MEDITATION COMES TO PATERFAMILIAS. Some eight or ten years ago, I heard a broadcast on NPR which recommended something like meditation for people having trouble going to sleep.

The recommendation was a four step process which would help you pay attention to your breathing. The four steps were simple:

STEP 1. Breathe in for a count of four.

STEP 2, Hold your breath for a count of four.

STEP 3. Breathe out for a count of four.

STEP 4. Don’t breathe for a count of four.

From time to time I tried this when I was having trouble getting back to sleep. Sometimes it worked; sometimes it didn’t.

Every so often, Mary Jane, panicked, wakes me up because I’ve stopped breathing. I say I’m breathing and go back to sleep.

A week ago or so we discovered why she has thought that I have stopped breathing (think of STEP 2 and STEP 4.)

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