How long should I meditate daily?
Are you uncertain about or also have doubts about that? –
How long should I meditate daily?
Which is the best meditation style to practice?
Which is better sitting in meditation for hours or doing a 10-minute meditation several time’s a day.
Will you benefit from meditating for 5 minutes? Or
Do you need to meditate for longer?
How much do you need to do to get results?
Since the start of Vedamrita, both Guruji Shubham Barwala Ji and Guruji Neeraj Ji are getting variations of this question all the time.
Why? Because everywhere you see everyone is looking busy. Despite that, a lot of people still want to meditate. The problem is, there is never enough time. And there are many other obstacles. Meditation is also hard because we aren’t used to sitting still.
And we haven’t used practice deep relaxation or to let go of our hyperactive minds, which is what meditation is all about. Let’s be brutally honest, in the beginning, meditation doesn’t exactly conjure up warm and fuzzy feelings instead for a lot of us, is doing exactly the opposite. It’s more like a mild and ancient form of self-inflicted torture for beginners.
If you’re planning to start your meditation journey, why not ease yourself in with the free 30-day Meditation Challenge created by Guruji Shubham Barwala Ji and Guruji Neeraj ji. By clicking here you’ll learn more about the basics of meditation and begin to build up a regular practice of your own!
So, for most of people, when they ask themselves, “How long should I meditate?” What they really want to know is that, “How little can I do and still get the benefits?” Can you relate to that? If so, that’s totally fine. It’s not a problem and it’s not an obstacle.
But let’s pause for a second and do a thought experiment. Think for a moment and answer this question. What makes you really happy? What gives you immense pleasure?
And what if I were to tell you that you could get that excited about meditation? What if I were to say that over time, you could get to the point where you felt you could not meditate enough?
The truth is, when you develop a rich and consistent practice, that’s your experience. That’s often my experience. Of course, it’s not 100% of the time, but it’s the majority.
But I want you to hold that possibility in mind as we come back to our original question: how much time should you put into meditation to get results?
And to answer that question, we need to first answer another.
What Results Are You Looking For?
What are the results you’re looking for when you meditate?
Do you want to find peace?
Do you have anxiety and stress that you want to deal with through meditation?
Maybe you are meditating to find deeper meaning?
These are all really good reasons to meditate. And practicing meditation can help you achieve these results.
But it’s also really important to understand that, like all good things, the results aren’t always immediate. Meditation is an art as much as a science. Yes, if you faithfully apply your attention and follow through on your intention with commitment and discipline, you are going to get results. I have no doubt about it. But you also need to be patient. Unfortunately, you don’t get to decide how quickly you see the results. In fact, you often don’t even get to know that you are having any results at all.
Ok, I know. You’re thinking, what kind of deal is that? You’re asking me to invest all this time and energy and focus and I don’t get to see the return on my investment?
The truth is, we are all so different. We come from different cultures, and we have different histories and personalities. So, you never know how it’s going work. You may get results right away, but it might take days, weeks, or even months of regular practice.
Meditation helps you to develop your Patience
That’s one of the best lesson’s meditation can teach you. Right out of the gates, you are cultivating patience and acceptance. You don’t get to control anything or dictate the outcome. In meditation, you are letting everything be just as it is, so you accept whatever happens (or doesn’t happen).
That’s one of the many unexpected gifts of meditation.
So How Long Should You Meditate?
If you are just starting out, I recommend you meditate for anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes every day. You can start with even less. Maybe try it for 1 minute in the morning. And when you can sit still and relax for that long, move to 2 minutes. And then you keep increasing your time as you get comfortable with the practice.
The most important thing is to just start. The next most important thing is to be consistent. You are trying to set a new groove here. So, starting simple is a great way to go.
The way I think about it, 5 minutes is 100% more than no minutes. And so is 1 minute. You just need to do it. You need to start and you need to keep going. Pick the amount of time that works for you and do it every day.
After a few weeks, then you can start to evaluate the impact and results of the meditation. Because we are all different, there isn’t a right amount of time to meditate. But it’s also like learning any new skill or practicing an instrument. The more time you invest in practice, the more results you’re going to see.
So, when it comes to the question of how much time you should put in to get results? I don’t think you can go wrong. Just pick a number you can manage, be consistent, and get busy letting go.