You’ve read the articles. Clicked on the click bait. You know there are way more than ten reasons meditating will help you. But it’s just so boring. I know. I feel the same way.
Rather than clearing my mind and focusing on my breathing for a specific number of minutes every day, I’ve recently decided that I was going to pick a few of my favorite philosophers, read a small piece of their work, digest it, and write a short note on my thoughts about it. I’m using this exercise to do two things. The first is to help move my thoughts and actions further in the direction I would like to see them moving. The second is to get my mind back into the habit of writing daily.
Then I remembered I have this blog website I’ve been fairly lazy with for the past eighteen months. So, my plan is this; starting January first, I am going to post a daily meditation every morning. Each one is going to take less than two minutes to read and will be a very simple thought about a specific point made by the philosopher I am reading at that time. By no means do I consider my thoughts valuable or informed. I will be writing these to myself, not as instructions but as thoughts about how I can use these ideas. Because I am publishing them, I will use the plural ‘we’ instead of I.
I am not certain how long I am going to keep this up for but I’d like to get through at least one philosopher!
I hope you’ll come along with me on this.