Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What do you mean by impromptu meditation?”
“Impromptu meditation is an unplanned meditation that can be done at any time, anywhere, improv style.”
“Is that even possible?”
“It requires some mental magic.
We all form a default mental image of the minimum length a meditation session is supposed to have. I like to think of it as our default unit of practice. The larger the size of the unit, the less flexible it is. If my unit is 5 minutes long and I only have 1 minute, I’m unable to practice.
This is a top-down process. I’m metaphorically trying to fit something into a small space.
For maximum flexibility, the unit needs to be smaller. I call the smallest atomic unit of practice micro-meditation. A micro-meditation is one embodied breath (EBreath [<link; medium read]).
This is a bottom-up process. I’m metaphorically filling up the available space, however small it is.”
So impromptu-meditation requires two things:
– a mental structure: the micro-meditation model
– a mental attitude: the Improviser mindset / model