After completely failing to cope with the unexpected death of a close friend a couple of months back, it was suggested by someone who was helping me work through things that I may want to take up mindfulness meditation as a daily practice to help me…well just generally deal with life a little better. I have always avoided meditation and the like because of the “new agey” trappings that hang off it, but after doing some research and watching the Great Courses introduction to Mindfulness course I started my own practice. I have only been at it about 2 weeks, so, barely practicing at all, but I downloaded the headspace app to help keep me accountable and practicing for at least 10 minutes every day, twice a day if I can.
But I’m sort of all by myself in this and don’t have anyone to really talk to or ask questions of. While I do have a couple of meditation centers near me one is so full of woo that I can’t even handle it, and the other two are Transindental Meditation and that’s a whole different thing as far as I can tell. I was thinking vaguely of going to the Zen Center in Philadelphia, but that brings a whole religiosity into things that I don’t exactly feel comfortable with.
So, I figure there have to be a handful of Dopers who meditate and some of you guys might want to have a little meditation discussion thread with me here.
Any of you guys on board?