I’ve been experimenting with an idea. Possibly micro-dosing meditation can be just as beneficial (if not more) as doing meditation for longer periods of time.
Micro-dosing is a technique for administering drugs at a very low dose so that they are very unlikely to produce whole-body effects but high enough to produce some sort of beneficial effect.
Taking one minute, many times a day, to stop and quietly notice your breathing could possibly be as or more beneficial than trying to force yourself to meditate for longer periods of time (which, often causes people to give up).
When we give up on meditation we are no longer taking the time everyday to build the mental resources needed to function effectively in our lives. We become more identified with our thoughts and emotions and as a result become more reactive (stressed out) in our lives.
Micro-dosing meditation can help people build more mental resources so they are better able to combat various psychological and physical challenges that arise in daily life.
As a result of micro-dosing meditation throughout the day (one minute/five or six times a day) a person will be better able to remain open and aware, avoiding the downward spiral that always happens when we are overly identified with thoughts and emotions.
Maybe the future of meditation will involve a more widespread use of micro-dosing? As meditation becomes more routinely used and prescribed in the medical community, micro-dosing meditation may possibly be the way to help people who can’t meditate for longer periods, receive the same benefits as more extensive meditation practice.