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What do you do to relax? If you meditate, do you do this to relax
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I don't meditate. I was 'forced' to meditate once as part of a
college course I took, and it was a most unpleasant and
uncomfortable experience. My three main relaxation techniques
1. Go on walks
2. Go on long drives
3. Go online (Anna #1490)
- I read, play games, wacth anime and movies and rest. (Animeg3282)
- I don't know if I meditate. I like to sit in the dark by myself
and clear my head. I do yoga, which is incredibly relaxing. I do it because I lead a very stressful existance and I don't want to lose it
on my poor family. (
I prefer to lose it online. (ClayeSkye #4)
- Sleep. That's one of my favored ways of relaxing. The other is
to go to a campground for the weekend (or longer). You can sit back
and do nothing, not worry about the time, and socialize all night long.
(Dan McEwen #1617)
- fly kites. I take the dog and some beer and go to the desert and
fly kites for hours. Giant beautiful kites. It is colorful and
peaceful and relaxing. I guess I am easily amused and kite flying is
my wonderful escape :) (Lee Schoch #1237)
- I play video games or read. I always read before going to sleep.
- Walk the dog.
Do jigsaw puzzles. I find that they occupy the hands while letting
my mind wander. Do various word puzzles, cryptics, crosswords, etc.
Read sf. Other things I don't feel like mentioning now :)
Scott Davidson #1045)
-Read a book
-Write poetry, songs, or short stories
-Listen to classical music
-Drive around (in an area with little traffic)
-Wander around in the woods (or any other *natural* area where
there's no people)
-Go see a movie in the theater
-Go out of town with my telescope and stargaze
As for meditating...I never really meditate to relax, unless i'm
stressed out. :) (Drake #1611)
- I have a very large, brush and small tree covered hillside below
my house that I've been slowly clearing for about four years. Every
time I get stressed out over something, I take my little machete over
the hill and clear another two hundred feet or so. It's probably
terribly unhealthy from a psychological standpoint, but it releases a
great deal of agression very quickly. In addition, it gives me the
motivation to add another row of fruit trees to my orchard. (Read as
"crow feeding area.") (Stefan C. F.)
- Deadhead the flower gardens (summer only). This can turn to an adrenaline charge if I discover signs of groundhogs, though.
Sit in the yard and 'just be' there (best in early spring and fall,
no mosquitos or flies). Not exactly *formal* meditation, but
Long walks (with music or NPR, if in town).
A few rounds of social bridge is not exactly relaxing, but does
recharge the mental batteries, as does a good film (or the right
'dumb movie') seen with friends. (Pat Kiewicz #1154)