"Start with just five minutes of meditation!" "Focus on your breath!" "Meditation will positively affect your life!"
To be honest, I had never actually tried meditating. I was always too busy, too tired, and potentially afraid of what I would discover ... But after I found myself with more free time due to quarantine, I figured I would try it myself. So I set aside time one morning before my day got started, and committed to just one minute of meditation.
I know what you are thinking ... only a minute? But for me, that's just what felt right. I figured I could start slowly with one minute today, two minutes tomorrow, three the next, and so on.
I began by sitting on the floor with my legs crossed, and palms face up on my knees. I focused on my breath. And I was successful for about two breaths before I noticed my mind start to wander. Refocus. Two more breaths … Refocus again.
This pattern repeated itself for the duration of the minute. When I was finished I didn't notice anything right away, but when I sat down to eat breakfast, I remembered what I'd heard about mindfulness and took in a few deep breaths before eating. Here's what happened.