Meditation practice is designed to begin a meditation routine that is true to life commitments and needs. Many meditation-based retreats comprise 3 hours or more of meditation within a day to give guests a flash-flood exposure to a meditation practice usually only familiar to the monastic life. The benefit of this type of experience is rapid introduction to the assembly of many unnoticed and hence unmanaged features of inner-life, particularly the inner-workings of the mind. However, this type of practices seems to exhaust most people sincerest in bringing meditation into their daily lives because the commitment to a long meditation seems implausible and sometimes undesirable. For most people this length of time is about what they would spend sending a couple of text messages on their phone or writing one email on the internet, a seemingly minimal yet spiritually substantial amount of time when spent in an indrawn state of awareness.
Why 30 minutes? Many people say they really want to practice more meditation, they just need the right space to start their practice. The truth is they have not startedbecause most of the books on meditation say that you should meditation at least 1hour each day and that a real practitioner of meditation will do 2 hours or more. Inreality, there are probably only a few thousand people in the world today practicingdaily for this length of time, a few thousand in several billion. For meditation to be arealistic part of life for the vast majority of us, reserving just 15 minutes a day isenough to begin forth drastic changes in the way we come to know our inner selves.Aside from this point on short and sweet, longer does not always mean better. What isimportant is sincerity. 15 minutes of a sincere meditation is greater in value than 3hours in a half-asleep meditation.
In our 30 minutes a day meditation within the workshop we will be exploring just howrevealing this small time period can be with different forms of guided meditation thatcan help you deepen your meditation practice while making it a routine part of yourdaily life. The goal is not to take you out of your element into meditation but to makemeditation part of your element.