Don’t wait—meditate

How much of my life is spent waiting in line, waiting for one member of our party to join us, stuck in traffic, uncomfortable in a noisy, crowded place, uncomfortable on an airplane —even trying to fall asleep.

Waiting for it to be over. I don’t want to be here, don’t want to inhabit these times. I want to subtract them from my life.

I hereby promise myself that (when I remember) I will turn these times toward self-observation, noticing what is going on inside me, how my body feels, what are my expectations, what are my fears.

— Josh Mitteldorf


One thought on “Don’t wait—meditate

  1. I”m sure you and many others have read this but I thank you for reminding me of it. I have also felt if I was DFW’s psychiatrist he would still be alive but perhaps it is lucky to carry that hubris than the guilt that had I been I would have failed to inspire another route. I don’t think his depression was related to this state of everyday ennui and frustration referenced here.

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