We have to start somewhere. And on those days when focusing on anything for as long as 60 seconds seems challenging, this very mini-meditation may help you shift gears.
Even if you meditate regularly and for much longer periods of time, sometimes derailing a runaway train of negative thoughts is the best thing you can do in the moment.
And a moment may or may not be 60 seconds long.
I found that after after doing this meditation, I felt more focused, and in fact I wrote this blog with more ease than usually happens.
So why not visit the url below? It’ll only take 60 seconds.
As a writer, I often find myself in awe at the gift of poets and songwriters to say in a few words what may take me pages.
This week I’m sharing two songs that have recently inspired me.
The first many of you will know: “Dear Prudence,” by the Beatles (from the White Album). The song was inspired by Mia Farrow’s sister, Prudence, who was with the Beatles in India at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s weeks-long retreat in Rishikesh, India. Prudence was intent on learning Transcendental Meditation well enough to teach it and stayed in her room most of the time. The Beatles were worried about her and tried to draw her out. Though they didn’t succeed, they wrote the song. (For more detailed information, see this article.
For me, the song is a hymn to being in the present moment.
You can listen to it here.
The second song, “You’ll Never Be the Sun,” was written by Irish songwriter Donagh Long. This version is sung by Irish singer Delores Keane and American singer Emmylou Harris. Many other versions are around, but this is my favorite. “Life is tough, but you’ll get through it” has rarely been expressed so poetically. You can listen to it here.