Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.
St. Francis de Sales
I saw this quote on Dilip’s blog Breath of Joy. It rings true to me. The times when we feel the most busy are the times we probably most need to stop and settle our minds.
I’ve never developed a meditation practice, even though I know I would probably benefit from one. I spend a lot of time working quietly and alone. But I don’t meditate; I think. Instead of clearing my mind, I stir it up.
Cherie has an app on her phone that leads her through guided meditation. She enjoys using it. Proof, I suppose, that there is now an app for everything.
Maybe that’s something I should consider using it too. My only experience with guided meditation was during my first year of college, many years ago. To help manage the stress of our first semester of final exams, the University had meditation specialists (they must have a title, but I don’t know what it is) lead group sessions in the dorms. I went to one, driven probably by curiosity or an opportunity to take a study break. I remember being amazed at how much better I felt afterwards and thinking that I should take the instructor’s advice and make it a regular practice. But I never did. I haven’t made a deliberate attempt at disciplined meditation since then.
So maybe I need to start meditating. I’ll think about it.