“Try again. The most important lesson I have learned in my years of meditation practice: it’s not about how long you’re able to sustain your focus. What matters is how often you notice that you’ve wandered off, and you come back. Every journey back to your intention
renews your mind and your heart.

Platelets need to be transfused
within five days. There’s a good chance that my blood is flowing in
someone else’s body right now, giving them strength. Meditation is not
the only path. I know that next time I sit down to practice, I’ll be in
that comfy chair, heart open, squeezy ball in hand.”

— Gretchen VanEsselstyn, in “Meditating While Drawing Blood: The Spiritual Gift of Donation.”

(Photo by Pietro Naj-Oleari)

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