Whether it’s losing weight, getting rich, or becoming enlightened, countless people are selling get-it-quick schemes. With smartphones and smart TVs and Amazon, we’re so used to getting what we want when we want. We’ve become an instant gratification culture and many businesspeople are more than happy to cash in on that. But, here is the truth about 2-minute meditation that everyone should know about. Right now, there are people out there selling happiness and bliss in 2-minute, 1-minute, and even 5-second meditations. While it’s true that some are better than none, more is better than less. It’s absolutely necessary, and I’d say vital, to take a few moments throughout the day to become centered and present. Take as many deep, conscious breaths as you can throughout the day. Take all the meditation moments you can and that you need throughout the day. So while 2-minutes does have its benefits, if you stop there you will be missing out on some of the amazing benefits that longer meditation can provide. Here are just 7 of the ugly truths about 2-minute meditation.
Ugly Truth #1: 2-Minute Meditation is Not Enough for Mind to SettleHuman beings are not robots. We don’t have a switch where we can go from our busy lives to a deep peaceful and relaxed state instantly. The mind takes time to unwind. Many different meditation styles have practitioners sit for one or two minutes with their eyes closed before they begin their meditation. This allows the mind to settle a bit. The first two minutes of meditation are really just the mind settling in and quieting down. Then the real magic starts. Even after 10 minutes, your mind enters new depths and the benefits expand. This is where your mind may be screaming, “I’m bored!” But then, a few minutes later you forget all about the boredom and you’ve crossed over into a new depth. You are beginning to witness and also better understand the ever-changing nature of the mind. These longer meditation experiences produce greater insights and wisdom, as well as more peace and patience in the practitioner.
Ugly Truth #2: Full Benefits Start at 20 MinutesStudy after study shows that 20 minutes is the real sweet spot for meditation. This is where all the benefits start to kick in. It can be divided up into two 10-minute sessions. Or it can be done all at once. In 20 minutes, greater inner peace and joy are reported. Study participants report having more energy and focus. And ultimately, happier and more fulfilling lives. You’re welcome to meditate for more than 20 minutes and many people choose to do so. It’s a very pleasant experience for them and it works for their schedule. But just 20 minutes a day can give you the infinite benefits that meditation has to offer.
Ugly Truth #3: 2-Minute Meditation Can Make You Lose Faith in MeditationAs modern human beings, time is money. We don’t have time to waste. If something doesn’t give us the results that we want, we quit doing that thing. It’s only natural. That’s precisely the problem with snake-oil salesmen who push their miracle products. They’re wasting our valuable time on things that won’t work. Instead, we could be investing in ourselves in real ways that pay off huge. Being burned too many times by misleading products and self-help solutions can lead to abandoning our journey of healing, growth and discovery.
The ancient practice of meditation was developed long before capitalism. It was also passed down for thousands of years simply because it worked marvels. And now, modern science is proving its benefits. It would be a shame to give up on something so transformative.