If you’ve investigated mindfulness or mindful meditation (and you should) then you’ve probably come across the advice, “Sit quietly and listen to your breathing…”

At the risk of contradicting the experts, I want to suggest this might not be the best way to get started…

the mindfulness myth

photo credit: Nickolai Kashirin (licence)

It starts…

You find a quiet room and sit in a comfortable chair. You relax and take ten slow, deep breaths (like the book says), listening to the sounds they make. And then mysteriously, magically, wonderfully, you become in touch with your inner self and the world around you.

Except… Continue reading