Making the time

I live in a seasonal town that gets EXCEPTIONALLY busy in the summer: theatre shows, coffeehouses, bands, canoe trips, birthdays, and a myriad of “special events”. On top of that, I’m in the middle of finishing the creation of my first solo show. Again, I have been missing more sittings than making them.

How to make the time? Well, just make it. If there’s time for swimming, there’s time for meditation. If there’s time for hiking, there’s time for meditation. I f there’s time for dancing…you get the idea. Then why, with all the payoff that meditation brings, has my mind failed to make the association that meditation is wonderful? I have NO problem thinking, “Fire = Fun = Potentially Singing = Food = Friends = Yes”. Yet, in the morning, my mind says, “I would WAY rather sleep for an hour than meditate”. I need external discipline.

I am headed back to a centre in the fall and am hoping that by then I will be sitting even once ever three days.

In the meantime, it’s Emma’s birthday tomorrow as well as the first meeting for anyone interested in participating in the Cabarets. Perhaps I’ll forgo lunch and make time to sit.


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About Ryan Shelton

While I'm currently married to a beautiful woman while teaching physics at Padua Academy, these descriptors fail to capture the totality of my adventurous life. I have hiked over 1700 miles, traveled to 5 continents, managed a bakery, started a meditation center, counseled troubled teens, attended Duke, UNC, and Harvard, protected forests as a wildland firefighter, volunteered thousands of hours with Americorps, rafted the Grand Canyon, SCUBA dived on the Great Barrier Reef, and continues to find new adventures. I hope my writing encourages you to pursue your dreams and be the best version of yourself while supporting your communities to work together to solve the current challenges in our world.

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