Get Your Meditation Questions Answered Here

Vol-1 Ask Frank: What is meant by the term – listen, read
Q. I’ve always found this idea of just letting go to be a useful reminder
of what I’m aiming for with meditation and mindfulness. Go with the
flow – just let go of the preconceptions and thoughts your mind is
fixated on. Directly experience this moment for what it is. Can you
expand on this idea for me.

Vol-2 Ask Frank: Why does mindfulness – listen, read
Q. I’ve been getting back into mindfulness of breath meditation after a few years of not doing it for some reason. My anxiety has been unbearable lately, so I’ve been trying to practice mindfulness daily to calm myself down and be present; however, I’ve noticed that I only feel more anxious during and afterwards. Sitting there alone with just my thoughts causes me to only find new and more ways to get anxious…..

Vol-3 Ask Frank, Where does true – listen, read
Q. I learned from a 4-hour meditation in the Himalayas that meditation the mental state does not depend on geography and that no place will suddenly do anything special no matter how magical it may be. The true paradise exists within you. I know this is not a question but was wondering about your thoughts on this?

Vol-4 Ask Frank, What are your thoughts about Om – listen, read
Q. I’ve meditated my whole life and have had my fair share of religious experiences, but never got around to doing an Om chanting meditation before. It was a beautiful experience. I lost touch with my body, the Om was spilling out of my mouth all by itself, my entire skull and chest would reverberate towards the M syllable in a way that was deeply pleasurable. There was no thought, no ‘I’, just Om and silence and Om and silence, forever…

Vol-5 Ask Frank, I mindfully stepped out bad dream – listen, read
Q. I have been meditating every day for 10 months and last night had something very cool happen, so I want to share it. I was having a bad dream, I don’t typically remember my dreams, but I was having a dream where I was trapped somewhere and trying to get out and felt panicky and afraid…

Vol-6 Ask Frank, What are these unusual – listen, read
Q. While in meditation there were sounds perhaps of a voice but there were also varying tones, like an instrument that were very clear. That would last for a second or two but would only occasionally happen. Can you please help me understand what’s going on?

Vol-7  Ask Frank, How can I stay awake…- listen, read
Q. I have been getting up very early for work. I prefer to meditate in the morning. Historically I have meditated best while lying down and listening to binaural beats via headphones. The problem is that I am falling asleep too easily and missing out on my meditation even when I have gotten decent sleep. Obvious answer might be to meditate while sitting up, do you have any other suggestions?

Vol-8 Ask Frank,  Should I go to a 10-day meditation… – listen, read
Q. I have been doing anapana meditation for 20 minutes a day, for more than a year now I have been wanting to go to a 10-day vipassana course to accelerate my practice, which I booked recently.

I came to know that a friend of mine from college had a full psychotic episode during the retreat and he was taken home on day 6….

Vol-9 Ask Frank, I thought I had a spiritual… – listen, read
Q.  I feel like last summer I was going through this spiritual awakening. Even some of my woke friends said I was changing and going through some awakening process. But now looking back, it feels like nothing’s changed, it’s like I’ve regressed. It’s like I was moving forward in life and then I just stopped. Is it because I’m lazy? Is it just not my time……

Vol-10 Ask Frank, How many people have… – listen, read
Q. Please explain here where are all my brothers who have reached enlightenment? If you’ve reached it, you have to be at least curious if there is anybody who has. I am one of those who know. I read somewhere that there is only “one” and I’ve read in other places that there are many. Could it really only be me? If there are many others…

Vol-11 Ask Frank, How do I talk with… – listen, read
Q. Have you or anyone else in the community noticed that when talking with other people they can actively listen in a way that feels like it’s releasing others negative emotions? When I start to listen with the vibrations within me, similar to meditation, the person I am talking with seems to relax a bit and starts talking in a less painful tone. Do you have any insight on this?

Vol-12 Ask Frank, Is there free… – listen, read
Q. Is there free will? Yes and no. When we feel free will but don’t have free will to make the choice we have a Paradox. Who says something has to be a certain way The boss, the police, you, me? Today, I feel there is free will other days I do not. Can you help me see free will from a different perspective?

Vol-13 Ask Frank, What is Life’s true… – listen, read
Q. I am really trying to understand what the true purpose of life is. I mean we are born and then in between birth and death is the life. After death I believe our soul/ energy moves on to another body (but that’s just me). There are people that we see like Elon Musk who builds things for betterment of life and on the other hand we have those screwed up rich kids who party all night wasting their families fortune…

Vol-14 Ask Frank, Why have a spiritual worldview… – listen, read
Q. I see you are a proponent of having a spiritual worldview and wonder why you feel it is important. I meditate every day for 20-30 minutes, and I almost always become relaxed, and my stress is gone afterward. How would a spiritual worldview improve things.

Vol-15 Ask Frank, Why does yoga help my meditations… – listen, read
Q. I’ve recently begun practicing yoga before my first meditation of the day, and oh my word my body and mind already feel so relaxed by the time I’m laying down. It also relieves some of that tension in my body. This has made my sessions much easier and more fulfilling. Can you deepen my understanding of why this works so well.

Vol-16 Ask Frank, What are the different Stages… – listen, read
Q. I am an early-stage meditator, but I really enjoy it and now want to pursue a path of knowledge. You have used the term consciousness in many different ways and sometimes I am confused by how you are applying the term. Is there any way you could shed light on the different definitions and how consciousness can be different or how it might have different meanings?

Vol-17 Ask Frank, Why do people meditate for a future… – listen, read
Q. Does anyone just meditate because they enjoy the act itself? I really enjoy the act of meditating itself and I’d do it even if it didn’t create future benefits like manifesting something, which I consider secondary benefits to the enjoyment of present moment.

Vol-18 Ask Frank, Does ignoring thoughts and feelings… – listen, read
Q. Does ignoring thoughts and feelings cause them to become buried in your subconscious. If I ignore a thought I can generally return to a quite mind state. It can be different when I have a strong feeling arise in me and I can become confused or taken out of that quite place. I am concerned that when I have a strong feeling it will continue to return if I don’t deal with it. Your thoughts please.

Vol-19 Ask Frank, today is my first day clean … – listen, read
Q. I am a drug user and extremely nervous for today, not really sure what to expect. I relapsed and went on a 2-week Xanax bender taking anywhere from .5-4mg a day, I decided to do a somewhat quick taper, which I know many people don’t agree with. I was able to drop my dose very quickly in my taper it took about 2 weeks.  I feel okay besides some depression and anxiety, like I said I am very nervous and do not really know what to expect, will meditating help at all? Will I be, okay? What should I expect? All kind words are very much appreciated.

Vol-20 Ask Frank, is social media a glitch in our society… – listen, read
Q. With rapid technological advancement, many have questioned the benefits and side effects of social media on a user’s psychological health. I believe we definitely have a problem in our society without a doubt but it’s effect on us is deeper than what most people have imagined, good or bad. What are your thoughts?

Vol-21 Ask Frank, Why am I crying during meditation listen, read
Q. I’ve been meditating on and off for 14 or 15 years and recently started up regularly as I’ve always enjoyed the peace it brings. Recently though, during morning meditation focusing on gratitude, self-love, or feeling my best, I find myself crying almost every time. It isn’t sorrowful, but almost joyful to give these gifts to myself. I thought perhaps it’s my mind releasing burdens, but I’m not sure. Can you explain what these experiences are all about?

Vol-22 Ask Frank, Some people make me anxious what can I do listen, read
Q. I have some people who make me extremely anxious. I understand the most common way to deal with it is to cut them off. But I also realized that they’re an external factor and anxiety is just my reaction from within myself. Is there a way to eliminate the root cause from within myself? If so, how?

Vol-23 Ask Frank, How do I meditate with depression and anxiety…. listen, read
Q. I have some people who make me extremely anxious. I understand the most common way to deal with it is to cut them off. But I also realized that they’re an external factor and anxiety is just my reaction from within myself. Is there a way to eliminate the root cause from within myself? If so, how?

Vol-24 Ask Frank, Staring off blankly into the distance listen, read
Q. When I was a child I recall my mom staring off into space, kind of zoned out. This seemed to happen when she was taking a break from housework. Later in life, as a young adult, I recall doing this as well, quite easily. Years later I can’t do this as easily and I am not sure if it is the same mental state as before. Is this a known meditation technique? Staring off into space?

Vol-25 Ask Frank, I am a long-time meditator who is now getting lost… listen, read
Q. My meditations use to create peace and harmony or lightheartedness in me. I try and self-inquire now and get lost. What I think I know, and the peace and serenity meditation once brought me has been replaced by feeling of bewilderment.

Vol-26 Ask Frank, Why can’t I see benefits of Transcendental meditation… listen, read
Q. I was introduced to transcendental meditation about 1.5 years back. Initially, I did it for around 30 minutes twice a day for about six months. Due to COVID-19, I got sick, and I couldn’t do it , so the habit disappeared. And post covid life was mentally traumatic too because I didn’t have job. For the past 3 months, I have been doing the meditation for 45 min twice a day and have maintained a daily journal throughout with recap every week. But I don’t seem to have any change in my thought process or mental fight or attention or anything. Can you explain this to me, please?

Vol-27 Ask Frank, Grasping for “peak” experiences listen, read
Q. I notice that I often catch myself reaching for “peak” experiences while I’m meditating — like flashes of insight or seeing/feeling cool things, and then using them to gauge my “progress” or to mark that I’ve “grown.” I’d judge certain meditation sessions as “successful” and others as not.

I was reading Stephen Levine’s “A Gradual Awakening” today, and a passage stood out to me. I think it touched me because it reminded me that to be a beginner, again and again, is receiving the moment fully. Please answer and share my observation and your insights in case anyone else also resonates with it or finds it useful.

Vol-28 Ask Frank, Turning my life around can meditation teach me anything… listen, read
Q. I have reached the end of the line mentally, I have been at this place for a very a long time and won’t bore you with the details as to why and how I’ve ended up here, but it has seriously gotten bad over the last couple of months, the worst it’s ever been. I promised my best friends, Cammy, and Jamie, that “if I ever do leave this world and leave you behind, I need you to know that I wouldn’t have done so without trying my best to make the pain of this life tolerable”. So, here we are. I have stopped drinking, I have left my toxic job to look for a happier place, I am isolating myself from people to try and learn to be more independent and much more.

One step I am severely interested in is meditation, but I want to take it seriously. The last couple nights I have gone to sleep listening to a YouTube video that’s just a guy talking about chakras but, as much as it kind of calms me, especially the calm music, I don’t really understand what I’m doing, what I’m listening to and why I’m listening to it. I feel like if I learn more, get more of an understanding of what meditation is and what I’m actually supposed to do, to really do it properly then I stand much more of a chance to succeed with achieving what I’m trying to. At the moment all I have been doing is lying down, closing my eyes, and breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth.

Can you teach me anything? Give me some guidance? Even simply show me resources to learn myself? I have limited income since I left my job.

Again, I seriously appreciate you taking the time to read and help me on my journey.

Vol-29 Ask Frank, I thought meditation would be more profound…. listen, read
Q. In the end it’s all a bit, underwhelming really. Look it’s nice having never heard about meditation and then trying it. But when you’ve been doing it for a while… You sit, you feel tired after, people call this the ‘buzz’ or high you get after sitting for a while, but I mean, is this it?

Is that all you get for your effort? And don’t start with the “stop expecting things” this has no effect on me. I’ve been meditating for a while, and I’ve heard this countless times and I just disregard it because meditating without expectations or whatever is the exact same result.

It’s fine, but it’s not earth-shattering peaceful feelings or a sense of calmness or something that just takes your mind away from where it was. It’s just, meh. Nothing that I thought this practice was. I can sit for 2 hours and feel slightly more tired and a stronger ‘buzz’, but at some point that gets boring, monotonous, and routine like. The feeling never escalates into something enjoyable or something intense. Bottom line meditation has never made me go “woah” at any stage.

I was getting into meditation about half a year ago, maybe more, but I was seeing people blurt out things like, “I stopped smoking marijuana because of meditation” and I’m just here thinking, “How bad was the weed?”. I’ve never tried anything like psychedelics, but I already know they would instantly give me a more profound experience than meditation in just the first couple of hours.

Vol-30 Ask Frank, Harmonizing your Vibrations — Feedback requested listen, read
Q. I am curious about those people you may have worked with that are more experienced in the meditative arts and your thoughts on meditation. I have been active in my practice for ~15 years, and one recent experience made me realize that there are many facets of the practice that I realize now that I didn’t when I first started my journey.

One key element that I found was critical to understand is that, in meditation, the sooner we can get in ‘the pocket’, the moment when we have aligned our internal frequencies, the less apt we are to get distracted and pull away from the practice. I feel this phenomena typically takes about anywhere from a minute to 10 minutes to feel this harmony (dependent on activity just prior…if I was in a social setting previously, it takes me longer to settle into my meditation).

Question 1: Having looked at different brain wave states (i.e., delta waves, theta waves etc.), do you think that settling into this state of harmony is aligned with the Earth Schumann resonance, or is it more driven by your current state. Like harmonizing in the frequency ranges specific to that moment?

Question 2; Do you think that the world is trying to ensure that we are not in this harmonized state. The thoughts around 440 Hz versus 432 Hz, and constantly being filled with division and fear mongering etc. by the news, social media to throw us off balance and ensure that we are erratic?

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