I had just turned 18 when I was introduced to Zen Buddhism by a well-intentioned mentor. He showed me a simple book on meditation that introduced the concept of the “self”, and the practice of observing one’s own thoughts.

met·a·cog·ni·tion
noun. PSYCHOLOGY /ˌmedəˌkäɡˈniSH(ə)n/
1. awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes.

The intention of the meditation practice he showed me was to observe my thoughts without judgment. To watch the patterns that were playing out subconsciously in my day-to-day, and to live more intentionally as a result.

I didn’t find it so straightforward.

This is where I’ve found purpose in writing. To examine my thoughts in better detail.