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  1. Martha

    Speaking purely from personal experience, reading for meditation only works if other factors are regulated – everything ranging from reading position to type of reading material.

    • Hi Martha,

      As you have told me before, you love blogging about a diverse number of things. I know that you’re a big fan of Urban Fantasy and Science Fiction books, and I think that’s the type of reading that’s akin to doing meditation–the type of reading that so engrosses you, because of deep connection, that you’re able to get “lost in the experience”. Yes, you are also right that the type of reading position plays a big factor in determining whether one is able to indeed do reading for meditation. Thanks for pointing that out.

  2. Amelia

    I completely agree with the post. I think the same can be said of using video games for pain management as in one of your previous posts. Some people find it crazy and hard to believe, but the facts are there and it definitely works. I read novels a lot, and following the main character through the whole book gets me into the world of that character and I forget everything around me that might have been troubling me.

    • Hi Amelia,

      I think you make an astute observation as to how reading can be liken to meditation. As you say, when a reader follows his of her favorite character to a different world they in a sense leave their own troubled world–leave their problems behind.

  3. R.Freeman

    I think this is a great post. Often when I am speaking to others and the topic of how much I read comes up, they are often shocked. Then, I always ask them how much they read because why is it so shocking. The answer almost always surprises me; they rarely read. Not to mention what reading offers our minds in general, but yes, what about the way it also relaxes us? Reading is like exercising your mind, but at the same time, it can help you escape after a long day. I am also a writer and strangely enough, it has the same effect. Sometimes I love writing my stories simply because I have fallen in love with these places and characters and I cannot wait to go there and build on their story. I literally disappear into that world and it is always a welcome respite for my mind. Because of this, I can certainly believe in the meditative effects reading can offer.

    • I am definitely a strong believer that reading fiction іѕ а form оf meditation bесаuѕе іt allows уоu tо focus оn а fictional world rather than the real world, and іt аlѕо allows уоu tо empty your mind like а good session оf meditation does. I think in a world where we are bombarded with computer and TV screens before bed, reading is a good way to relax your mind and wake up feeling refreshed.

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