Sit Still and Be Here Now

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Lately, a lot of folks have asked me for help starting their meditation practices. Meditation may seem strange or confusing if you’ve never tried it before, but it’s really the simplest thing in the world. In fact, it may be that simplicity that makes it so hard for us to grasp. “Wait … you mean, I’m supposed to just … sit there?” Yeah. And the moment you do, your mind starts chattering away, at which point most people get distracted and quit.

Below is a simple guided meditation I’ve recorded that you can stream here or download. Pro tip: I suggest downloading so you don’t have to be online to use it. That way you can hide in the bathroom at work to meditate on particularly stressful days … not that I know anything about that.

This practice is only about six and a half minutes long, which is just enough to get a taste of that nice quiet sensation meditation creates. Many people say they don’t meditate because they don’t have enough time, but I call shenanigans on that! You don’t have to sit for 30 minutes every time, especially if you’re new to it. Just try a few minutes every day at first. As you begin to feel the benefits of meditating, you may find that it’s easier or at least more of a priority to find time for it during your day.

If you enjoy this practice and want to learn more, check out Meditate Like a Boss, my guide to developing your personal meditation practice.

Peace!

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poem on waking with thunder

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You can read the poem yourself below or click to hear me read it. Or both. 🙂

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Poem On Waking With Thunder by Durght
i wish
they would come
at night
cold-handed
in the rain
when the revelers
are drunk
and the sweet smoke
clings
they should come
with thunder
unexpected
and shake us
from slumber
and dreams
of sunny days
and forever
when old loves
scream drunkly
and new queens
smirk boldly
they should come
like bombs
sobering
and dark

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