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This is the official end of our course in One-Moment Meditation, but I want to make sure that—for you—it is just the beginning.
Let's first review how far you have come. You started with a timed minute of meditation, then learned how to make this very portable. Along the way, you discovered many different ways to meditate throughout your day.
You then reduced the length of this minute, step by step, approaching the moment. It may have become a bit confusing as I asked you to meet the moment, because the moment is a bit like infinity—it's quite hard to grasp. But perhaps you realized that the moment, because it is timeless, is actually always present. So I challenged you to leap into the moment and meditate right now, for just a moment.
Now you are a momentary meditator.
This is very different from being an "occasional" meditator. An occasional meditator is someone who meditates occasionally, or goes on a meditation retreat occasionally. A momentary meditator, however, is someone who is ready and willing to do a moment of meditation at a moment's notice.
As a momentary meditator, you are now able to meditate whenever you need to. I hope you will do this for the rest of your life. That said, there is also a lot you can do to deepen and expand your skills. I'll start with some practical suggestions.
If you want to stay ready and able to meditate in a moment, you should really keep practicing the minute. It will help you stay in shape. So try to do a Basic Minute or a Portable Minute or a Bonus Minute on a regular basis. Find a way to make a minute a regular part of your day. You can even choose a particular activity—like parking the car or doing the laundry—to be the occasion for your minute. With practice, you will even find that your minutes of meditation get deeper and more restorative.
Try meditating with other people. When you meditate with other people, even just one other person, you will experience a kind of synergy, a multiplier effect. Having taught One-Moment Meditation to many people—in person, online, on the radio and at work—I have experienced this so many times. People have a deeper experience when they do it together.
So before you click away from this course today, think of a way in which you can share this with others. Get your family started on the Family Minute, or try the Minute at Work. If you have a friend with whom you have lunch regularly, try starting your lunches with a moment of meditation. If you have a book club (or any other kind of group), do this course together. (It's okay for you to start again.)
With so many distractions in life, and so many demands for your attention, a moment can be quite easy to overlook or forget. I urge you to do something right now to guarantee that you stay connected. Put little reminders for yourself in various places. Set up an alarm on your phone, reminding you to take a moment. Or if you'd like me to remind you to take a moment—with an occasional friendly email—you can sign up for my newsletter.
If you still have questions, post your comments below or visit me on Facebook. Let me know how you are using One-Moment Meditation in your life. Sharing your experiences will help other people find new ways to do it too.
One-Moment Meditation gets even more powerful when there is a network of people in your life that is practicing it—separately and together. My hope is that there will be a large community of people who are willing to remind each other—and be reminded—to take a moment when they need one. I would like to see many people for whom the most natural thing in the world is to transform their stress with a moment of meditation.
Please don't get discouraged, however, if you have not transformed every bit of your stress through this simple technique. My aim was not for you to be perfectly peaceful and enlightened all the time. To be perfectly honest, I am not like that, and I have never met such a person.
My goal has simply been to help you see that you can meditate any time, for just a moment, whenever you need to—whether you are feeling peaceful or not. My goal has been to help you make meditation a seamless part of your life—something you can do in just a moment—here, here and everyhere.
You are welcome to visit this course again, starting from the beginning or dipping in where you need to. But even if you never practice meditation again or forget what you learned on this course, the thing about the moment is that it will keep appearing, fresh and new, always offering you a fresh start. Someday it might just hit you—this is the moment you've been waiting for. So no matter what you have learned here, I hope you will approach the next moment with fresh eyes. And start all over again, as if for the first time.
And since you are already here, now, why not do a moment of meditation?
Martin Boroson is a playful, practical new voice in the next wave of meditation teachers. Author of One-Moment Meditation: Stillness for People on the Go, he lectures on the benefits of a meditative mind for decision-making and leadership. Marty studied philosophy at Yale, earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management and is a formal student of Zen. Visit his website for One-Moment Meditation® help and resources, tweet him at @takeamoment or find him on Facebook.
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Published on April 29, 2010