A typical meditation practice for me looks like this: I sit on my cushion, and my dog comes to snuggle next to me. I spend a few minutes petting him, and then I figure I should probably get started (though really, I count that as my meditation, too).
Before the moment the timer dings to indicate the start of my practice, my mind feels calm and ready. Once the bell dings, though, the thoughts start to fly.
In truth, they were flying before. I just didn’t notice until I started to turn my attention in.
And that right there is why I meditate: to cultivate my awareness, particularly my internal awareness.
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