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Any Hermits/Recluses Here?

Postby CityMouse » Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:57 am

I have recently become a recluse and even gotten into meditation. I love it.

Anyone else?
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Re: Any Hermits/Recluses Here?

Postby iabsurdlyexist » Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:39 am

Recluse in mind only. Is chillin' different than meditation?
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Re: Any Hermits/Recluses Here?

Postby CityMouse » Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:48 pm

iabsurdlyexist wrote:Recluse in mind only. Is chillin' different than meditation?


Well not really. It's just focusing on the breath and letting thoughts float by like a cloud.
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Re: Any Hermits/Recluses Here?

Postby Eight » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:09 pm

iabsurdlyexist wrote:Recluse in mind only. Is chillin' different than meditation?


Quite different if you're actually trying to practice a form of meditation.
Meditation trains the mind. Trains it to detach and stay detached. Trains it to focus and concentrate on just one thing. Trains it to not run around will-nilly in distractions of all sorts. Trains it to let go of it's grip on thinking. Trains it to relax in a way that just chillin' won't ever achieve. Puts the mind at ease so that other forms of awareness can present themselves.

And more. But that's enough for this purpose.

Meditation is really the antithesis of chillin' if it's done well.
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Re: Any Hermits/Recluses Here?

Postby iabsurdlyexist » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:20 pm

Yeah, I have never had much of a problem with intrusive thoughts unless my mind was all I had. Boredom? DBT/mindfulness was a joke. Isn't being detached an inherent skill of being Schizoid? I guess I either don't understand meditation or it's a natural skill I have. Maybe I just need a real life example of what it does.
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Re: Any Hermits/Recluses Here?

Postby naps » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:49 am

Meditation would do me good, but I'm too high strung.

And yes, I am a recluse, but not a hermit as I fear being alone in a room with God.
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Re: Any Hermits/Recluses Here?

Postby Cassandre » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:06 am

Meditation doesn't do anything for me, I'm too turbulent.

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Meditation doesn't do anything for me, I'm too turbulent.
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Re: Any Hermits/Recluses Here?

Postby Holodeck » Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:23 pm

naps wrote:Meditation would do me good, but I'm too high strung.

And yes, I am a recluse, but not a hermit as I fear being alone in a room with God.


Same, and I've tended to have trouble with meditation all my life due to that. I could do it if I was in a situation like when I've taken yoga and an instructor would talk the class through getting to a relaxing mind space. My mind would wander quite a bit but not too terribly. That's around others though. Alone would be me screaming internally. I've always had a problem with meditation because of how it makes me focus on the present and grounds me. When I'm alone I'm hyper-aware that I'm alone. It's an overwhelming sense of aloneness which makes me stop and never want to do it again.

I count being in my inner world as the exact opposite from meditation but with similar qualities which make me feel good even if one's maladaptive. I seem to require at least a light source of streaming dopamine to be in my inner world. Drifting off to sleep works to do it too but not as powerfully as music or even say, brisk walking. If I'm in a group of people I can zone out and go there but it's different. It's not so much inner world daydreaming as much as repeating to myself that I need to focus on other thoughts instead of remembering I'm dealing with people.

I haven't tried meditation since my new meds. I should. Maybe I will...honestly though I feel I'll quickly forget about it before I get the chance to try.
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Re: Any Hermits/Recluses Here?

Postby ZombieZ » Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:05 pm

Yes, last few years I’ve become somewhat of a reclusive hermit. I like that sounds like the poisonous version of a hermit. Like the brown recluse hermit from North America. Actually more like the white recluse hermit
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Re: Any Hermits/Recluses Here?

Postby smirks » Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:56 am

Oh, I've always been a recluse. I didn't know it was something you could get into or out of.

Meditation is an odd concept for me. I've always been such a focused unitasker without the breathing triggers.
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