I know and practiced meditation for years. The problem is that I never done that constantly. I mean I did for let's say about two years somewhere between 2010-2012 but since then I somehow go back in forth with meditation although I am perfectly aware of its benefits, I am perfectly aware about my experience with it and so on. It is interesting how your question came right a few days after I begun meditating again. It started from my mind searching for some sort of challenge. For something to do everyday. Something for myself, for my soul and my well being. Hence I started meditating again and I am doing that especially on evenings.
Regarding the duration of my meditation I would say that I meditate about 20 minutes to a half an hour a day. I haven't yet set myself a norm or something like that but I am glad that I am doing it again and I feel that I am doing the right thing. Having a pretty long experience with meditation I will also mention some important things about it and how it helped me and hopefully will again. I started practicing meditation since I started practicing yoga also and it was an integrated part of my yoga practice but although I was meditating for let's say "higher purposes" I also noticed some effects of it in my daily life. Things that changed and the way I changed. The way I started ti think, feel and live has been impacted a lot by meditation. I am the type of person that gets angry very easy and it doesn't take too much for me to get pissed off but when I was meditating daily this anger got tempered.
This anger got under control and it was easier to spot it before it bursted. I also noticed that I reached a sort of understanding that I didn't had before. It was not like I got enlightened or something but I started to search for causes more than to just brag about effects and what just happened. I started to see things from a bigger perspective and become more aware about the fact that there is a divine plan or a divine harmony in which everything is embedded, both the good and the bad and that sometimes what we think is bad might lead us to something better. This way I learned to let myself led by the flow of life and only by my desires and fears. It was I was living my life with different eyes and my sense of self got somehow more aware and open to knowledge of all sorts than just be happy with what I had and love "my closed universe".
I also got to understand the concept of God, divinity and what my purpose in life might be and I am grateful that it happened. However such experiences and way of life lasted for only a few years, Period of time in which I meditated daily for at least one hour a day so I can say that "I put some efforts for that", but due to some life experiences and me moving from a place to another and a country to another I found myself meditating less and less and somehow going back to my previous self. The rugged and not polished one. The one that was more grounded in his daily life with his desires and fears rather than seeing everything from another perspective and through different eyes.
Now, as I said above, I am meditating again and I am doing that every evening for about twenty to thirty minutes and also wish to gradually increase the time to an hour a day. I don't feel the same effects that I did years ago but it's great. I am happy I am doing it again and open to dive in my inner Self more and more. As a conclusion I don't consider meditation as being a cultural or religious practice but a tool available for anyone and I would recommend it to anyone.
That's my relationship with meditation. Sorry for making it that long, but I had a lot to tell about and I didn't even finish. Hope you found it inetersting and motivating and wish you a great day!
At various times throughout my life, I've been told to meditate -- but, to be honest, it's always seemed a little weird. My brother is into martial arts, so he's long used the practice to find inner peace and harmony (or something), and he's since converted my dad, who claims it's the best way to wind down after a long day.
So, even though I find it hard to imagine sitting still for any serious amount of time, I've been thinking maybe I should give meditation a chance.
After a little Internet searching, I found a few helpful articles to get me started. Apparently there's a number of benefits to meditation, including improved concentration, less preoccupation with small problems, better overall health, and "a deeper understanding of [my] inner self."
As you might suspect, you won't get the most out of meditation until you've spent some time practicing, but here's a few pointers to get you started.
1. Sit with a straight back -- if you lay down, you'll probably fall asleep.
2. Don't eat before meditating, or you'll feel too lethargic.
3. You don't need to sit like Buddha (in the "lotus" position).
4. You don't need to burn incense (unless you want to).
5. Meditation works best early in the morning, so try it right when you wake up.
Starting meditation is not easy, because there are many obstacles that must be faced.
However, we shouldn't immediately give up. The following seven tips will help make it easier for you to meditate.
MEDITATION is becoming increasingly popular with people. Groups that regularly run meditation are increasingly appearing. Meditation is indeed beneficial for health. Practicing meditation well can make all organs of the body move and function in a balanced state, and work more regularly. Meditation also makes a person experience relaxation, because it is very effective to repel stress.
The problem is, how do you meditate well? These are important questions that need to be answered by practicing the following tips.
1. Decrease interference
Going to the mountain to be able to meditate calmly will not help if you still carry a cellphone or television. Choosing a quiet place to be protected from various disorders is important, but your readiness to be undisturbed is more important. If you want to do meditation, close the desire to relate to everything that is outside yourself. Then close the door and close your eyes. Forget for a moment all the problems that exist.
Closing the desire to relate to a world outside of yourself during meditation also provides extraordinary psychological effects. It can help you to be calm and not jump right away when you hear the phone. Or, go straight out of the meditation room when someone speaks. For those of you who have a family, you should first arrange household needs and the needs of all family members so that you can be free and feel calm meditating.
Next, surrender yourself fully in the process of meditation. Let the people around you know that this is an important and routine activity for you. That way, they will also learn to appreciate it. Make sure that they understand that while closing yourself in meditation, you don't want to be disturbed.
2. Have a special place
You should have a special place to meditate. Make sure the place is clean and has good air circulation. Special places where the atmosphere is calm will be very helpful, especially at the beginning of the meditation process. Also try not to move places.
However, that does not mean you should not meditate in other places. You can do it anywhere, like on a bus, in a car, even outdoors. But the meditation energy field will quickly form if you do it in the same place. Thus, you will more easily achieve calm when entering the room.
3. Discipline in practice
If you don't concentrate when meditating, don't despair. Don't also feel like failing in meditation. Because in meditation there is no term failure, there is only a matter of 'flying hours'. Remember, not only do you experience feelings of failure. Everyone, even the great masters of meditation, also experienced the same difficulties as you at first.
The mind is chaotic, itchy, hot and cold, for beginners it's normal. This is the process that you must pass. How to deal with it, call the name of God according to your beliefs. Call it repeatedly.
4. Set the time you meditate
You can meditate at any time, but when the sandhya (sunrise and sunset) is the best time. Set your meditation time. Then tell your friends and family members not to disturb you at these hours. Usually meditation practitioners always meditate at certain times. Thus, if that time arrives, they will automatically feel the desire to do meditation.
Meditation is done at least twice a day, namely morning and evening. Meditation in the morning is useful for encouraging you to start the day. While nighttime meditation functions to cause relaxation and help break down the 'tangled threads' that form in your mind and turn them into 'beautiful embroidery'. Thus, you can sleep well and not be bothered by nightmares.
Beginners often have difficulty arranging the right time for meditation. For convenience, first check your daily routine, then find the time that is most suitable for you. If you have set a time, then keep discipline.
If someone has a sincere desire to explore the level and depth of meditation, it is important for him to create the habit of meditating without being missed. Because meditation can be likened to a beautiful chain. Every time we do meditation, we add one chain. In the long run, the result is a strong and useful chain of chains. But if we often leave, then we will lose the link. To strengthen mentally, try not to miss meditation time.
Therefore, even though the situation is an emergency, try to keep doing meditation even if it's only for a few moments. In the beginning it was difficult, but over time it will become a habit, like taking a bath. You will definitely be able to do it without having to make a lot of consideration.
Experienced meditators, usually by themselves reduce sleep reduction, because it can also function as a physiological rest. Thus, they get an additional time of 1-3 hours that can be used to do meditation or to do other activities.
5. Add spiritual insight
Look for friends who also practice meditation. You can also read spiritual books from people who are of high quality in spiritual matters. The best time to read is after doing meditation. Because at that moment our mind becomes clear and calm. The experience of people who succeed in overcoming obstacles in meditation will also help a lot to better prepare yourself and mentally.
6. Do it in a comfortable position
Before doing meditation, it's a good idea to warm up and stretch to relax the muscles and improve blood circulation. Meditation can be done by standing, sitting, even lying down. But make sure your spine is upright. Not upright military style, but upright in your opinion.
If we do meditation in a good position, there will be an energy flow of the spine that points upwards. While sitting with a non-erect posture such as bending or bending backwards, will only inhibit the flow of energy, disturb the breath, and make you easily drowsy.
So it's very important to sit as straight as possible. Some people can be helped by putting a small pillow as a base, because it can reduce pressure on the knee and produce a better posture by raising the backbone. A flat floor surface can help shape this position.
When you sit in meditation, make sure you sit comfortably, so that the mind is free to concentrate on the meditation process. If sitting on a carpet, a thin pillow, or a folded blanket is considered uncomfortable, you can try sitting on a chair.
7. Don't satiate don't starve
After eating, you will feel lazy and sleepy. This is because the body is concentrating energy on the digestive process. You should not meditate at this time, because the energy leading to the brain is not optimal. Vice versa. Meditating on an empty stomach also does not allow you to reach concentration. Therefore, you should only consume snacks or drink fruit juice just before you do it.
I do daily and it is the practice which will make you consistent and perfect in meditation and there are wrong conception among people about meditation in regard to its methodology, people tired to imagine a virtual thing with closed eyes and tried to focus on that with closed eyes which leads to drilling sensation and all of these are very wrong practice. Do not focus on any concentrated things and if at all you want to imagine something with closed eyes then it should be like the endless sky which is not a concentrated thing, so if you mediate that way it will not give ant drilling sensation and you will feel comfortable as well.
Meditation is something which will bring right balance between your body, mind and soul and start doing it and try to increase the duration qualitatively not quantitatively.
These days corporate are also emphasizing on meditation to their employees and workforce and the reason is simple, the world has become so workaholic that with out recharging your mind, it is difficult to engage with your daily routine efficiently and mediation is like a way of charging yourself and if you are not doing it correctly then there is no use of it also, so first learn how to do it and then start doing meditation.
I think on lower side if you are doing it for 10 to 15 mins it is okay and on the higher side if you can do like 45 mins to 60 mins then it is excellent. And please choose the early hour of the morning as during that time there is a positive vibe in your surrounding and atmosphere and on the top of that during that time it is less noisy, so you will find it conducive.
Thank you and Have a great day.
I've practiced daily for the past two years after I had a substantial breakthrough in my practice and developed a deeper connection to Source.
Prior to that I was an on again/off again practitioner of thirteen years.
What really helped facilitate my breakthrough was adding daily practice of pranayama (breathwork) prior to settling in for meditation. To be more specific, focusing on external breath retention provided profound experiences that led me to actually **want** to sit for meditation. Prior to developing that "want," sitting regularly required self-discipline that sometimes I have in spades and other times would be lacking. Hence the reason for the on/off nature of my first thirteen years.
I hope this is helpful and if you'd ever like to discuss meditation practice I'd be happy to chat about it in the future.
I meditate on and off, and usually for bout 8 - 10 minutes at a time. I find that much more than that and it isnt any more beneficial for me. Others might disagree with this though.
After a bit of practise meditation is fairly easy skill to master, but I find the hardest thing is keeping it up as part of my daily routine. It is an excellent way to start the day, but as humans we are always so busy and make any excuse possible. If you suffer from any type of mental ilness such as depression or anxiety, then it is in your best interest to meditate daily and calm your mind. 10 minutes a day can make a HUGE differene to your overall mental health
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I do have a relationship with meditation and I usually do it once or twice a week, I do it more often when I need to talk to myself about something or I present some problem that I must solve thinking and analyzing everything calmly.
Most of the time that I meditate I can connect with energies, I can talk with my guardians or simply with energies that are close to me, while I am talking with them I feel that I can even levitate, we always talk about a specific topic, when the topic ends and everything is solved, the connection ends, there I finish my meditation.
For this reason I do not have a time in which to meditate, it can be several depending on the subject of dealing with my guardians, I have been told that I have a gift, that I am a "universal" meditator because I can not only see and hear them, I can also communicate with them and have a conversation.
And when I'm not talking to them for a long time, they call me, we have a good connection.
I often get asked variants on the question, “How long should I spend meditating each day, and is there any benefit to meditation if you can’t manage forty minutes?”
Some people notice distinct psychological benefits in the forms of reduced stress and greater happiness with only ten minutes of meditation daily, although most people seem to require around twenty minutes to experience benefits.
When I was taught to meditate the meditations in the class were usually 40 or 50 minutes long. I picked up the idea that anything shorter than that wasn’t a “real” meditation and didn’t really count. That was a most unfortunate idea to pick up, because there were many days I couldn’t do that amount of meditation and so I ended up not sitting — even though I did have time to do 15 or 20 minutes.
One well-known study trained people in meditation for eight weeks. The participants, who were new to meditation, ended up meditating for an average of 23 minutes a day. At the end of eight weeks their brain activity had measurably changed, and they showed much higher activation of parts of the brain that are associated with feelings of well-being and less activation of parts of the brain associated with stress. And they were found to have an improved immune response as well. That’s after just 23 minutes a day, on average.
Through my own experience I’ve found that any amount of meditation is better than none. One those days where, for whatever reason, I’ve only been able to meditate for five or ten minutes, I’ve found that my mental states can change perceptibly over that period of time, and that the benefits persist throughout the day.
So my advice is, just do it. If you can only manage twenty minutes a day, do twenty minutes. If you can only manage ten, do that. If three minutes is all you have, then spending three minutes is much, much better than not doing anything.
And just do it every day, and have a minimum commitment for yourself of something like five minutes a day..
The amount of time you’ll have will vary. You might meditate on a regular basis for 20 or 40 minutes, but then have one of those days where you just don’t get a chance to sit until last thing at night, when you’re so tired you think you’re going to fall off your cushion. So sit for at least five minutes. You’ll maintain a sense of being committed to your practice no matter what, and you’ll feel better about yourself. And even five minutes makes a difference.
What about a maximum? Obviously for most people time available for meditation is a limiting factor. On retreat we might meditate for five, or six, or ten hours a day. That’s hardly feasible for most of us in our daily lives, but it’s worth experimenting with doing more practice and seeing what effect it has. I find that if I meditate for more than 90 minutes over the course of a day, there’s an extra “kick” from the practice, and a deep sense of joy comes into my life. I don’t expect that this length of time will apply for everyone, but I expect that there are “tipping points” past which meditation has extra benefits, and that that’s true for most people, even if the magic number isn’t always the same.