Zen, Zen, Zen

By Evan Sanders

I'm here to challenge you...and trust me...I never said any of this was going to be easy. So here's my challenge to you.

I want you to take up meditation. And before you go, "Oh common really?!" I want you to hear me out.

Give me a minute to explain to you why this is so important in your life. Lend me your ears as they would say.

Nothing will be "gained" from taking on a meditation practice. Absolutely nothing. In fact, instead of calling it meditation, let's just call it a sitting practice.

I'm asking you to find a place every single day, for 10 minutes a day (set your timer), cross your legs, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. That's it. No guided meditations, no ohms, no sound, nothing.

Breath away and sit there quietly.

Now let me explain what I'm really up to here.

Even though you aren't going to gain anything from meditation, you are going to get something completely different out of it entirely. You will actually experience something that many people don't get to experience at all. The "falling away" of things that are plaguing your life. All of the fear, doubt, and worry starts to drip out of you as you really take the time to slow down and focus on being in the present moment.

If thoughts and emotions come in and distract you, don't get mad at yourself, simply come back to your breath. If you get all wrapped up in something or your internal critic is going off, don't get mad or anxious, just come back to your breath.

Mediation is about learning how to come back. That's all. It's about coming back over and over and over again no matter how many times your mind gets distracted. You keep coming back to the only moment you have, the present moment.

Really give this practice a good try. And with any practice we engage in to nourish and heal ourselves, we experience a constant falling in and a falling out of it. We miss a couple of days but then we recommit back to what we know nourishes us and take it back on again.

Always come back.

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