When I was pregnant with our second child, I happened upon a course called “Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting.” This course taught the principles of mindfulness meditation to couples preparing for the hard work of childbirth and the even harder work of child rearing. It is not hyperbole to say that taking this class changed my life, for in it, I discovered a rich and meaningful method of prayer without words, contemplation that focuses on the most basic act that we all perform hundreds of times a day: breathing.