Start your inward journey, more seriously. Make that a part of your life. Make that your primal quest. Make everything else a means, an instrument for arriving there. And those who threaten you will love you, and their love will become your support. And those who bind you will become the ones who free you and liberate you. Learn to go into that.
At every junction in your daily life, in your daily life cycle, give yourself two minutes. Two minutes of your breath wherever you are. When you wake up in the morning, before you leave your bed, can you take two minutes? Count your breaths, or feel the flow of your breath for two minutes. Before breakfast, receive the grace. For two minutes, observe the flow of your breath. Before you leave the house for work, two minutes. When you stop the car for one minute at the street lights, red lights, you’ve got one minute extra, a bonus for having been so good!
Long hours of sitting are not essential. Short, intent meditations practiced repeatedly are more conducive for a person leading a busy, mundane life. Try to give yourself two or three intent minutes many times in the day.
As soon as you open your eyes in bed
During the bath or shower
Before leaving for work
After sending the children to school
Before taking lunch
Upon coming home from work
Before leaving for shopping
After returning from shopping
Sitting in the car before driving out
Stopping the car a few blocks away before arriving at a party
Before a job interview
Before taking a business, family or personal decision
Sitting in the Board of Directors meeting while others are arguing
During an examination when the mind goes blank
While waiting for the taxi
While standing in the queue to pay at the supermarket
While waiting at the airport security or departure gate
Before giving in to a surge of emotion
During the two-minutes commercial breaks in the TV programmes
While falling asleep
The list is not exhaustive. Not having time is no excuse. These segments of time are always available to one. The mind always has plenty of time, depending on what you have chosen for the mind to do with that ever-available time.
…Try it for one week… at each junction of your daily life cycle. You’ll begin to discover, effortlessly, that place of Silence. It will touch you. For a few seconds at a time it will touch you. And then you will develop a taste for it, and you will like it.
Swami Veda has also given the steps of this short meditation –
“Sit where you are, and bring your awareness to yourself.
Once you free your mind, your body will naturally relax.
Having relaxed your body, feel the flow of your breath, breathing gently, smoothly, slowly.
As you exhalation ends, immediately prepare your mind that, without a gap, the awareness of the inhalation will begin.
As you inhale, prepare your mind at the end to begin the awareness of the inhalation, without a gap.
Resolve in your mind that for the next two minutes there will be no extraneous thoughts,
only the feel of your breath.
Make the resolve and begin now.
And without breaking the flow,
continuing the awareness,
gently open your eyes.
Resolve in your mind again and again to enter this state many, many times during the day.
Whenever there is a minute available you can come to the pacification of senses and a calming of the disturbances.