As far as I can tell from my Journals, I started meditation back in early 2011. I was intrigued with all the benefits that could be derived from regular practice, not the least of which at the time was staving off alzheimer’s disease.
I read several books on meditation but more helpful than the ones on “how to” (Mindfulness in Plain English, by Henepola Gunaratana; Books by Deepak Chopka) were the ones by ordinary people who went into it as skeptics and came out believers. I especially liked 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by Dan Harris.
So I began meditating. I wanted to do it “right” of course, with the right mantra, breathing technique, body position, etc., and slowly worked up to 30-minute meditation sessions. The major problem I found was my very inflexible legs and the stiffness-to-the-point-of-pain trying to get out of position when I was done!
Then I discovered the Zafu! This wonderful, sturdy little pillow in just the right contour, size and firmness allowed me to meditate in the “right” position without agony. Now I can focus on my breathing, let my thoughts float away like little puffy clouds in the sky and come away refreshed and peaceful instead of in pain.
Total investment: $30.00
Totally worth it!