I have done some meditation, but I’ve never had much success with the “daily” part. It always seems to end up being yet another item on an ever-growing list of things I should do every day to take care of myself. I end up stressing out about whether I’ve meditated, and I’m pretty sure that’s not how it’s supposed to work.
I recently signed up for an online meditation course that you’re supposed to do once a day. I’ve done the math, and I’m averaging a class about every five days. So much for daily, right? Nevertheless, I feel like I’m further along in this meditation practice than I’ve ever been. And one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned from it is that you don’t always need to commit a block of time. When your day is getting chaotic and your thoughts are swirling, you can simply pause. Take a break, breathe, and settle your mind down before returning to whatever task is next. It only takes a minute or two.
That’s why I love our “Two-Minute Meditation,” a feature we launched last issue. It’s an invitation to turn your attention to one simple, calming image. There’s no back story, no big concept to ponder, no lesson or new daily action item. Just a moment of stillness and focus in what is probably an otherwise hectic day. This issue features a beautiful mountainscape. I love the shapes and colors, the gentleness of it.
Right now, you may be settled in a comfy chair and taking time for yourself by reading this magazine. I hope you’ll give the meditation a try now, and return to it anytime you need a two-minute break.
Dalbert B. Vilarino is an illustrator and designer born and based in Toronto. When not drawing or thinking about what to draw next, he can be spotted in the wilderness having a stiff coffee with a warm cookie.
Guest editor Joe Sugarman has worked on stories about health, science, and medicine for more than 20 years. He is a regular contributor to Preservation, Washingtonian, and the Smithsonian’s Air & Space magazines.
Laura Wexler is a Baltimore-based writer and producer who creates narrative projects inspired by little-known true stories. She is the co-writer and executive producer of Dinner Party, a virtual reality thriller that premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Wenting Li is an illustrator, muralist, and cat-spotter working out of Toronto. You can find her work in The New York Times, The Walrus, and at certain street corners in the city.