I will be the first to admit, I am an inconstant meditator. But I recently resumed the millenial old practice and I have to say, I appreciate it more than ever.
In a time when time itself seems life’s most valuable commodity, meditation shows us how relative it can be. Einstein was right on so many levels, but meditation brings it home.
Try meditating for only 10minutes. Set your timer. Sit quietly. You can choose a variety of methods but perhaps the Mindfulness approach is as useful as any. Merely observe your breath as it enters and exits through your nose. That is it. When your mind wanders (and it will, many times) gently return to your breath. Smile inwardly as you realize how difficult such an easy task really is. Understand that our minds are conditioned to attempt to multitask. We are products of this culture, at this time in history. No wonder we find simply paying attention to one thing, like our breath, is so difficult. And yet it is crucially important.
As a culture we are obsessed with exercising our bodies. We are often “into” brain games to hold off the ravages of an aging brain. But meditation is even simpler. It is more honored, studied, validated than any other mind study. It has even been shown to change the shape of our brains.
And just perceive how long 10 minutes seems to us. I bet you will question your timer. It must have shut off, you will think, how could 10 minutes SEEM so long.
But aha. That’s exactly the point, isn’t it?