My wife Kerry and I recently started a regular practice of Zazen, or sitting meditation. We drive 20 minutes south to an affluent neighborhood where one of the houses has been converted into a Zendo. There is a sun room where we must take off our shoes before entering. As we enter, Jimu is typically already seated and he gives us a subtle nod as a greeting. His real name is Jim, but he converted it to Jimu when he began his monastic path. He is the care taker of the sacred space and he is there every day practicing Zazen. The Zendo has bookshelves, decorative wall hangings, and a kitchen, but in what would be the dining room and living room there are only raised mats with one big cube-shaped cushion at each station. After hanging up our coats and taking a quick bathroom break, we pick a cushion and settle in. When the Roshi arrives he ceremoniously bows to the buddha shrine and rings the gong three times to indicate that the meditation has started. For the next 40 minutes we sit in silence staring at the wall. There is much confusion about what is supposed to happen during meditation, so my intent for this blog is to dispel some of the most common meditation myths.