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Question for June 16, 2013: Group Sitting
Medivate — 5 years ago — in Question of the Week
Do you ever meditate with others? How, if at all, is the experience different for you?

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emmacat — 5 years ago — permalink
For me group meditation is generally helpful, although it can go either way. Usually, I'm more focused because there is a sense of a shared purpose, but sometimes the excitement is a distraction. There can be a lot of contrasting energy in the same room, but it usually feels like I have a support system. Particularly, attending the same group on a regular basis is inspirational. 
In the case of participating in specific meditation program, it reminds me of why I'm on this path and gives me motivation to keep practicing.
I recently went on a four week group retreat and it was very powerful. Especially in the second half of the retreat it felt like we were synchronized into a communal energy. 

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fredclaymeyer — 5 years ago — permalink
It helps a lot. I'm less inclined to feel like getting up, slouching, etc. Something about it feels more potent, also; I'm not sure why.

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Question for July 21, 2013: Meditation Retreat
Medivate — 4 years ago — in Question of the Week
Have you ever completed a meditation retreat? What was that experience like?

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Question for September 22, 2013: Fear
Medivate — 4 years ago — in Question of the Week
Have you ever experienced fear while meditating? What was it like? How did you relate to it?

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patrick — 4 years ago — permalink
No, I never experienced fear during meditation, or if I did , I can't remember it.
  Certainly, when I was starting out, I was very anxious ( on top of the anxiety that I already had) about where my meditation was going to take me. Even the act of ''letting go'' disturbed me. I feared some other entity was going to take over my life.
  For me, all that kind of thinking, proved groundless, as I feel that I came closer to my ' true self ' during and after meditation.

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davidbhayes — 4 years ago — permalink
Yah, I generally would say my experience has been the same, Patrick. Fear isn't something I really remember experiencing on the cushion. But there's been a lot of anxiety. The anxiety I've felt is really more around shock about what my mind is actually like. I actually talk about it as frustration in this post, but it's a similar thing.
I think it's reasonable to say that anxiety is just a form of fear, and the more I think about that the more accurate it feels. For me the anxiety or fear that, as I started to peel back the layers, I saw that I wasn't really who I thought I was. A lot of frustration came out of that, but staying with it and listening to dharma talks slowly made it clear that it wasn't really a problem, I was just seeing clearly what I'd previously misunderstood.

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Question for October 26, 2014: Progress in Meditation
Medivate — 3 years ago — in Question of the Week
Do you believe that one can meaningfully change their experience through and in meditation? How?

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Question for March 8, 2015: Fear
Medivate — 3 years ago — in Question of the Week
Have you ever experienced fear while meditating? What was it like? Any effective techniques to share?

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Lullabyehaze — 3 years ago — permalink
I don't think I have ever felt actual fear. Anxiety, yes. When that comes up, I try to just sit with it. More often that simply noticing and observing it, I often spent some time poking at it to figure out what it is, where it is coming from, if there is anything that I can do to abate it. For me, this often comes in affirmations to myself-- I am enough. I am strong. I have everything that I need within me.

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Question for February 28, 2016: Meditation Retreat
Medivate — 2 years ago — in Question of the Week
Have you ever completed a meditation retreat? What was that experience like?

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Question for September 25, 2016: Progress in Meditation
Medivate — 1 year ago — in Question of the Week
Do you believe that one can meaningful change their experience through and in meditation? How?

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Question for December 18, 2016: Group Sitting
Medivate — 1 year ago — in Question of the Week
Do you ever meditate with others? How, if at all, is the experience different for you?

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Question for February 19, 2017: Fear
Medivate — 11 months ago — in Question of the Week
Have you ever experienced fear while meditating? What was it like? How did you relate to it?

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Question for January 7, 2018: Meditation Retreat
Medivate — 2 weeks ago — in Question of the Week
Have you ever completed a meditation retreat? What was that experience like?