There is only one way to meditate

Not really. There’s more than one way to do just about everything. Probably because we’re all different. And there are all kinds of sites that review options, so you can get an idea and see what you would like to try. Live and Dare has a good list.

I personally like Thich Nhat Han’s approach. Half a lifetime ago I read Peace is Every Step and got hooked. It achieved a minor miracle for me: I learned to like doing the dishes. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like housework became my new favorite pastime or anything, but I connected with the idea that mundane tasks, when done with deliberate attention, can be rather nice and even become great ways to shake off stress.

My house is still not the picture of perfect order (whose is?), and I still have to remind myself to put a pause on past memories and future plans; it’s not automatic. Still, through the years, this simple shift of elevating the day-to-day by giving it more conscious attention has made life better.

As for long term benefits, less stress in my life is always a good idea (I’m sure my family would agree). A calmer mind means tough moments are less difficult to get through, daily life is easier to appreciate, and the joy of amazing moments lingers longer. It’s a win all around.


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