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 “I am learning to shut up more in the presence of God”-Archbishop Desmond Tutu

 

Have you ever just taken a moment and let yourself sit and be quite with your thoughts. The 11th Step is the one that covers prayer and meditation…. but do you ever really do it?

It was something that I never really understood until I actually sat down with someone who taught me how to meditate. I was under the impression that I had to sit and chant or hum… and get every single thought out of my mind. This is very hard for an alcoholic and drug addict of my type. Sometimes my head cannot sit still for more then 30 seconds at a time.

What I learned from going to a Meditation in Recovery session at the San Francisco Zen Center was that I did not have to get every single thought out of my mind. I just had to not grab on to thoughts and marinate in them. I would always get discouraged when I would try and start to meditate because I would not be able to get my mind “clear”.

When I saw that there were other people that were having the same issue that were all in the same room it changed the way that I think about my meditation routine. There is also a very beneficial website called calm.com that has an iPhone app that integrates soothing audio along with really great instruction.

I have also been watching videos lately that calm me down and put me in a place of gratitude. Here is my favorite.

How do you meditate?

Adrift from Simon Christen on Vimeo.

 

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