Updated: Sep 15, 2020
This is a question that I get asked more times than I'd like to admit. Does the length even matter? What is the optimal time? How much is too much?
If it feels like too much, it probably is.
If you are just starting your meditation journey, take it slow. One small step at a time. When I first started, I couldn't even sit still for 30 seconds so the thought of doing it for 5 minutes was literally impossible! Once you start, build up slowly until you find your sweet spot.
For me, it is 10 minutes.
It is enough time that I need to go inward, focus on my breathing and set my intention for the day. I have found that meditating first thing in the morning works best for me. For others, it is right before bed. Which is a great choice for those that need help falling asleep.
You need to find a time for you that is achievable and keeps you feeling motivated. If you feel like you can't keep up with the time you have set for yourself, the likelihood of it becoming a daily routine is one to none (basically it ain't happening sis).
There is not much research behind the most optimal time for meditation, but rather it is the frequency. So 10 minutes daily will be much more impactful than 60 minutes once a week.
If the session feels unbearable and continues to feel unbearable then it is time wasted.
If you find yourself really struggling to get a meditation routine down and no time seems to work for you, I'd recommend to take a break from it for a while. It really is about trial and error until you find your sweet spot.
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