If You Can Breathe, You Can Meditate

Susan Austin Short, MA

I was introduced to meditation during a very difficult time in my life, and I didn't feel like I had the time to practice.  I was told that in committing to daily meditation, I would find I had more time. My attention would become more focused, and I would be able to complete tasks more quickly. 

Not only was this correct, but meditation was also the bridge that brought me back to living life with more joy and a greater awareness of each moment. Now, during the times I “forget”, I am more quickly able to recognize it 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. In practicing meditation, you deepen your commitment to be more present and peaceful for your life.

My Focus is the Body, Mind and Spirit

Focused on treating the complete body, mind and spirit, Susan Short began meditating fifteen 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 Evanston. Susan works with individuals and groups all over the country.

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