What are we actually doing when we meditate? That’s a good question to which there are all kinds of answers. I’ll give you a couple to think about. First of all, when we meditate, awareness is becoming aware of awareness. No matter what state or frame of mind you’re in—your mind may be chattering about a movie, the book you’re reading, a conversation you just had, the commercials you saw on the freeway—when you start to meditate, all that stuff comes up. That’s fine! That’s the stuff of the human mind. Just let it be there. 

But what happens when we stay with that? When we meditate longer, we get there. I know because I meditate a lot because I need to. (Laughs) For me, after about 45 minutes to an hour, I usually get through all the chatter stuff and that’s when things start to shift. 

Most of the time, we think we’re our thoughts…

After a time, we start to become aware of ourselves as the context—not just the content. Most of the time, when we…



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