Am I Doing This Right?

Here’s the latest installment in our ongoing series of helpful answers to common meditator questions.

Illustrations by Gwenda Kaczor
Is it OK to start out with the idea that I’ll keep meditating until I don’t feel like doing it anymore, or should I choose a set period of time?

First of all, to some degree if you sit down to practice meditation, then it’s always OK. The real question is whether a certain approach is advisable and whether it supports a regular and beneficial practice. I can also tell you what would happen for me if I decided not to meditate for a set period of time and just meditated until I didn’t want to meditate.

I believe my average time per meditation would be somewhere in the range of 30 seconds to a minute, tops. As long as that’s where you’re aiming for your daily practice, go for it. But most of us aspire for a tad more practice on a regular basis. The challenge is, of course, that the “not feeling like doing it” is simply a thought that the brain has offered up as if it is a truth. But what are thoughts anyway? Really, they’re just brain secretions. They have no inherent truth or fact to them, and they often come and go fairly randomly.…

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