"A long time ago, I came across a definition of meditation that it comes from the root meaning 'right balance.' That rang true for me because, personally, my attention is often so fragmented, egocentric, narcissistic or self-concerned that there isn't a whole lot of inner balance or alignment with what is. Rather, I am stuck in a state of nonbalance. Right balance is when my mind is not spinning out endless movies and delusions, or maybe it still is but I am just not so attached to believing them. Meditation is when I can watch stuff go by and the part of me that usually interrupts and says, 'That's a good story, or that son of a bitch, or I'm guilty and awful,' that part sits back and sees it as just one more story but without attachment to it."