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Consistency vs. Duration

Cory Muscara



Cory Muscara



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Consistency vs. Duration

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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're going to talk

about the difference between consistency

versus duration in a meditation practice.

So when it comes to our meditation

practice, I do believe consistency

is more important than duration.

Over time, the commitment to showing

up each day-ish, to nourish your mind

and heart, even if for a short period

of time, will, in my opinion, be a

more substantial investment than less

frequent, longer bouts of meditation.

When it comes to retreats, that's

a slightly different story.

So if we were comparing the benefits

of daily practice of, let's say

20 minutes a day versus a once

per year, four week retreat.

I might end up going with the retreat,

just due to the depth of concentration

you could access and the experiences you

might have there and subsequent insights.

But it's nuanced territory

with no clear answer.

I think for those of us who are simply

looking to integrate meditation into

our lives, it's, it tends to be best

to focus on shorter duration that

facilitates consistency rather than a

longer duration that hinders consistency.

So as you know, with our meditations,

we have different lengths, 5 minutes,

10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes.

And notice if trying to do

a longer meditation actually

prevents your consistency.

If you're going for the 30 minute

meditations, but you ended up falling

short because you, you talk yourself

out of it on some days, because you

think, well, I don't have 30 minutes.

Well, then I would encourage to look

at what's it like to do 20 minutes

or 10 minutes, or even just get

really consistent doing five minutes.

Over time, I think the consistency of

the practice will go a much longer way

for your wellbeing and your development

of, of mindfulness in your life.

So just something to consider

on your mindfulness journey.

Thank you for your practice and let's

settle in for today's meditation.

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