>>34550142 meditation is an amazing thing to do, if silencing your mind chatter is something you actually want to do.
as far as the implication made by your picture (meditation can induce a more than negligible amount of hypertrophy), the answer to that is a resounding no.
that being said, i think you should look into alan watts' stuff on meditation.
i am starting to get pretty big into vipassana myself. only just started really. can barely get to the point where i silence my mind, then half the time i think "holy shit i did it!" and i have to start all over again.
sam harris has a great book called "waking up" if you want to read about meditation from a more atheistic/scientific perspective (he is a neuroscientist and renown athiest, but he also used to be a drug-addled buddhist hippie when he was young and dumb)
I have practiced for some time now and I feel it has been a wonderful addition to my life. Personally I have a predilection towards rumination and self doubt so for me meditation have worked wonders. One point of advice, though, is to also focus on what in buddhist psychology is referred to as Bhavana (pali for cultivation). Often the focus in meditation is on the realization that everything is transient and no feeling, thought or sensation is enduring and thus there is no clustering around what you would conventionally refer to as yourself as you take ownership of an inherently transient experience. This is great for dealing with unpleasant events in life which is good as these are normally abundant; it does, however, not help cultivate "wholesome" factors and feelings of personal worth. Essentially you only learn to be with the mind, not to work with it. My personal favorite resource for working with this is "neuro-bhavana" as though by neuro-psychologist Rick Hanson who runs the website http://www.wisebrain.org/ and have also written the, in this case, very relevant book Hardwiring Happiness. Its properly not for everyone but if you're getting into meditation I can't recommend this enough as I think its an essential counterpart to the practice of meditation.
>>34551183 Depends on what you want. A detailed walk through of neurology and meditation then Rick Hanson's "The Buddha's Brain". If a scientific and philosophical intro to meditation then Sam Harris' "Waking Up". Something centered on buddhist psychology with an anecdotal approach then Mingyur Rinponche "Joyful Wisdom" or Tsoknyi Rinponche "Open Heart, Open Mind" or Tenzin Wangyal Rinponche "Awakening The Luminous Mind". If you're into the latter catagory I would personally start with Awakening the luminous mind by Wangyal rinponche. It is rooted in the Bön tradition of Dzogchen but he is very clear and pragmatic in his explanations.
>>34550142 Gmeditation is a great alternative to smoking weed, once you get good at it you can feel high, access parts of ur brain u previously couldnt and it doesn't delay your brains registry of shit
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