With Susan Short
“If you can breathe, you can meditate”
I was introduced to meditation during a very painful time in my life. At the time I told the teacher that the last thing I needed was one more thing to do. She responded that in committing to the practice, you will find you have more time; your attention becomes more focused, and you are able to complete tasks more quickly. I was highly skeptical of this, but she was right.
Not only was she right about focus, but meditation was also the bridge that brought me back to living life with joy and a deeper awareness and presence in each moment. Now, during the times I forget, I am more quickly able to recognize this and make the adjustments necessary to be present.This is a cycle: remembering and being present, forgetting, remembering again, forgetting, and remembering. This is part of what it means to be human. This is the practice.
This is also why I teach, and this is what I hope you will gain from meditating. It begins with stillness and awareness of your breath: this breath that you have never breathed before. When you practice mindfulness meditation, you deepen your commitment to be more present and available for your life.
About Susan Short, MA
Focused on treating the complete body, mind and spirit, Susan Short began meditating sixteen years ago. Susan believes the success of counseling, and ultimately life fulfillment, can be enhanced significantly when breath awareness, meditation, and mindfulness are part of the treatment. Susan has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University, and has completed a year-long deep study in Meditation Teacher Training. She continues to study at Touching Earth Mindfulness Center in Chicago. Susan works with individuals and groups in the Midwest.