Things have changed. There have been several days over these past ten days when I have not meditated. This is not as worrisome to me now as it was in my first couple of months. I am not worried that once I skip a day, I won't go back. I need a quantifiable amount of meditation in my life, as I need a certain amount of food or sleep. I don't know the exact amounts of any if these basic necessities, but I always know when I've had too little or too much. These past ten days have been filled with problems. I know they are problems because as my Grandpa Joe told me: a problem is something that cannot be solved with money. The problems are intractable and I do what I can to resolve them. I am not aghast at what I cannot do. This, I am certain, is a result of the distance that is the gift of meditation.
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Meditation is not about ambition. It is about intention. It is not about doing it right or being the best or even about becoming enlightened. It is about sitting in stillness for twenty minutes every day. That’s all. Now, see what happens.