Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.
Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.

I am a long time failure at meditation.  No matter what I do the monkey mind always wins.  I have tried many different types of meditation.

  • Following my breath – I always end up hyperventilating.
  • My own secret mantra – which eventually bores me and I end up tying to think up a new secret word instead of meditating.
  • Listening to the surrounding sounds – this one is a total distraction.  Depending on my mood I can freak out and think someone is in the house waiting to accost me or that the water is running in the toilet and I better get up and check it.
  • Listening to alpha wave music – I end remembering everything I need to do that day and sure that I will forget those items the minute the music ends because I am in such a blissful state.

So I decided to invent my own meditation.  Why not, right?  Every swami has to start somewhere.  This would be the write it down meditation.  When a thought occurred to me while meditating , instead of angsting over forgetting it, I would keep a pad next to my cushion and right it down.  Then I would be able to blissfully return to the world of cleansing my mind.  So this is what happened.

  • Breath
  • I think I’ll make a pork roast for dinner.
  • I’ll try that recipe for apple cider brining.
  • Buy apple cider.  Write it down.
  • Breath
  • Is that toilet running?
  • I really have to call the plumber.  Write it down.
  • Breath
  • Wow, listen to how noisy that car is.
  • I keep forgetting to get the car serviced.
  • Call the dealership.  Write it down.
  • Breath

On and on and on until I ended up with a calm mind, a long to do list, and writer’s cramp.

Except for the writer’s cramp I think I may be on to something here. The Efficient Woman’s Method of Meditation, how not to waste a minutes time by combining your to do list with achieving calmness.  I see it now – 52 weeks on the Times Best Seller list, interviews on the Today Show, and my own line of calendars and daytimers.

Wishing you efficient calmness,


Oh, and I am already on my way to the copyright office, so don’t even think about it!




About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

7 Responses

  1. Well, it is said that laughter is the best medicine, so I hope you were laughing as you wrote this, as you’ve made me laugh! My mind moves on about 4 to 5 tracks. I have never tried meditating, & the best focus I have is when I read. You made have created a very good idea!



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