The Recalcitrant Meditator

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(adjective) having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline
(noun)  person with an obstinately uncooperative attitude

Hello, my name is Billy and I’m a recalcitrant meditator. I’ll be honest, the signs were easy to spot. Finding excuse after excuse not to meditate. Falling asleep instantly whenever someone said, “In a moment, we’re going to do a brief meditation.” Whenever it’s time to mediate, having a sudden urge to bathe my neighbor’s cat.

You get the picture. I have every excuse in the book. I have ADD so it’s just “impossible.” I get bored easy – and nothing to me was more boring than meditating. (I always thought they were synonyms.) Meditating means being with myself – and in that regard, I have Groucho Marx syndrome (I would never join any club that would have me as a member).

But I did have a breakthrough. And since I felt like the least-qualified person to lead a class on meditation, it took some convincing to get me to do it. But now, the more I think about it, the more excited I am about it. I found out how to have it work for me, really work. I’ve made it easy for myself. I’ve come up with a bunch of shortcuts. Think of it as “Europe on $10 a day” meets “The Six Minute Abs.”

Here’s what’s planned for our class during Pittsburgh Pathwork’s Meditation Celebration on April 21, 2018.
1. A minute on my struggle – “I can’t do it.” Wah wah quack quack
2. My first breakthrough: getting that meditating isn’t about getting it right – practicing is the practice.
3. Thinking thoughts during meditation isn’t bad. If you can get down from 30 thoughts a minute to 29, that there’s progress!
4. Falling asleep during meditation is just fine. In fact, it’s lovely.
5. How to create a meditation environment when you don’t have any room to create one.
6. How to be comfortable – the strongest back doesn’t always win the meditation.
7. How to do a meditation in 5 seconds.
8. How to find a regular time to meditate that doesn’t feel like you’re sacrificing something – and, in fact, brings great pleasure.
9. Practicing together in a way that’s easy, fun, and also easy.

I hope you’ll join me on April 21 and bring your full out recalcitrant self. Every part of you is welcome.