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Meditation can be an invaluable means to de-stress. If you're feeling under pressure, experimenting with meditation can help. Zazen is a type of meditation unique to Zen Buddhism. It involves focusing on the breath and remaining in the present moment. To begin practicing Zen meditation, find a comfortable place and position. Try short sessions where you focus on your breath. With time, develop a routine that works for you. Meditation can be difficult at first, as it takes practice to clear the mind, but you'll eventually find a meditation routine that works for you.

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With Zen mediation, will I experience stillness, in which my mind will not wander anymore?

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Your mind will always naturally wander during meditation, even when you become very experienced. It is not so important to keep your mind from initially wandering; what matters more is being able to catch yourself and regain your focus.

Where can I go to experience Zen Buddhism?

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Some major cities have Zen Centers. Check your local listings for such places, and visit them to see what they have to offer. Otherwise, it is perfectly fine to sit alone and meditate anywhere you find your mind can be most clear.

Can I lie down in a bed and meditate?

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Yes, but you are more likely to fall asleep.

Is it okay to play Zen music?

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It's not required, but there is no "rule" against it. The point of meditation is to clear the mind of distracting thoughts -- if music helps you to do so there is no harm in it.

Is it okay to lean back against a wall while meditating?

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Yes. But try to sit with your back straight. If a cushion on the floor is too difficult, then you can use a chair. It helps the mind to settle and keep awake and clear, and helps the breathing (which should be through the stomach in a relaxed manner). Leaning against a wall contracts the body, making the mind tend to become more heavy and cluttered.

I live in a hostel. How is it possible to meditate in a such crowded and noisy place?

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Get yourself some noise-cancelling headphones. Either wear them silently or play some zen type music or nature sounds like the sea through them. Close your eyes, and put an eye mask on, and focus on your breathing. You will hear nothing outside you and you will see nothing and you will be set to meditate.

Will Zen Meditation help someone who's in prison?

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TM is used in some prisons to help prisoners cope with being behind bars, so Zen Meditation could do the same.

How long and how many times should I do this? Should it be done on an empty stomach?

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How often one meditates is based on preference, though at least once a day for any length of time is preferable. Eating before or after is fine so long as it doesn't interfere with your meditation.

Can I sit in a chair?

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Yes, just be mindful of your posture and that your back is completely straight.

As a Christian, can I still practice Zazen?

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Yes. Not everyone who meditates does so because they adhere to Buddhism. Many people meditate to cope with stress.

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