The One Minute Meditation
Don't have 20 minutes to meditate? Been there. Don't have your favorite meditation cushion handy? Been there. Don't have … been there.
But for all of the reasons to not, there is always at least one good reason to do.
So within the 1440 minutes in a day, I can always find one of those precious minutes to do my favorite one-minute meditation. The method is simple: we can release the mental chatter by feeling what's going on, right now, in the body.
Have a minute? Try it out! You can even do this standing, with your eyes open, on a public bus.
THE ONE MINUTE MEDITATION
Take a deep breath.
Breathing in through the nose,
Breathing out through the mouth.
Breathing in feeling the lungs expanding,
Breathing out feeling a sense of letting go.
Breathing in to feel the body getting fuller,
Breathing out to feel the release of any tension.
Breathing in feeling alive and awake,
Breathing out feeling muscles relaxing.
Breathing in that sense of fullness,
Breathing out that unnecessary tension in the body and mind.
As you put this bite-size one-minute mindfulness into practice amidst your busy life, try starting to decrease (yes decrease) the time. From one minute to 30 seconds, to 15 seconds, all the way down to a single breath. What you will find is within a single breath, and a whole lot of intention, you can bring yourself back to your center anytime, anywhere.
Meditation nourishes the mind like food nourishes the body.
If you are looking to add a little more Mindfulness into your life or just want to understand the benefits of meditation to cope with anxiety, fear, depression, and a myriad of other ailments, consider taking our 30 Days of Mindfulness Challenge. It has changed the lives of thousands already. It has completely changed mine. We know it will change yours.
But if you're in a pinch, you can always keep the one minute meditation in our pocket.