Sounds about Right

A description of meditation from someone far more experienced than I. I can’t imagine eleven hours a day of meditation, even if half of it was done walking. And as for discovering the “structure of [my] mind,” forget it. All I’ve noticed is that I have a fairly narrow set of repetitive thoughts. I suppose noticing that counts as some kind of insight, but it’s pretty superficial. I can only sit for about forty minutes in any case. For me, just being able to sit still for that long — regardless of what is or is not going on in my mind — represents something of an accomplishment.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.