Should I time my meditations? How do I know how much time has passed?
In the method I practice, it is very easy to go into deep samadhi - even for beginners.
I witness this every Sunday at our Introduction to Heartfulness at our meditation center. Newcomers are astonished that they thought they had meditated for 10 minutes but in fact, it was 40 minutes.
In deep meditation, we have gone beyond time perception, but the question may be, how do we know then when to come out of it?
Well, when sitting in a Heartfulness group meditation, the trainer will say “That’s all”.
How did the trainer know, if they too were in deep meditation? What happens when you are meditating by yourself and go into samadhi?
The answer is - each meditation has its own natural duration. A more experienced meditator will not be setting a timer. They know that when the meditation is complete, they will come out of it. In our method, this is anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Now, if you have to leave for work, it is okay to set a timer so that you don’t worry about meditating past the time limit.
My first spiritual guide, Babuji, was asked why one hour of meditation? He said it was like cooking rice, a certain amount of time is needed to complete the process.
For many decades, I meditated one hour in the morning and a half-hour at night. I don’t recommend meditating for longer than one hour at a time. This is enough. At the other end of the spectrum, I would say if you only have 5 minutes, then meditate for 5 minutes.
Any meditation is better than no meditation.
Eventually, after much sincere practice, you can remain in a meditative state permanently with zero effort - you become the state.
I want to make one clarification, though Babuji recommended one hour, times have changed and we humans have evolved a little too. I feel 30 minutes is a good goal to achieve and not more than one hour.
good meditating, b