|"Transformation" collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.|
"What you're aiming for [with meditation] is the feeling you get when you climb to the top of a mountain, sit down, and take in the view. A feeling of relief." - Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
That's a lovely quote and it may just be what my personal elephant training practice is all about. How to be more mindful in a busy, very distracted world. How to come home to myself and feel that sense of relief, and know I can do that at any time.
To that end I'll be posting some of Martin Boroson's ideas from his month long course on Oprah's website and his book, One-Moment Meditation: Stillness for People on the Go. He'd like us to get to that feeling of relief in a moment so he's starting us off with a minute practice. Wow, a minute. Even the busiest of people can take a minute to try this. So here are his quite simple instructions.
1. Find a place of solitude.
2. Sit down.
3. Place your legs in a relaxed but fixed position.
4. Sit up.
5. Set your alarm for exactly one minute.
6. Place your hands in a relaxed but fixed position.
7. Close your eyes.
8. Focus all your attention on your breathing.
9. When the alarm sounds, stop.
Note: I tried this and was shocked how exactly one minute felt like 45 minutes or even an hour. Amazing how many little thoughts can pop up in a minute.