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 our next door neighbor decides at that exact moment to crank “La Bamba” on the hi-fi. Suddenly our relaxing meditation has become a grim test of endurance.

This meditation is the ultimate prophylactic against things needing to be perfect. We drop all expectations and instead embrace the chaos, the cramps, the random distractions. We welcome all of it to the party, and see what happens.

Recorded live at the Consciousness Explorers Club in Toronto. A version of this meditation also appears in my book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, coauthored with Dan Harris and Carlye Adler, along with a dozen or so others found on the 10% Happier app. Enjoy!

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