Turned Off the Stove

Usually cooking sets me right up out of the blues but my brain’s so flat I’ve been making far too many flat out blunders. So I’m going to lock up the kitchen for the week and go find a little corner of nature to stare at.

With that in mind I asked my good friend and mental health expert, Robert Oliva, to help explain our overall addled selves. I came up with a couple of questions around what seems to be current bothersome subjects and, if my meager technology allows, will spool them out. I hope they help until I get the stove up and running.

Meditation is one of the best ways to achieve some balance while going through difficult times. But it can be hard to know how to begin. Do you have any advice for how to start a practice?


It’s great that you are considering meditation. There are so many benefits to a regular practice. You will see many improvements in your emotional, physical, and social life from meditating.
There are some things you can do to start a practice:
· Make a commitment to the practice. To be effective, meditation must be done regularly with persistence and determination.
· Educate yourself on how to meditate.
· Dedicate a space and time to your practice.
· Create a schedule that you can realistically keep.
· Try not to let a day go by without meditating.
· Find a friend, teacher, or group that can deepen your practice. Fellowship and mentoring can play important roles in maintaining and flourishing a practice.
Good luck on your journey.

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