Those who have been meditating for a while know that any practice that allows a person to focus inwards with the intention of cultivating a relationship with self can be considered a meditation practice. Whether or not other people jump on the meditation bandwagon, finding the means in which to rest in silent reflection is an utterly personal journey.
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke, in this recent NY Press post, introduces us to One Moment Meditation, a technique created out of necessity by meditation teacher Martin Boroson. According to Bloomgarden-Smoke, Boroson realized when attempting to teach the practice to those in the workforce that this population in particular only had a limited time in which to cultivate than internal channel. As a result, he adapted his practice to help those who sometimes only have a minute of free time in which to meditate.
The One Moment Meditation technique starts with what Boroson calls a “basic minute.” Boroson starts and stops the minute by ringing a bell and tells people to focus on their breathing. If the mind wanders, he suggests gently bringing the focus back to the breath.
He chose a minute because it is an easily identifiable unit of time and because everybody, no matter how busy they are, can spare a minute. Although people have a tendency to want to try a longer session after they realize that they can do a minute, Boroson cautions against that.
Read more about Boroson and his One Moment Meditation technique here.