Meditation Is Absolutely Crucial

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     I’ll share with you a more structured meditation that I learned while in treatment up North. It is easy and can have a marked effect in a short amount of time. This might be good for certain people who are not only very busy but have a difficult time sitting still…” – Anybody Can Take Step, Chp. 6

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