My first introduction to mediation was back in the ‘60s when I bought a book by Marharishi Mahesh Yogi titled, Transcendental Meditation, Serenity Without Drugs. He was an Indian guru who is credited with bringing Transcendental Meditation to the West. At least that’s what his Wikipedia page says but we all know that sometimes the information on those pages needs to taken with a grain of salt. I’m not saying he didn’t do that, I just don’t know and I’m too lazy to dig deeper. I like to think our Native Americans practiced mediation first on this continent in the form of puffing and passing a pipe loaded with barks, berries, herbs and other plant materials. I like to think they were able to empty their minds of I everything but the fellowship of those who were smoking the pipe with them. But what “I like to think” doesn't make it so and it doesn't line up with what I saw in the old western double features I saw on the Saturdays afternoons of my youth. With the exception of Tonto the faithful partner to the Lone Ranger, Native American Indians were portrayed in, shall we say, less than peace seeking ways.