When I sat in Lee’s living room and she taught me what she knows about meditation, she insisted I not call her my teacher. She once scolded me, as only a former high school English teacher could, for referring to her as a guru.
I used to say: Everything I know about meditation I learned from Lee. But now I see why this is not true. Every time I sit down to meditate, it is a new meditation and new chance to find stillness, to find the way to my center. No one can really teach such a thing because it is within each of us to find our own way. But those of us who have cultivated a habit of sitting in stillness every day can encourage others that they too are able to do the same. It is not magic. It is not mysterious or esoteric or only available to those who have scaled the mountain and sat cross-legged for day upon uncomfortable day with the guru. It is available to everyone and it is available to you.