In The Times this last weekend an excellent article appeared about the value and technique for performing one minute’s worth of meditation. The article spoke about finding a place of solitude and focus on breathing.
I also recently heard that the benefits of mediation are immediate. Interestingly the article had a fascinating phrase that I really liked it was from Martin Boroson, suggesting:
…doing one basic minute as making a single pinprick in a great dark sheet of consciousness, on the other side of which is a bright light. Martin turns a nice metaphor: another of his comes from oil prospecting. He says a minute meditation allows you to drill down into a reservoir of peace.
Reading from Martin’s website he has podcasts and also excerpts from his book.
Personally, I believe that a good thing is that once you start down the mediation route of one minute you will no doubt build on it.
Interestingly, Wikipedia describes something called, Kundalini Rising as follows, ‘According to modern experimental research, Kundalini and Bioenergy are expressions of the same energetic reality in humans. Through social conditioning and emotional traumata, this life energy is usually suppressed and blocked in chronic subconscious muscle tensions, which have their psychological counterpart in emotional blocks and ego-defenses.’
The whole concept of making one minute available got me thinking about how fast our lives actually are. For example, Do the mobile phone and email that make us more efficient? Or, do we expect rapid results in return? The fact is that both are certainly mutually linked.
Another example is the Internet. Does it make us more connected? Is it a vital component for globalisation? The answer to both is yes, yet in a world where Websites and commentators have to shout loud through the ranking wars to get heard, have we not made the Internet too commercial?
With one minute type books and techniques becoming increasingly popular, we tend to look for quick fixes. We focus on personal development rather than development of our neighbours. The Internet brings us these quick fixes on ‘push’ basis rather than reflecting our social consciousness.
In summary, there is nothing wrong with embarking on a journey of self-discovery in an attempt to attain harmony. What would be even better would be to both meditate and also seek inspiration from that ‘place of solitude’. The Times article was written by a journalist who used the technique when he strived for some inspiration whilst writing an article. Apparently it worked.
Maybe we should all consider the art of mediation to: discover the value of the universe around us and just as important the speed and impact that we make on the world on those around us.