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Meditate on this

Published: February 21, 2014, 10:45 am, by Jen Mulson

meditationI’m setting yet another intention to make meditation a regular part of my day. My intentions are good, I swear! Though I do feel like I constantly set the same one – for years now. And I’ll sit and practice for a couple of days in a row, and get all smug.

Like this week. I have a smug mug.

Do you meditate on a regular basis?

There was a time, a few years ago, when I had a regular practice – every day for about 15 minutes or so – whatever I could squeeze in before work. Morning seems to be my happy time for sitting. But I’m not opposed to the nighttime. And that actually might be better. It would help calm my monkey mind from a full day of living large in this loud world.

I think there is huge benefit to be had in a regular meditation practice. And if just the sound of that word puts you off, consider it just sitting quietly for a few minutes to listen to your breath wash the day’s grime off you.

There are plenty of places in town, online or in books and magazines to help you learn how to meditate, though I don’t think there’s any great trick to it. You just sit down, close your eyes, sit still and breathe. If you can, don’t follow any thoughts off into the ether and start creating storylines. Learn to let each thought go. I always tell myself there’ll be plenty of time after my meditation session to go off and indulge my thoughts, so why not be here, in the moment, right now?

What’s your take on meditation? Any advice for me or others? Send me a note: jen.mulson@gazette.com