When it comes to meditating, many people will tell you that they might like to try it, but they “just don’t have the time.” While the benefits of regular mediation or sitting silently are enumerable, well documented and ubiquitously in the news lately, most people don’t know how or where to start.
Giving some thought to the benefits of frequency over duration when it comes to most exercise related pursuits, skating, included, I am reminded of an episode of “Oprah” that I saw a few years ago. The episode was about being happy, and what to do to “be happy.” Oprah challenged her audience to sit in silence for 1-minute a day. Just 1-minute. It got me thinking that perhaps I need to apply this concept in my own life more often and encourage others to do the same.
From past experience I know that once I’ve made time for that 1-minute, it most often turns to 2 minutes and in many cases 10-15 minutes have passed and I have managed what would be considered a legitimate meditative effort.
And it all started by making time for just 1-minute!
Even the busiest person can find a minute. Yes, even you! No? Sure you can. Before getting out of bed, while standing in line, before lunch, before going to sleep, or even while skating a marathon are all great opportunities to take 1- minute to stop ‘doing” and just “”be” one with your breath.
So stop reading and give it a try. Yes, right now. Set the alarm on your phone for 1 minute, adjust your current posture for comfort, take a deep breath in, let it out, and close…………your…………eyes and follow your natural breath-in and out, in and out.
There you go, you did it! One minute of slowing down and just being. One minute well spent doing absolutely nothing.
If you liked that one minute and want more of where that came from consider attending my “Bend Your Knees and Breath” yoga and meditation session at the “Skate & Fitness Expo” on Friday afternoon at 3:00pm & 7:00pm. Can’t wait? Give this simple Breath Meditation a try.
During the “Skate & Fitness Expo” sessions you will find out more ways to incorporate “1 minute” mini-meditations into your life as well as how to incorporate breath awareness into your skate marathon to remain focused, confident, and ensure your best skate yet!