One of the biggest stumbling blocks for the spiritual seeker is meditation. For the new initiate, it can be a frustrating, even painful, experience. And for many already on the path, there's often still resistance to meditating consistently.
But meditation isn't a chore; it's a state of being that sets you free. It's not about the technique -- the technique is not meditation. The state of relaxed, undistractable attention -- that moment you "shoot the gap" between thoughts and touch the timeless dimension of being -- that is meditation.
And there are as many paths to this connection as people.
In that light, I want to offer a practice that doesn't require you to join a monastery or sit in lotus for hours. Using simple, one-minute sessions during the day, you can strengthen focus, lengthen attention, dissolve blocks, and increase connection -- and still have time to live life fully.
In this way you become what I call the "One-Minute Mystic."
These practices are deceptively simple; most authentic spiritual practices are, because they're not about ego, which tends to need complex processes to make it feel important. So don't brush them off or take their power for granted.
When you use them consistently -- the key to their effectiveness -- they will result in a transformational shift in consciousness.
Practices of the One-Minute Mystic:
- Before you get out of bed, take a minute to connect with your breath. Watch it breathing itself. If your mind kicks in, assure it you'll be with it shortly, then bring attention back to the breath. Instead of "Good God, it's morning!" try, "Good morning, God" Give thanks for everything in your life -- including life itself -- then put your feet on the floor.
As you practice being a One-Minute Mystic, it might feel mechanical and require discipline. But after a while you'll notice yourself turning within to re-connect automatically -- even with your eyes open, in the midst of conversation or activity.
The key is consistency. As you stop, for just a minute, several times throughout your busy schedule, you'll not only have more energy and creativity -- you'll literally create new neuropathways that eventually allow you to feel centered, tapped in, and turned on all day long!
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