I think I know the answer to this but I’m not quite sure… how do you know how long you should meditate for? I start to feel that I need it everyday but I’ve been wondering if I should set a timer so as not to take too much time, or if I should just feel it out because you do lose concept of time kinda…
I don’t think there really has to be a set time, Meditation is really about being within yourself, so you can technically do it anywhere anytime you don’t need fancy music or cushions(though they are nice 🙂 )
If you set a timer i think you are missing the purpose of the experience, that is what life is it’s about experiences. People spend so much time trying to get places, we live in a fast-paced world go go go run run run speed, we don’t allow ourselves that time to fully be conscious IN the experience. We aren’t striving to get to the destination, it’s about the journey through our experiences. The more you focus on the time the less you are focusing within, if you are worried about time then you should meditate longer, lol. There’s an old Zen proverb that goes “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day—unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.”
For meditation i always recommend reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. He has an excellent book on the concept of meditation and how to observe your thoughts where you can learn to have present awareness. He really brings you through exercises and learning to question your ego. I think it’s a fabulous approach to meditation.
You can meditate anywhere, in your car, in the shower, outside, while cooking dinner, It doesn’t have to be a set thing, get creative with it. One thing i always appreciated from my yoga practices is that you want to be able to take Yoga with you anywhere you go because yoga is not only about asanas it’s about going within. Time constricts us in many ways but the most important thing is that when we let time stay in the way of our practice we don’t give ourselves the endurance to fully let go of the resistance of the ego. The longer you hold the pose or in this case Meditation, the easier it will become to let go of the resistance. You really want to be in the moment that is truthfully what meditation comes down to, it’s about being present with yourself. If you are focused on time, you will not be in the present anymore.
I posted an article by Tolle awhile back called Letting go of Psychological Time. If you can’t get the book or don’t like reading at least give this a look i think it will help you. 🙂
I hope this helps you with your practice!
Sending love <3