“Meditate”  is a word that means different things to different people. Here’s what it means in my life. Twice a day, morning and evening, I set the timer on my phone for 15 minutes. Then I practice conscious breathing — which means I breathe and I keep my awareness on my breath. I feel my breath in my nostrils; I am aware of the movement of my diaphragm, my ribs, my abdomen; I experience where my lungs receive my breath, and where they don’t; I experience the glory in every inhalation, and the acceptance in every exhalation; I keep a little smile on my face.

At the end of 15 minutes of conscious breathing, I find that I have gathered my wits, I remember who I am, I dwell in appreciation and gratitude, love is in every cell. Really, it’s quite a satisfying experience! And when I don’t do my 15 minutes of conscious breathing? Chaos in some form or another is a likely visitor to my life.

And so I encourage you to answer the question — what does “meditate” mean in your life?