We don’t need a special cushion on which to sit, nor a special lamp to light, nor a special incense to burn, nor a special prayer or mantra to recite, nor even a special monastery to visit. None of that is bad; it may well help. It is simply not enough. What is enough is now. Start with what is now: with your breath, with what you can see and hear and feel now. Pay attention to now, which is a gift, and be thankful.
-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE