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    How much meditation?

    Hello -

    I am trying to get into meditation. I think it has had a postive impact in my life in the past - and would like for it to start again.

    Any idea how much is too much? How much is enough? and how little is needed to be effective?

    I have tried to meditate for 5 mins a day or so at the end of the night a few times a week - and seems to be having a positive impact. IE: I am less impulsive, reactive and carried away by emotion.

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    I do my meditation in the morning for about 1/2 an hour most days to get my thoughts sorted out. I think that whenever you feel some peace, you have done enough and it may take longer or shorter on different days.

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    The best *instruction* for meditation I've ever come across is "Everyday Zen" by Charlotte "Koko" Beck.

    She talks about 30-40 minutes a day at home, plus continual practise throughout the day. She also advocates attending allday/multi-day sesshins.

    Personally, I have troubles going past 10 minutes a day, so that is all I ask of myself at the moment. I had some early improvements. I am now pretty much on a plateau, now that the newness has worn off, and the monkey brain is used to the new routine. I think future benefits are going to come much more subtlely, and incrementally.

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    Joko.
    Enjoy the strawberry.

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    Five minutes a day or once a week is a fine start. I have a CD at home that contains a long block of time for which a bell rings every five minutes. The purpose is to break up the thoughts that may be overtaking the meditation. This might help you. You'll have a guide of sorts that can clearing define five minutes, than ten, etc.....

    Meditation does not have to be confined to sitting quietly on a cushion. Zen has several styles of meditation including brush stroke drawing, archery and flower design. There is a tea ceremony as a form of meditation. I personally practice yoga as my meditation. I focus on the movement and the quiet space around me. A lovely thing indeed.
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    Forgot something.........it's also important to be warm enough, settled enough and quiet enough. I typically sit after a meal and bath. Of course, the minute I sit down one of my kitty cats insists on using me as his cushion. Poncho is an expert yogi and he never thought about whether it was five minutes. He'd be happy to sit quietly for five hours.
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    I think aiming for 5 minutes a day at first is a fine start. You can let yourself go longer if you want, or cut it short. Sometimes a group meditation once in awhile can help you get started. If you want music, experiment with various Pandora channels (www.pandora.com). That provides you with a variety so you can figure out if you want to buy anything. Search words I've used are 'om', 'meditation' 'Steven Halpern', etc. Right now I'm listening to a Healing Earth channel that is quite lovely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chord_ata View Post
    The best *instruction* for meditation I've ever come across is "Everyday Zen" by Charlotte "Koko" Beck.

    She talks about 30-40 minutes a day at home, plus continual practise throughout the day. She also advocates attending allday/multi-day sesshins.

    Personally, I have troubles going past 10 minutes a day, so that is all I ask of myself at the moment. I had some early improvements. I am now pretty much on a plateau, now that the newness has worn off, and the monkey brain is used to the new routine. I think future benefits are going to come much more subtlely, and incrementally.
    meditation is really about sitting quietly and being aware,

    aware of what you're thinking, what you're feeling, what sensations are in the body etc...

    another name for this is mindfulness

    so yes mindfulness does not end when meditation ends,

    you continue to be aware throughout the day, you continue to be mindful

    but this is not something difficult

    this is actually your true nature, your true nature is awareness

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonkaDoo View Post
    Hello -

    I am trying to get into meditation. I think it has had a postive impact in my life in the past - and would like for it to start again.

    Any idea how much is too much? How much is enough? and how little is needed to be effective?

    I have tried to meditate for 5 mins a day or so at the end of the night a few times a week - and seems to be having a positive impact. IE: I am less impulsive, reactive and carried away by emotion.
    Meditation is not something someone does to be effective. If one has a goal it is a hindrance to being present. One meditates for the love of balance, now. It's not something to be done, rather it is to allow what is, to emerge. If resistance to thoughts or discomfort arises then that is what you're there for.

    The right amount of time is however much you do. I became aware of a motive when I would keep track of meditation time, so I stopped.

    If it becomes another item on your "to do" list, I wouldn't bother with it anymore. Are you trying to become more peaceful from meditation in the future? The Buddha was once quoted as saying, 'the trouble with you is that you think you have time'.

    Attention to the breath is the simplest and easiest meditation and it is possible whenever it comes to you. If your attention goes elsewhere, where did it go? How did you react? If you got impatient with yourself, why? Are you "doing it wrong"? Or does thought just have you like it always does? Do you think you can control it? Or should?
    These questions are things one might want to contemplate because my experience is that your mind is not to be controlled, that is just ego trying to control ego: a cat chasing its tail. Let your mind do what it does which is to pump out thoughts and more thoughts. If your attention is distracted or enchanted by the parade, stories and spectacle then good, that is what is. If you fight it or think you can do better, also good. I'm just not sure it's really true.

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    I use 4 minutes 2 x a day as a general guideline for sitting/breath awareness meditation. I also try to incorporate conscious practice of mindfullness throughout the day. Staying in the present, noticing my habits of daydreaming, projecting, getting ahead of myself.... gentley bringing my focus back to a more complete experience of NOW.
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