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

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