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Mindful : August 2018
every day for the next 30 days. Joe tells me, “There’s nothing magical or correct about 15 minutes and 5. In the course of our conversation it just came up and I used my intuition to suggest it, given your experience, interests, etcetera.” I’m not a rank beginner—I’ve done yoga for the better part of 20 years, but I never met a Savasana I couldn’t turn into an epic life-planning session, or at least make a thorough grocery list during. I regularly visit the flota- tion tank business that opened in my city a few years ago, where I generally spend several minutes convincing myself there is a good flow of oxygen into the tank before falling asleep and waking up to the sound of my own panicked splashing. And I’m a writer, and when the writing is going well, it requires of me a deep and singular focus, and rewards me with an over- arching sense of well-being at the end. But the times the writing is going well are few and far between, if I’m being totally honest, which it seems import- ant to be at the outset of this journey. We talk for a while, and then Joe says, “Let’s do a little.” I feel a bit uptight—I am a person who likes to know how to do things before I do them, especially if I have to do them in front of people, but Joe calmly walks me through the technique. We move to the edge of our seats in his tidy, well-appointed living room. Sit with attention, he says, as if you’re at the most exciting part of the movie. But sit with ease, too, he instructs. Observe your natural breath. And then, because your mind needs some- thing to do, bring your attention back to your breath. Do this with a friend- liness toward yourself, but do it. Bring your attention back, every time you observe it wandering. We do this together for 5 minutes, and a quick wave of euphoria rushes over me. I feel like a kid on a bike with no training wheels, and Joe is running alongside, until finally I leave him behind and am pedaling on my own. It’s a surprise when 5 minutes pass, and I haven’t fallen off the bike. Maybe meditation is not as hard as I think it is. Maybe I’m not as bad at it as I’ve always said I was. The next 30 days are going to be amazing, I think, as I shake Joe’s hand and head out the door. I have a terrible sleep that night, worried about starting my 30 days. I want to do a good job. Joe’s right. This is going to be hard for me. I’m surprised by how quickly 15 minutes goes by once I’m out of bed and on my cushion. I don’t get the bike-riding feeling when I’m meditating by myself, but I do get a bonus dark fantasy about the space heater in my study catching fire and burning up my novel-in-progress, my sewing supplies, and our wed- ding photos. It’s work to bring my attention away from that morass and back to my breath, but I’m relieved to have somewhere else to direct my attention, frankly. This “friendliness toward self ” Joe mentioned is going to be an uphill walk. → ABOUT THE AUTHOR Stephanie Domet is a writer and editor who is forever trying to keep her narratives where they belong: on the page. Take the Plunge! Join Mindful on September 1, 2018, for Mindful30, our 30-day online mindfulness challenge designed to boost your well- being while raising money for organizations bringing mindfulness to schoolchildren across the country. Led by a group of leading mindfulness teachers, Mindful30 will inspire, motivate, and guide you through your very own month-long mindful journey. Each week we’ll serve you new guided practices, including: Judson Brewer on acknowledging habits, Cara Bradley on mindful movement, Jessica Morey on building emotional resilience, Vinny Ferraro on cultivating compassion, Rhonda Magee on being in community, The Holistic Life team (Ali Smith, Atman Smith, and Andres Gonzalez) on loving- kindness, our very own editor-in-chief, Barry Boyce, with insights and guided meditations, and more. Learn more at mindful.org/M30 Living in the moment is not something I have a lot of experience with, and I’d like to change that. 46 mindful August 2018 meditation