These are some of the things that run through my mind when I’m trying to meditate.
Do fish get thirsty?
At what age is it appropriate to tell my dogs that their adopted?
Who determined the order of the letters in the alphabet?
I forgot to buy shaving cream.
Why do we drive on the Parkway and park in the Driveway?
If an escalator breaks down, doesn’t it just turn into a staircase?
Is a clear conscience merely a sign of a bad memory.
A blind man walks into a bar …..and then a table, and then a chair.
I used to think that the brain was the most important organ in the human body until I realized that it was my brain that was telling me that.
It’s hard to quiet the mind. For me, it starts with closing my eyes, relaxing my shoulders, my jaw and my hands. Then I take a slow deep breathe in through my nose, I pause and then I slowly release the breathe and exhale through my nose. There is an immediate sense of calm. I try to continue to focus on my breathing. When my mind wanders, I return to my breathe. After a few breathes it gets easier. After a minute I’m better able to move through my day with ease knowing I can always return to my breathe.
Quieting the mind takes practice. Sometimes I’m better at it than others. Practice makes progress. Progress is good.
Try it for yourself.