While there is no set amount of time that is ideal for meditating, the most commonly suggested time range is about 15 to 30 minutes.
But, remember what I stated earlier, the amount of time is ultimately irrelevant. And, I’ll explain why soon.
However, when you’re starting out, you can have a loose time goal in mind. And, you could either notice the time before you start, or even set an alarm to alert you after a certain number of minutes.
You could do 5-minute sessions twice per day, for the first week. During the second week, you could try to shoot for 10 minutes per session, twice per day.
Ideally, you would want to start/conduct your meditations during the same time, every day, but it’s not a big deal if you’re not always able to do that.
Just do your best to keep a scheduled time set aside, twice each day, for meditating.
And, if you aren’t able to stick to the scheduled time occasionally, don’t beat yourself up over it. Just reschedule it for an earlier or later spot in the day.
Ultimately, the length of time is not that important. (You shouldn’t make your goal or pursuit to be able to meditate longer than before, or longer than others.)
So, if you are only able to sit in silence for one minute, or even for one second, that’s still much better than not meditating at all.
Just keep practicing. And, don’t pay much attention to your mind (or your ego) trying to make you feel bad about not being able to meditate for longer than you are currently doing.
Again, there is no hard and fast rule as to what particular time you should meditate. However, ideally, you would want to…
1. Meditate as early in the morning as possible… immediately after you wake up, use the restroom and have a cup of water. (Warm water is recommended.)
2. Just before you go to bed at night.
Whichever two times you choose to meditate in the day, try to meditate every day at those same two times, i.e. keep the same schedule daily, as best as you can. And, if something comes up where you have to adjust your schedules a bit, that’s fine. Don’t worry too much about it.
And, definitely do not stress out about it. Stress and meditation are just not meant to go together,
for any reason. If you ever catch yourself stressing about anything related to your meditation, either remedy the situation quickly or let it go and move on.
The important thing is that you do your best to meditate. The exact time is not extremely important. Life can be unpredictable, and schedules tend to change sometimes. Also, on some days, you may have to get up earlier or go to bed earlier (or even later.) So, adjust accordingly. And, don’t worry about it.
Similarly, if you happen to experience one of those days where you just can’t find a way to meditate two times, it’s not the end of the world. Just do your best to either do one later or earlier in that same day, i.e. sometime in the afternoon, mid-morning, etc. Or just make up for it sometime later in the week.