I Stopped Meditating and Did This Instead

I started meditating around 2009. I woke up early, lit my candle and sat in silence. It was bliss, unless someone turned on a light near me and disturbed my peace. More on that later. But in a few months, I was clearly less reactive and less stressed.

And then I stopped meditating.

I resumed around 2012 or so, going back to the tried and true 5 AM ritual but without…