I really enjoyed listening to Sharon talk about the Art of Starting Over. She tells us that the moment we notice our mind wandering or distracted IS the “magic moment.” It is the moment we can be really different, be kind to ourselves, let go and start again. Today at about noon I had the chance to start the day over and how magical it did seem to be able to turn back the clock a few hours and start the day anew. Between the time a woke up, did the school run, came back home to prepare for my day I found myself winding myself up about the things I had to do and hadn’t done, worrying about the drive out to my son’s soccer game and how cold it was going to be standing out watching him, worrying about him and whether he was going to be too cold, responding to emails, preparing for a class I was going to teach that evening, oh and trying to squeeze in my meditation practice. By about 10 a.m. my heart racing and my breath short. By 11:00a.m. my head was spinning, I was exhausted and frustrated for working myself up in such a way. I remembered Sharon’s words and thought to myself I can just stop everything I am doing and start again. I was going to be very kind to myself and leave the emails and to do list for another day and go and sit to begin again. How liberating it felt to know that I could do this. I allowed Sharon to guide me through her breathing meditation and I was able to concentrate on her words and on my breath. The moment my mind wandered to the soccer match or to my to do list, I turned my attention back to the breath and started again. The mind wandered a few more times but I was able to start again, let go of the thoughts and emotions and continue until the end of Sharon’s meditation. As I opened my eyes and I felt present to the beginning of a new day.