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February 21, 2009

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sarah h

How lovely that you have started this daily practice, tracking the waves of change that come along with it. I learned to meditate when I was 17 and have done so off and on since then. During times when I've had a regular practice, I've noticed huge changes in my ability to focus and concentrate, my memory has improved, and I've generally felt sharper and less stressed. It is also a wonderful way to become intimate with oneself, particularly those aspects of our life that we do mindlessly, like breathing. I'm kind of lazy, in that I sit against a wall instead of on a pillow, but it does allow me to just focus on the internal work rather than the pain in my lower back. However you do it, enjoy!

emira

17! Wow. You know I'm really grateful for the education I received, but I kind of wish someone had helped me figure out how to do this at a much younger age. I think it would have helped a lot. And in some ways more than Calculus (though I do love calculus). And, from what I hear there's no being lazy about it any way you do it.

Olga

Hi, I just came across your blog because I was looking for instructions on how to make a half-moon meditation cushion! :) This is not quiet it, but I wanted to chime in. To me, meditation is not about eradicating your mind from all thoughts. It's the art of not paying attention to your thoughts. You are trying to establish a 'witness', where you observe your mind from the side, knowing that your mind and your thoughts do not define you. Kudos to you for sticking with your practice!

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