I stow my meditation cushion under my bed. Otherwise, my six-year-old daughter drags it around, like a little buddy.
The cushion was a gift from my husband, who found just the right thing. It’s now worn and a little discolored. But it still supports me—most days for 15 or 30 minutes.
This well-worn cushion makes me recall questions I had when I started. How do I learn more about this? Who else is doing it? What’s the benefit? Am I doing it right? While a cushion is not required for practicing mindfulness, mine is a symbol for all those questions. I needed to figure out what kind was best for me, how to put itto use, and how to integrate meditation into my life.
Making mindfulness a part of your life is not a one-time thing. It’s a journey: you learn as you go. Like every journey, it involves practicalities, like cushions and schedules and when your children are allowed to interrupt your meditation.It also involves larger questions, like what books and teachers could be helpful, where to meet others interested in this way of viewing the world, and how mindfulness can help us face life’s big challenges.