How long is enough?
How long do you need to meditate to get any benefit? Do you make a daily commitment to meditating? Or do you tell yourself over and over again that you just don’t have the time?
It takes discipline and priority to set aside time and space to meditate everyday. This is part of developing a spiritual practice. A practice of making a commitment to yourself and your soul. The question is; are you a priority?
If you are like me, you were not taught how to meditate as a child. You were not shown the importance of this incredible practice and how it could change your life. It was not part of your culture.
Daily meditation is a habit that I have needed to learn and cultivate in my adult life. It hasn’t always been easy and continues to be an interesting journey. At times my practice and dedication is strong and consistent. Whilst other times my ego and mind act like teenagers, simply refusing to even try with better things to do.
Once you make the commitment to yourself and dedicate to a daily meditation practice, it becomes easy and part of your life. So how much time do you really need to sit and meditate to get any benefit?
Yogic science says that there are specific lengths of time needed for certain desired effects during meditation.
The good news is that even just 3 minutes you start to change your electromagnetic field. 3 minutes sets you on a path of improving your circulation and the stability of blood in your body. Thats all you need.
11 minutes will bring you change to your nervous system and the glandular system.
22 minutes balances the three minds, the negative, positive and neutral minds, as they begin to work together.
31 minutes allows the glands, breath and concentration to affect all the cells and rhythms of the body. It then allows the psyche of the meditation to affect the tattvas and the layers of the mind’s projections, going deeper.
62 minutes changes the gray matter in the brain. It begins to integrate the subconscious and outer projections.
2.5 hours changes the psyche in its co-relation with the surrounding magnetic field so that the subconscious mind is held firmly with the new pattern by the universal mind.
So how much dedication can you offer yourself to meditate? Start slow. To begin with set aside 5 minutes. It is easy to find 5 minutes in your day, so make that your daily commitment to yourself.
Start with following the flow of the breath in and out of the body. Start small and slowly increase the length in increments. Start somewhere and work your way up to a time that is comfortable and achievable.
Baby steps will set you up for a successful meditative practice that you easily commit to everyday. Identify what type of changes you wish to make in yourself and use the above guide as to how long you need to meditate for, to achieve those results. Make that your aim and start today.