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Kate, the author of this interview, has mentioned Salzberg's book several times as a helpful primer for all, especially people who want to start meditating but are daunted by the task. Here in Minneapolis-St. Paul, there are quite a few classes — free and for a fee — that might be a good experiment.

Although I'm not a meditator, I do find stopping at several times a day simply to acknowledge an event that I often take for granted (e.g., the way my three-year-old son holds his pen or marveling that I'm sitting in the same room as Bobby McFerrin) helps me be thankful, and aware. Cheers!