Do you think too much? That’s exactly why you should meditate.

As a new meditation teacher, I’m evangelical about the practice, asking just about everyone whether they’ve tried it. “No, I think too much,” is the most common answer. Or something like, “I gave up because I couldn’t clear my mind.” I want to grab their shoulders and shake them — but that wouldn’t be so on-brand of …

Give yourself permission to meditate when you’re stressed out

I used to smoke cigarettes every day. Never more than two or three, but for long enough — a few years in my mid-20s — to be ashamed about it. Smoking felt like an instant escape from feeling stressed. That hit of nicotine, the fresh outside air, the burn in my lungs flipped a reset switch inside of me. …