About

OpenMeditation provides a document that completely describes a meditation process that most people should be able to learn. The document consists of the following sections which are meant to be read in the order listed:

  1. Introduction, Acknowledgements, What is Meditation?, Who Should Meditate, and Meditation Environment
  2. Breath
  3. Pain Meditation
  4. Center of Gravity
  5. Watching Thoughts
  6. Conclusion

To provide additional assistance people can raise issues through posting comments, and if necessary, through direct email to me at the address provided at the end of this page.  My preference is that people post their comments, questions, or concerns rather than sending email directly to me so that everyone can read them.

Should you need to contact me directly, please write to openmeditation atsign gmail dot com.

Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Caldwell Fried

You may download this entire site so that you can read it offline or share with friends in its entirety, however, you may not quote portions of this site.  I am demanding this because i do not want any text from this site quoted out of context.  If you have any questions about this usage, please contact me through a comment to any of the pages.

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3 thoughts on “About

    • I am delighted to see Robin’s comment, as I’ve just finished reading the whole site rather carefully- and bookmarking it. I have studied meditation in my training as a counseling psychologist and wish I’d had the benefit of your site from the “get-go”. While I’ve developed my own methods for dealing with pain, fear, grief, anger, etc., I plan to practice keeping my attention on the area below my navel – especially while listening to others. The center of gravity material was especially of interest to me. Full diaphagm breathing has always been important, of course. I wonder, Jeffrey, if the practice suggested in Pilates of standing and sitting as if the head were touching the ceiling- and the belly-button is connecting to the spine will improve one’s posture and stop any lounging/sleeping tendency during meditaion?

      • I agree that sitting erect during meditation is very important. Sitting itself, like the placement of one’s hands, must become second nature so that your focus is kept primarily on the point of pain, breath, or just below your navel. It is my practice to recognize my body’s position by how it feels and then adjusting myself accordingly so that i can breath more easily and avoid falling asleep. Using the Pilates approach to get your body into an erect position when one begins to slouch sounds reasonable providing it doesn’t become the constant point of attention. Over time i have found that meditation itself makes me aware of how i’m sitting and i naturally gravitate toward good posture simply because meditation makes me aware of how i am sitting. In this way i am making meditation the center of my attention and the consequent body awareness lets me know when to adjust my body appropriately as a nice benefit.

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