"In just a moment, ordinary life can crack open to reveal another reality--inconceivable just a moment before." --Martin Boroson
April is National Stress Awareness Month. Hmmmm...if the number of clients that come to me complaining of stress is any indication -- we're in sore need of stress awareness and reduction. Starting tomorrow Oprah is celebrating Stress Awareness Month by offering a free 30-day course called Transform Stress in 30 Days with One-Moment Meditation. The course is inspired by Martin Boroson's book One Moment Meditation: Stillness for People on the Go.
I sheepishly admit that I've had a rocky relationship with meditation. I swing from attending a 10-day meditation retreat that ignites a daily meditation practice for a month or so only to have my meditation practice succumb to one that's sporadic at best. Just recently I got back into a daily meditation practice and I must say that I'm confused as to why I was ever irregular with my practice. I feel so wonderful when I meditate.
One of the reasons I'm back to my regular practice is that I shifted my perspective a bit -- I let go of needing to meditate for a certain period of time or practice a certain meditation technique. I just sat quietly with myself. I didn't beat myself up over posture or roaming thoughts. I simply sat for as long as felt right for me. This shift away from thinking my practice had to be a certain way has resulted in my looking forward to meditating each day rather than worrying over how I would fit meditation into my schedule.
That's what's great about One Moment Meditation -- it takes the pressure off. You can find one minute to meditate, right? If you'd like to join the 30-Day course (which is free), click here. Trying something this simple for 30 days could just lead to a lifetime practice that not only lowers your stress level but instills you with an overall sense of well-being.
If you'd like to learn more about the One Moment Meditation, click here for simple instructions. You can also download free audio from Martin Boroson's Web site if you'd like to learn more about Martin and listen to a free guided meditation. Martin also offers a brief Anger Meditation, which you can read about here.
If there's one piece of advice I have to offer about meditation (and this one comes from experience) it's this -- don't make it an all or nothing proposition. Don't worry if you can be sitting on a cushion or if you can't sit for a half hour. Just do what you can. It's enough.