Updated: May 22, 2022
“In the Buddhist tradition, the word ‘meditation’ is equivalent to a word like ‘sports’ in the U.S. It’s a family of activities, not a single thing,” University of Wisconsin neuroscience lab director Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., told The New York Times. This makes sense to me and explains why I have struggled with the exercise.
I have wanted to include a meditation practice to my wellness routine but have difficulty with the exercise of sitting still and thinking about nothing or only one thing for minutes on end. The relaxation response that people receive from meditation is definitely something that I could benefit from, but I have not been able to effectively practice (certainly not on a consistent basis). That is until I came across this book. Jason Headley's Fuck That An Honest Meditation.
This book, has been my answer to overcoming my meditation hurdle. Perhaps it is the swear words that make me laugh and feel less intimidated by the process or the straightforward approach that has a honest and real life application to meditation. Whatever it is, every time I do the exercise I feel so much better, like a weight has been lifted off of me.
Perhaps this is just the pre-school stages of my meditation practice and I will advance to other more sophisticated techniques. But for the time being, I am thoroughly enjoying the practice of breathing in strength and breathing out bullshit.
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