assume-the-position_fade_white“Medding” is a word I made up while working on my new book. I needed it to fill a vacancy in my vocabulary. I was missing a catch-all term that included every imaginable awareness-type activity. I’ve been using the term medding for a while now, and test-driving it on other medders, who then start using it right away as if they’d been using it all along. That tells me that this really is a useful word.

MEDDING, the noun

Many things are medding. Meditation is medding. Yoga is medding. Medding includes every act of mindfulness, such as mindful standing, sitting, walking, and lying down. And mindful eating and drinking. And mindful hearing and listening. And mindful stopping. And of course it includes any attention you put on your breathing, such as following the ins and outs, or counting, or altering, or belly breathing, or just noticing. Watching your own thoughts and feelings come and go is medding. Basically, any type of intentional coming back to or remaining in the present by way of paying attention to what is observable in the herenow is medding.

MEDDING, the verb

It means to do any of that stuff in the previous paragraph.

Here’s medding in action:

“I was medding in the cereal aisle at the grocery store and I was overwhelmed by all the colors.”

“Monks are medders who med all day.”

“I haven’t medded all day and I feel like crap.”

“Poker and medding do mix.”

Which will be in my book, now that I have a word for it.



  • Jesse Posted August 16, 2010 7:24 am

    Are you sure that shouldn’t be “Monks are medders who are medding all day.” ?

  • Spike The Cat Posted August 17, 2010 9:11 am

    Jesse has spotted a problem. The verb form cannot be “medding.” English doesn’t forbid such verbs but it sure is awkward because the gerund form would then be “meddinging.”

    So it has to be “med” and the infinitive would be “to med” — and now you’ve got other obvious problems.

    But the idea is cool…..


  • Koby Posted August 17, 2010 9:39 am

    What’s your new book going to be about?

  • bicyclekick Posted August 17, 2010 9:47 pm

    I’ve liked every previous word you’ve come up with but for some reason I just don’t like this one. It just isn’t aesthetically pleasing to me and makes me feel tilted which is pretty funny.

  • Eakel Posted August 18, 2010 4:58 am

    I like it. I like the reason for it. I will use it at the table to keep myself reminded about focus. I have found that your words have a power of reference for me, they sure help me, so I like it.

  • Belloc Posted August 21, 2010 1:09 pm

    Thinking about (and agreeing with) what Spike said, if I were your editor, I’d make the following few points (take them or leave them):

    If you’re defining a word that principally names an activity, it’s really out of order to define the noun (or gerund) first, and then refer the verb (or participle) to the meaning of the noun. Instead, first define the verb (med), and the other forms (medding, medded, etc.) will follow according to the norms of grammar.

    Also, your “definition” is really just a list of a bunch of activities that fall under the general kind of activity that you’ve named “medding”. Let’s try to define the word, which requires that we come up with some single account or description that is common to all of those activities. If there is no such single account, then there can not be one single word that names all of those things. But since you say that your vocabulary lacks this word, you must already have in mind such a single account.

    So, you might define “med” as: “to pay attention, in an intentional way, to each of your activities, whether bodily or mental.” Tight and tidy, precise and meaningful, and a true definition, not just a list.

  • Tommy Angelo Posted August 21, 2010 4:04 pm

    To Jesse, Spike, BK, Eakel, and Belloc,

    Thank you very much for all the input! Extremely helpful!

    To Koby,

    It’s going to be about poker pain, and how to make it stop.


  • Anna Paradox Posted August 25, 2010 6:13 am

    Hi, Belloc,

    Those are quite useful points for refining the idea! I agree, it’s ideal to define a word by describing its attributes rather than listing the set it encompasses.

    As for “out of order”, though — sure, that would be a good order to explain the concepts clearly once we’ve polished them. When still creating and feeling our way to a new concept, we start wherever we can and then test and refine from there.

    If Tommy waited until he had this perfect

    1. It might never reach the public at all
    2. You’d be denied your chance to contribute!

    Anyone who offers Tommy good feedback is one of his editors. Thanks for your contributions!

    Best wishes,

  • Anjali Posted February 1, 2011 6:50 pm

    Thanks for the blog, but it didn’t help me with my reading. I’ve a sentence where man is saying a lady”meddling the old cat”.Because she has done something unknowingly bad to him, and he is mad.
    So, what shall I make of it?
    It doesn’t make sense to me.

  • Danjn Posted September 13, 2011 11:48 am

    Reminds me of the game Everquest back in the early 2000’s used the term medding short for meditating to regain mana faster. Totally knew your definition before I even read it.

    Great blog however Im loving reading it, having just discovered it.

  • Lucy Posted December 18, 2014 9:02 am

    I used medding (for medding out stress ) thanks

  • Ms. M. Medding Posted April 12, 2015 4:20 am

    Hi! Our family name Medding is generations-old. But if it works to use it to help you through the day, then carry on!And God bless you!

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