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The Lesson that Transformed My Meditation Practice

Whew. This morning’s meditation session was a hard-fought grudge match between peace of mind and monkey mind.

I’ve been trying to establish a regular meditation practice, 20 minutes a day, with the same approach I bring to exercising: Suit up and show up. Every morning, I sit on my pillow, queue up a favorite guided meditation app, and do my best. Sometimes my mind cooperates; sometimes the monkey runs the show.

There have been times when my monkey has been so persistent, I’ve found myself leaping up and running from the effort before even realizing what I was doing. One minute I’m sitting quietly, the next I’m on my feet, in a pointless panic.

But recently, in a beginners’ class at a local meditation center, I learned something that changed everything.

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The Lesson that Transformed My Meditation Practice

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  1. As a somewhat erratic meditator, I can attest to the value of knowing these “four aspects”. It’s wonderful when your time sitting with your own consciousness is a smooth and blissful path. But just as in the rest of your life, when the storms come – and come they will, opting out is really not a solution. Staying with it is how strength of mind is created. It’s SO valuable to know this.


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