Whether you meditate or just want to still your mind from its incessant chatter, I have a profound message to share with you. “Thirty sacred seconds” is all that it takes to allow your conscious mind to dis-identify with your thoughts and connect you with your divine mind. Each time you do this, you are strengthening the pathway into a Presence that radiates unity and harmony. Inner peace is within your reach when you practice mindfulness. (The conscious mind functions in a world of polarity and judgment; the spiritual mind functions in the realm of love, peace and oneness.)

Several weeks ago I was awakened because someone in my dream world was badgering me to learn about the “thirty sacred seconds.” Finally I woke up and said, “OK I get it. I will remember this in the morning.” I had no idea what it meant, but the next morning in meditation I received this meaning: I was being asked to still my mind for “thirty sacred seconds” every day or as often as I could do it. This would allow my thought generating mind to become empty in order for inner peace to take over. I have been practicing this technique for the past several weeks, and now my mind goes into the stillness automatically while I perform my daily activities.

When I work my “sacred thirty seconds” exercise, instead of it happening spontaneously, I find that it takes me about a minute to quiet my conscious thinking mind; then I am able to hold the stillness for 30 seconds. These few techniques may help you still your mind and experience the gift of inner peace and harmony for your “sacred thirty seconds”:

Visualize: I experience my thoughts jumping around in my mind. I place them in a parachute and bring them down to earth, gather the parachute on the ground, fold it and place it on my back. As I focus and visualize, my mind begins to slow down. I then focus on a blank slate within my mind or on a flame. I hold the focus intensely on this image for 30 seconds. My mind naturally gets still and my body relaxes. I give a brief thank you and go back to normal focusing.

Mantra: I say to myself “divine thirty seconds” over and over again until I become one with the words. For a quicker response, I repeat the words while my observing mind stops incoming thoughts until all that exists are the mantra words. Suddenly, my mind becomes still and my body relaxes more deeply. The mantra keeps my conscious mind focused and prevents it from generating new thoughts. The stillness gets louder. I sometimes use the words “peace” or “oneness” which gives me the same effect.

Body Focus: I might focus on my breath, breathing in and out, or on my heartbeat until all that exists in my conscious awareness is my breath or heart beat. The mind naturally slows down as I focus on these rhythms. Eventually, stillness and Presence fill my entire body. (I usually imagine that I have become the breath of God or the heartbeat of the Universe.)

These techniques will help you take charge, focus, let go and allow a quiet sacred Presence to enter your awareness for 30 seconds. Emptying your mind may take longer than one minute in the beginning.

Inner peace allows you to heal on many levels, and it makes a difference in your life circumstances as well. It only takes 30 seconds to connect with divine mind. I invite you to try these mini-meditation techniques or create your own. They appear to be fast food for mental and spiritual healing without any negative side effects. They work for me and are a possibility for you.


Author's Bio: 

Sandra Miniere, M.Ed., offers personal life and executive leadership coaching and Emotional Freedom Techniques consultations in person and on the telephone. She is an author and speaker. A former holistic mental health counselor, she has been helping people transform themselves and their lives for 30 years. In her book, A Lighter Side to Cancer - From Wake-up Call to Radiant Wellness, she shares her uplifting and empowering adventure through breast cancer twelve years ago.