I've been meditating since I was 18 years old.
That's half a lifetime ago for me now.
I didn't get into meditation as part of any kind of spiritual belief system.
I prayed as a child when I was a Christian. But by the time I started meditating, I was an atheist.
I'm more spiritual again now, happily (atheism was always an angry, dissonant, lonely belief system for me; I've never liked nihilism, but it's difficult to resist it when your foundation is rejection of the immaterial). That's led my meditation practice to become much deeper, and both more rewarding and also more useful.
However, the kind of meditation I'll talk about with you today is the kind I was doing when I believed in nothing other than the material. It was useful to me then, and I still use it today.
This may not be anything too new if you're a long-time meditator yourself.
But I know many folks aren't.
So today I'd like to introduce you to how to do a 10-minute meditation that clears away toxic thoughts, large pressures, and unhappy feelings.