. The physical and mental benefits have been studied and justified - it's just difficult to achieve. I started experiencing anxiety or panic attacks this year and whenever I feel an onset commence I start working my way through some techniques to overcome the attack. I had a very good psychologist help me with these techniques.
I think everyone should give meditation and mindfulness (which I believe go hand in hand) a go and to persevere through that incessant chatter we all seem to experience. Just remember taking 2 minutes to do some isolated deep breathing exercises is a start.