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The Buddha

Getting a meditation practice started can be a bit daunting. You sit down, more or less comfortably — sitting on a chair is fine — with your back straight and focus on your breath. And before you know it, your mind has wandered to something else, anything else, what you want for lunch, where to go on vacation, what to wear tomorrow, anything but your breath.

That’s what happens to everyone. We call it a practice for a reason.

Just return your attention to the breath. Again. And again. And again. And again, eight billion times.

Regular practice is best. Five minutes daily is better than twenty minutes one day and none the next. Don’t worry about the total time you spend meditating at first. Gradually, your focus will improve. You may start to have realizations, which tend to come out of nowhere, and often when you are not meditating.

And before you know it, you’ll be ready to start working on the jhana states. Eventually you will be unaccountably and unavoidably happy, then equanimous.

You may have various moments of mini awakening before you hit the big kahuna. But keep going and you will awaken fully.

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Uppity gay, Buddhist, author, historian.

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