This question is asked often by beginners. As you advance and you begin to become comfortable with your practice, you will be asking the same question. “How often should I practice meditation” can only be answered by you, dependent on the level of your practice and the time you have available. How often you meditate varies as your practice develops.
Here are some basic guidelines. if you are using the free introductory guided meditations, these are short sessions. Be realistic. if you listen to a guided meditation once a day for one week, by the end of the week you will have done well. After one week of once a day, in all likelihood you will have retained the instructions. Once you have retained the instructions, any quiet moment of the day is an opportunity to sit still for a few minutes and recall the instructions doing the meditation without a recording. For more tips and tricks on how to practice meditation, we recommend you visit this site.
If you are able and willing to make the opportunity to practice more than once, this discipline will serve you well. It is better to set lower yet achievable aims rather than to set yourself an aim which will cause you disappointment if you do not reach it.
If you have strong determination, sit once a day, every day. If the mood takes you and you feel like a second sitting, then do so. It is important not to set yourself unrealistic goals. Once a day for a beginner is enough. It may only be a few minutes, yet consistent practice accumulates minutes and hours of practice and experience begins to build.
When I was given my first meditation practice, I expected a long and complex meditation programme. How surprised I was when it was suggested I sit for three minutes, three times a day, with full attention.
This is the key. Full attention once a day is better than poor attention more often. As you advance, the guided meditations are slightly longer. Again, one daily sitting through one longer guided meditation is enough. Allow your enthusiasm to grow naturally. It is better to feel enthusiastic and anticipate your next session eagerly than to see your enthusiasm fall away because you have tried too hard or set yourself too much to do.
Over and over again during this course you will read or hear that the best results come when you are relaxed but attentive. Relaxed but attentive becomes an experience, something that you begin to recognise. It is one of the joyful realisations of meditation practice: that progress comes with ease. As your experience grows, you will see clearly that there is a balance between discipline and ease. That balance can be described, but you must find it in your experience, in your life. If you still have questions regarding how to properly meditate, then be sure to read this article.