Since that epic half marathon of mine earlier this month, I’ve been spending more time out of my running shoes and on my yoga mat. Trying new poses – finally getting into headstand! – as well as focusing on the mental clarity that comes with my practice. Naturally, the practice of mediation always arises with this increase in yogi activities.
Like many, I find meditation to be more difficult than some advanced yoga poses. My brain doesn’t stop – the conversation is always going, never ending. The concept of meditation is the opposite of my status quo. The idea of being able to mediate for more than a minute is incredibly overwhelming.
So imagine my excitement when I discovered this online article from Yoga Journal encouraging meditation in mini time segments – such as just a minute:
Pause for one minute, and focus on your breath, on the way it feels in your body, in your nose. When the thought that it’s fall and you’ll need those bum warmers soon enters your head, gently take your focus back to your breath. Do the same thing with the next 14 thoughts that enter your mind. No resistance at all. Thoughts are simply doing what thoughts do, but my decision for this minute is to return each time to my breath.
I love the emphasis that you can do this practice ANYWHERE: at home, at work, in your car (while not driving!), and so on. As long as you have a quiet, still moment, utilize it for sixty seconds of calm.
The writer of that post notes that “the rest is practice”. I do not know how to relax, to rest, to calm myself. I need help with this. And as I’m all about taking baby steps, this concept of gaining a moment of peace one minute at a time is totally approachable and achievable.
I am committing myself to a minute of meditation every day during the month of October. Let’s call it: “Mission: Stay Sane Cleveland”. If you’d like to join me, together we might find – as the article states – “you may not have found lasting peace, but you have turned yourself in its direction.”