Committing to a regular meditation practice of 10, 20 or 30 minutes might feel intimidating. For many people, it becomes an all or nothing event: “Well, I can’t do 20 minutes today, so I guess I’m not meditating.”
How about you start by just committing to 1-minute? The great thing about 1-minute of meditation is that it’s very hard to argue yourself out of it. If you start saying you don’t have one minute to meditate, we really need to evaluate some things going on in your life.
In my opinion, 90% of the barrier for people to start meditating is just getting your butt on the cushion or chair. It’s much easier to go from 1 minute to 5 minutes then 0 to 5 minutes. So by committing to just one-minute, you’ve gotten past the biggest barrier—just getting there. Then, if you feel inspired to stay longer, great! But you don’t need to. Even if you just meditated one minute for the rest of your life, you’re at least communicating to yourself that you’re worth showing up for. Anything beyond that one-minute is gravy, and you choose to be there rather than feeling forced to be there.