Michele Clark, MEd, MA's blog
And she answers: Probably not.
Meditation has something to offer I decided after a workshop on meditation surprised me with a gift of extra energy, the kind protein bars promise but don't deliver. I talked about this in my second post for this series, you can go back and read it if you'd like. But one year passed, then another. I was busy raising children and earning a living. Also, I was wary.
As a lifelong knitter but only a recent (four years) but dedicated (every day if I can, several seven-day retreats) meditator, here is a short list of similarities between the two activities which I thought might apply to many other kinds of learning processes as well:
Below are brief descriptions of my current three favorite books on meditation. Each one is written by psychologists who have been practicing psychotherapists and meditators for more than 25 years. I use them for reference, inspiration and companionship. I reread them and refer them to clients, friends, students and colleagues.
At the end of my self-compassion workshop this semester in the Psychology & Counseling Program I overheard a student saying, "I'm so glad to hear I could just meditate for ten minutes. I always thought it had to be a whole long thing." This blog is for those who thought they could never meditate, like this student, like me, and for those who already have a meditation or yoga-meditation practice.