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I teach a lot of people to meditate. When a new client comes to see me all stressed out, I usually ask them at some point in our conversation if they know how to meditate. Some say yes, though very few have a daily practice. Many say they’ve thought about it or tried it just a few times. Although our culture is becoming more open to both meditation and mindfulness techniques, some people have never even considered meditation because they haven’t been exposed to it yet!

Some of the people who say they have tried to meditate and didn’t stick with it claim that their minds are too restless to meditate. I usually chuckle, throw my arms up in the air in an exaggerated fashion, and say, “this is why we learn to meditate! One major purpose of creating a daily practice is to learn how to calm the restless mind.” More often people turn to alcohol, weed, or other shortcuts to addressing excessive and intrusive thoughts.

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