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Mindful : December 2015
By Steve Hickman Illustrations by Min Ahwon Meditation can seem so meaningful and significant that it becomes a great big chore. In fact, with a slight shift in attitude, it can be as simple as walking the dog. PHOTOGRAPHS©VINCENTBESNAULT/GETTYIMAGES So you started meditating— perhaps you completed a Mindful- ness-Based Stress Reduction course— and you sat there on your shiny new cushion that you just bought, con- vinced that practicing meditation was going to finally do what nothing else had. It just made sense: letting go of the seeming unending judgmental activity of your mind and dropping down into a more purposeful and bal- anced life of equanimity and loving- kindness. You were set. You found a way to carve out time in your crazy schedule to just sit and watch your breath. And off you went. Watching the in-breath and the out-breath. Seeing thoughts arise and simply noting them arising, dropping back into the breath when you found yourself caught up in thinking. Work- ing mindfully with difficult emotions that periodically oozed in. Faithfully (and a little bit hope- fully), you sat and watched it all unfold, and perhaps you even →