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The Mediocre Meditator Shares (with permission) Stories From Mother and Daughter Goddard Students

 

Leslie Whitcomb, a graduate student in the MA in Counseling and Psychology Program, sent me this story about her daughter Thora's meditation practice.  Leslie is the mother of eight children and is currently doing her counseling internship in a community mental health clinic, where she has already been asked by two different staff to apply for a job after graduation (Yay, Leslie!).  

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The Mediocre Meditator: Deconstructs An Early Morning Moment Using Buddhist Psychology and Other Points of View

 

What can I say?  Every morning that I loll in bed past six a.m., which is to say most mornings, I am condemned. By whom?  Myself, of course. The judge within. This is how it goes: I've slept well. Outside the birds are trilling their light morning tunes.  Cotton sheets rub against my skin. It all feels delightful. Why get up and lose this deep savoring? I say to myself. The Buddhist principle here: Human beings cling to pleasure.

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The Mediocre Meditator: Brain Science and Procrastination

 

     Faced with writing what seemed like an endless number of papers when I was in graduate school many years ago, I stumbled across a method for overcoming procrastination.  Much more recently, in the November-December 2013 issue of The Psychotherapy Networker I came across an article that grounded my method in physiology. Eureka! I cried. (Well, mumbled, really). And how affirming.

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When Bad Things Happen to Good Meditators

 

As it turns out, if you meditate long enough the devils of self-criticism and fear may decide to make an appearance.  In my reading about meditation I had come across allusions to this but I didn't pay attention, in part because I couldn't imagine it.  Meditation had either offered me some gifts of clarity or it seemed absolutely innocuous.  Most mornings when I meditate nothing much happens.  My mind races  - I forget to focus - I return to focus - I forget, I return.   The bell rings, my to-do list is ready, the day begins.  Devils, schmevils what could go wrong?

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