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What is Meditation?

Sitting
with breathing
with body aches
with pillows, bright lights
with wondering if you can really call this meditation,
it feels like driving on the 405.

Sitting
and sleeping
Sitting
and ruminating
Sitting and waiting
not moving, not running, not doing anything.

Sitting
and making to do lists,
redecorating the kitchen,
writing an email to Soma,
did she get stood up on Valentine’s day or not?

Sitting
wallowing
Sitting
swallowing
Sitting and forgetting, and forgetting, and wanting to forget.

The song “You can’t always get what you want”
I hate the Rolling Stones
Or
“Hold the pickles, hold the Lettuce, Special Orders don’t Upset Us, All we ask is that you let us serve it your way”.

Sitting
from a young age.
Sitting
into old age.
Sitting from habit, it’s good for you, everyone says so.
Sitting from doctor’s orders

He does not know what other anti-depressants,
anti-anxiety, painkiller, sleeping pills to give you.

Sitting
over a break up.
Sitting
over the summer
over the high holidays, the trip to Kenya,
over the river and through the woods.
Sitting
to get through forty minutes because your lower back and knees scream like glass lodged in your bones.

“Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us.”

Sitting

when your sister hanged herself from the second story balcony in San Francisco

with a bed sheet and rosary around her neck.

Sitting out this life.

Sitting through past lives,
through car alarms, erotica, menopause, cancer,
through your early morning meeting with the Board of Directors
because the volume of the Insight Timer Chime on your new Samsung Galaxy phone was turned off.

Sitting into this life

Sitting.

Whatever

you experience

while you sit with the intention to meditate

is

meditation.

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