Some sweet words for the spinners, from shivian. A little tale for my fellow Germanics, from GardenStone.
When I am preparing myself for meditation (of any sort), I find the need to clear my mind is needed before I can center myself. As I understand it, this is a need for many who practice meditation. The easiest way for me to Clear is to play a game of Solitaire. Complete with solitaire rules of my own choosing & using an older Old Navy deck that has a backing of shiny red, with a white circle in the center, & a shiny green dot in that center. It only takes a few minutes, but it works to shed the outside world every time. :)