The Land of Nowhere

Today’s #LongerView, “The Undertow of Thought,” is about bringing the meditative state into every day, rather than escaping into the somewhat seductive and oh-so-subtle mental wandering we do: the what ifs and if only.  It’s like an undertow, as we learn to swim with rather than against it.

As always, I provide the swinging bench. I hope you enjoy the post.

Aim for Even posts offer equanimity a dose at a time. No day or dose is ever the same, even if the aim is. You may read about the origins of Aim for Even here or on this site’s About page.

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  1. Dear Karen,

    I am not sure how this attempt at replying to you will work, my computer does not seem to like WordPress blogs. But I will give it a shot anyway.

    I have been reading your blogs for a couple years now, or more. Sometimes I share your posts with my readers… I shared today’s with some folks in my Meditation Group, hoping especially one person will read and think about what you have said. I will call her BJ. BJ and I have Lyme’s. It is not fun trying to cope with the pain and trying to avoid addiction to pain meds. Some of us get hooked more easily than others. And many in our meditation group are in recovery for alcohol or drugs. That makes coping with the pain a little scarier.

    I just want you to know I appreciate your posts, your ‘hanging in there’ to share your life struggles and maybe help some of the rest of us on our journeys, too.

    So thanks for all you do. And you are right, we all must look at what we CAN do and not let the things we can no longer do control our lives and our emotions. And somedays I figure a 5 minute meditation is better than none… and I get my hour’s worth in 5 minutes at a time.

    Thanks for being there.


    Many Feathers Mitakuye oyasin

    Come visit me at To see what is happening at the Train Station – go to:


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    1. I apologize for being so late in responding to this post but as you have Lyme’s Disease, you have an idea of what can and cannot be done, no matter the intention. Winter is a very low and slow time for me, and the day I read your comment I was particularly low. I wasn’t sure whether or not I was going to write but thanks to you, I did, and the day was a bit lighter. Thank you.

      I could not agree more about a five minute meditation being better than none. I think it was at least a couple years before I began meditating for a year. I just thought I’d try it, and I continued to do it. As I meditate first thing in the morning, it has become my favorite part of the day. You hang in there, too and best to all in the group.



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