Breathe more life into your life by making meaningful moments last a little bit longer—two beats longer. This is a mindfulness meditation that can be brought into every single experience.
“The passing moment is all that we can be sure of; it is only common sense to extract its utmost value from it.” – W. Somerset Maugham
This is a mindfulness meditation that has the power to change your life… because it can change your day, because it can change moments.
Life is happening right here, right now. Don’t search for it anywhere else. Don’t search for happiness in the past or the future–happiness lives here because it lives inside of you.
Hold the Moment for Two Beats Longer
This practice comes from the pages of Brendon Burchard’s The Motivation Manifesto, which declares that “the greatest luxury of life is an unhurried mind.”
This is an excerpt from the book on the beauty of making moments last:
Mindfulness is the art of experiencing the fullness of life. Click To Tweet
What would happen to the quality of our life and relationships if we simply amplified our senses just a little longer?
Let us forget for now where we are supposed to be and what we should be doing. Instead, let us hold this moment for just two beats longer.
Do not breathe so quickly. Take in air for two beats longer.
Do not scan the room. Sense the room by gazing into each shadow and corner for two beats longer.
Do not merely glance at her. Look into her eyes and hold them for two beats longer.
Do not gulp down the next meal but savor each bite for two beats longer, let the tastes melt and linger.
Do not send the heartless note. Read it once more and spend two beats longer sensing the pain it may cause another.
Do not give a perfunctory kiss good-bye while juggling everything on the way out the door. Make the kiss count, make it firm and solid and true, holding the moment passionately for two beats longer.
Life is lived in the extra beats we hold as time unfolds. Soon, the two beats become four, the four become eight, and eventually we will have mastered the art of experiencing life, of feeling who we are and where we are on our path to greatness, of creating real moments, of living as joyous masters in the infinite and divine Freedom of Now.
A Mindfulness Meditation that Gives Life
Abraham Lincoln said: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
The mindfulness meditation proposed in this book prompted me to ask myself some important questions, like:
- Do my days matter?
- Is there meaning in the things I do every day?
- Am I experiencing as much life as I possibly can?
- Did I thoroughly enjoy something simple today?
- Was I mindful of my blessings today?
- Did I truly feel alive today?
We must ask ourselves the tough questions, and we must not fear nor judge our answers—we must be honest with our answers.
Greatness comes when we’re willing to face reality even when we don’t like what we see, because we know we have the power to create a new reality for ourselves, from this moment forward.“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have.” ― Eckhart Tolle Click To Tweet
Make your moments count. Give meaning to things you do daily and express gratitude for them. Rather than waiting for happiness to come to you, create meaningful moments by living for today and flowing with the beat of life.
Keep reminding yourself that the present moment is where all life and joy lives.
Moments add up to days, and if you can change something you do every day, you can change your life.
- How do you add more life to your moments?
- How do you stay present and in tune with life in real time?
- Did you feel alive today? Did you love?
Please share your thoughts, if you’ve tried this mindfulness meditation before, and any insights and experiences with me in the comments.
Share this mindfulness meditation with someone you care about.
Hold life for just two beats longer.