Welcome to the Party

Meditation sounds like the easiest thing in the world: close your eyes, relax, and just be.  Except then our neurotic thoughts begin to churn, our legs get all seized-up, and the neighbors decide at that exact moment to crank “La Bamba” on their crappy hi-fi. Suddenly our relaxing meditation has become a grim test of endurance.

Here is the ultimate bad meditation prophylactic. Drop all expectations about things needing to be perfect and instead embrace the chaos, the cramps, and the random distractions. Welcome all of it to the party, and see what happens.

From the book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, coauthored with Dan Harris and Carlye Adler. The book’s dozen or so other meditations can be found on the 10% Happier app. Enjoy!