Because the only real moment is ‘Now’ and the only time we can truly be meditating is ‘Now’ then it makes sense that either we are meditating in this moment or we aren’t. Even if it took us nineteen minutes to arrive at the moment when we slipped into meditation, the transition was instant; we crossed the event horizon into the silence.
If then we can eliminate the first nineteen minutes and slip immediately into meditation, string a number of the silent minutes together (even if they are at different times during the day), then we can receive the same benefit that we gained in the longer session, at least that‘s the theory behind the idea of being able to meditate in a minute.
So, is there any real benefit to meditating for a minute? In his book, “One-Moment Meditation,” Martin Boroson makes a very compelling case for this very concept.
According to Boroson, all too often “we think that peacefulness takes a lot of time, or that it will come only in the future, we are focusing on becoming peaceful rather than being peaceful.” This goes to the heart of meditation, which is to get out of our heads where we are either focusing on the past or thinking about the future, instead of being in the ‘Now.’
The Spiritual teacher J. Krishnamurti said, “It’s now or never,” and what he met was, beingonly happens in the present moment and not that this is your only chance. In fact that’s what meditating in a minute is all about, that you have a chance in every moment to “be here now” and become fully present.
In her article, Elena Brower faced explaining this concept to her mother and that resulted in her sharing her thoughts on this process with us. Here’s Elena to share her thoughts and her “lightning-fast meditation” to help balance our heads…
“Lightning-fast meditation to balance your head and your heart — an actual, factual balance. Right now, as you read, feel how much energy it’s taking to read and process these words in your brain.
Now bring an equal amount of attention down into your heart. Even though we read and compute first with our minds, play with this for a few seconds. Close your eyes and feel the resonance in your heart as equal to the resonance in your mind.
Why is this so difficult to do?
We all have a much easier time living in our minds than in our hearts. I watched a super smart woman today literally fight herself to stay present to her heart’s voice instead of her mind, and she couldn’t hold that space for more than one moment at a time. Our tendency as humans, simply, is to live in our minds..”.
“…Whenever the heart closes because of doubt, judgement, fear, dread or shame, the mind steps in to make sense of it, to deftly shift the conversation to something else. All of our energy ends up there in the brain, draining the rest of our body of energy needed for listening, praying, helping, giving or sharing — all absolute requirements for healing.
So it’s about the mind and heart together, on the same page. Let’s get down to the meditation.
One practice, one minute to even out the resonance [the velocity, the intensity] of both the heart and the mind.
Sense the moment when you’ve arrived at an even energy in the two spaces. That “balanced” feeling lasts only briefly, but with practice, that sensation can be prolonged, and will be healing for your whole being. And everyone close to you.
One minute now. Take a few healing breaths and smile, be still here for just one minute. As you finish reading this sentence, soften your eyes, and make your heart as big, as active, as alive, as open and as receptive as your brain.
Feel how much softer it is in your heart now?
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Bring this evenly open, softer state to both mind and heart, no matter what the context, no matter how vexing or crazy it seems in front of you, and watch as the confusion abates, everything gets quieter, because you’re in your heart. Watch how you begin to feel more abundant. I dare you.” Read more…
That we can only find balance now, in the present moment, it also means that it doesn’t take time at all, that balance doesn’t happen over time; it happens in this moment. Meditation is always available to you and possible at any time.
As Martin Boroson point out, this approach can be thought of as going straight to the point and that if you are going to meditate and you can only do it now, you might as well get right to it. He also makes clear, and this is important, that this practice is not met to replace other forms of meditation. When you learn to meditate in a minute, mastering the moment, then you will have developed a skill that will greatly enhance all your meditative practices.