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Cyath

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How long before I see benefits from meditation?
« on: April 13, 2017, 05:21:33 PM »
I will first admit that I am not a frequent meditator - I try my best to do at least 10 minutes a day but sometimes I can't even manage that because I get swept up in the tumult of the day. But I would like to try doing it more consistently.

I started meditating for various reasons - to try to become more relaxed, see reality more clearer, health reasons etc. But I don't see much improvement in any of those areas, and so I often get discouraged.

Realistically this is probably because I am not consistent enough in my meditation practice - I know some people practice for years! But encouragement and advice goes a long way, which is why I am here. :)

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Re: How long before I see benefits from meditation?
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2017, 05:45:58 PM »
Hi,

You have answered yourself. Try to be much more consistent and make it part of your life.

All the best

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Re: How long before I see benefits from meditation?
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2017, 10:41:03 PM »
Hi Cyath,

You may want to look at your time spent in meditation as an opportunity to just be with yourself, to give yourself space and attention.  It is a time to become friends with yourself, curious about your mind, breath and body just as they are.  In this way, the benefits are inherent in the time spent just being, rather than doing.  The less expectations you place upon your practice, the easier it will be to just sit without an agenda, and ironically, the benefits will start to flow :-) 

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Paula
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Cyath

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Re: How long before I see benefits from meditation?
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2017, 02:30:33 AM »
I guess I do get impatient from time to time. I will try to continue with less expectations. :)

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Re: How long before I see benefits from meditation?
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2017, 01:14:18 PM »
The key thing is to get to the point that when you stop, your life becomes a little less rich. Kind of like when you change from from stereo back to mono. You can still enjoy the music, but it's not quite the same experience. Until you get to that point you need to find a meditation that you find easier to keep to in this particular phase of meditating. Try a few others and see if you find something.
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Re: How long before I see benefits from meditation?
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2017, 07:13:46 PM »
I guess I do get impatient from time to time. I will try to continue with less expectations. :)

This is good :)

A simple reminder that helps ... I would bet you spend much more than ten minutes a day on bodily hygiene ... meditation is "mental hygiene" ... which is of greater value to YOU?

Metta,

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Re: How long before I see benefits from meditation?
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2017, 02:47:20 AM »
Hi There,
It can take a little time before you see any tangible benefits from meditation. Of course, relaxation is the most obvious one that can come right away. As you said, consistency will also speed up the degree to which you feel you're benefitting. If the session feels too long for you, you might want to try spreading it out into several sessions throughout the day. I've also noticed that the more you get into the habit of doing it, the easier and more "second nature" it becomes. After a few weeks, I was able to meditate for longer and longer periods of time. One thing that really helps for me is to use a guided meditation audio, where a narrator will tell you how and when to breathe to maximize the benefits. Relaxing music without narration may also work if you're having trouble concentrating.

As for how long until you see benefits, that will depend on how consistently and deeply you are able to meditate. If you don't have time on a regular basis, setting even five or ten minutes aside can be helpful. I hope this helps! Please feel free to get in touch with me at Mod Edit: email removed. No self promotion is allowed on this website if you have any other questions or concerns.

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Re: How long before I see benefits from meditation?
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2017, 03:03:47 AM »
Hi there,
I think the reason each person meditates is probably personal to them. For me, it was the start of going down a spiritual road and hoping to one day find what some call Enlightenment, Christ Consciousness, Buddha Consciousness, etc. Another big draw was the increased compassion for all living things, but I also meditate because it has practical purposes (better sleep, more energy, and general feelings of being more focused for starters).

I can't say whether I've found that "enlightened" state or ever really will, but I have learned a good deal about myself and the world in the process. For that matter, I've also begun to realize that we don't need to seek Enlightenment but rather let it come towards us as we continue in our spiritual journey. Hope this helps! You can always message me directly on here if you want to discuss more.

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