I've picked up Meditation for Dummies at the library, because I've always been curious about it, and, as of April 9, I've started meditating.
I know it's pretty soon to report results, but I already feel calmer and more in control of myself. I've wanted to stop swearing and getting angry when I drive, and it is already much easier to just breathe and relax. I'm looking forward to the peace and contentment in store as I continue to just meditate 5-15 minutes at the start of my day, after I pray, before I eat.
And don't worry. I won't be shaving my head and going to live in Tibet anytime soon. Well, I might shave my head, (getting balder and balder anyway) but the furthest I'll be moving is American Fork.
Once again, I realize it perhaps a bit silly and definitely premature, but this is also a journal, and it's as much for me as it is for you. I'll report more on it as time progresses. I also admit it a bit silly that I'm learning from a "For Dummies" book, but as Socrates would say, the first step is to admit you know nothing. You big dummy.
One principle I love and hope to take to heart is happiness: Being happy with what I have and not wishing for what I don't.