Finding the time to meditate suggests that you need to set time aside and prepare for it.
But what if we looked at meditation differently.
Firstly there is no perfect time.
Life isn’t predictable or run to a schedule.
In every minute of every day there will be an opportunity to meditate. Yes really no matter what you are doing, working, planning, cooking, housework, family commitments. The illusion of taking yourself off to sit in a tranquil space is not a modern day option, but what is, is our willingness to try and connect to the still point within the spinning vortex of life.
There are more blissful hours available to us if we take the time to be forever in the eternal now.
The eternal NOW is all there is.
It is all to easy to fixate on an exact time and place and become distracted over whether you are sitting correctly or your candle is lit and your favourite notebook is to hand. So what if none of that was possible, would you still meditate or would you be waiting for the next time those elements aligned.
In reality you can enter meditation in any given moment.
No equipment, no mental preparation, no sacrifice of time or energy.
Just a seamless integration into everything you do now.
You don’t need to prepare because anytime works.
And the reason you think it can’t will be based around your belief that you need a pre specified amount of time.
It is possible to be in meditation for 60 seconds, far better to have several quality minutes spread out through the day than forcing yourself to think that a minimum of 30 minutes is your only starting point.
Now I am not saying that longer sessions in deep inner reflection are not required because they are but they are not the barrier to entry.
Start with small steps and keep moving throughout your day in moments of conscious awareness.
In the beginning it won’t be a habit so you will need a prompt.
By which I mean try setting a reminder on your phone to chime or vibrate on the hour every hour.
Even just hearing the chime will begin to condition you into a rhythm which in turn becomes a habit. It is amazing how soon you will align with the cyclical nature of the day and you may start looking up at a clock or your watch just before the hour chimes.
And then where ever you are just stop what you are doing and focus on your breathing for one minute.
Can you image this happening, can you actually feel yourself being able to shift your focus for that minute?
This is the art of life through meditation. You may have heard stories of deep meditation practices that take you off for hours or days to contemplate the deeper meaning of life. Devoted yogis or Sannyasi’s (Hindu term for a holy man) who dedicate their entire lives to removing themselves from society to live out their practice, but you and I live the ‘family path’ so that path is not our way.
If you were to consider 60 seconds in every hour, would you feel then you were meditating or have you been lead to believe that you need to be doing so much more than that?
Starting with 1 min during every hour is not a big ask or even a challenge, and don’t beat yourself up if it is not every hour go for what you can in the beginning.
Why not try it you will be amazed, suddenly you will feel how quickly 60 seconds can evaporate and you will begin to look forward to the next hourly increment when you can begin to pause the chatter and the mind clutter for just a moment and breathe.
And the other benefit as there are so many with meditation, that you will be more productive for the preceding 10 mins that follow.
Originally published at raphaellecox.com