Two minutes a day

3. Start small

If you want to get started without getting discouraged, start small. Leo Babauta advises you to build the habit by starting tiny: 2 minutes a day. As long as you start building the habit, you will improve and start to enjoy. If you practice a sitting meditation without guidance nor mindfulness bell, then listen to your inner urge to get up. Resist this urge twice, and get up at the third time the urge surfaces.

Eva Lantsoght

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Two sides

This is all devastating news for democracy. It is obvious that democracy requires us to sustain the idea that our political opponents may yet be reasonable and sincere. In order to take seriously our role as democratic citizens, we need to be able to regard those with whom we disagree as nonetheless our political equals, entitled to an equal share of political power. Forces that erode our aptitude for reasoned disagreement by dissolving our ability to see the possibility of rational opposition to our own views are fundamentally at odds with our democratic ideals. If we lose the capacity to engage in reasoned debate over fundamental matters, we lose the capacity for self-government, and perhaps the entitlement to it, too.

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