As Long As You Want

I am going to clarify about how long to meditate; in my opinion, meditate as long as you want. If you only have ten minutes, I still say, that’s better than nothing. If you prefer an hour, do it. The main thing is to be concentrative, focused, intentional, non-distracted and non-multi-tasking as possible. Don’t use the time to ruminate about all the things you didn’t do or should be doing instead of meditating. Don’t use meditation as a beat up time, punishing “time out,” or great escape (like, not showing up for work on time). If ideas and inspirations come, welcome them. If you are afraid you will forget them, jot them down on paper or a pad. Meditate with a sense of purpose and common sense. Lighten up about it!


About sheilaklewis

As a writing coach, meditation teacher, writer, and academic tutor, I'm passionate about words and the silent spaces between words. In this context, I run book clubs and writers' groups where the resonance of carefully crafted words can spark readers and writers to share their own stories. Connecting through conversation; making memories matter; embracing editing and revision, and imaginative wordplay are some solo and collective outcomes. I came to what I call my "Meditate Write Now" practice after years of art-making, writing grants, curriculum, children's stories, and more. Meditation kept my mind from meandering too far off point and also led me to write from the still point within. May our paths cross in creative journeys across time and internet connections! Other details: My husband and I are the parents of two amazing sons and one daughter-in-law, and smitten grandparents of Micah (born December, 2013). I don't drive, and have lived in the same apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, for too long.
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