Tuesday, September 10, 2013


For a while, I used the alarm function in my cell phone to time my meditation. About twenty minutes. Then I switched to a stick of incense, which was between twenty to forty minutes, depending on the type of incense stick. Now, I just count 200 breaths. That's about twenty minutes. So no setup, no incense to buy, no clocks or alarms to set: Just count silently 200 breaths.

Just don't lose count. Concentrate. This is a simple form of meditation, since counting breaths is one way, this just combines counting breaths with timing the meditation itself. I'm pretty sure I'm not the first person to think of this, but I thought I'd post this anyway. I'll probably go back to burning incense again, once I get to the store.

Do it any way you want, as briefly or as long as you like, just meditate every day.

I wrote a couple of books on Zen: Get Your Zen On and Zen Happens. (amazon links)

No matter what you read, meditate every day. Be kind to others.