So you’ve found your perfect spot, picked your favorite meditation pillow, lit the candle in front of you, and adjusted your body so you are sitting up straight with your hands gently resting on your knees. As you close your eyes, you think to yourself, “Wait a minute, I have to be out of here in 45 minutes, how am I possibly going to know when 20 minutes is up?”
A common issue for many a meditator, check out this article from E.C. LaMeaux on some pretty ingenious ways to keep track of time during your meditation practice. From lighting incense to training your own “internal timer,” LaMeaux acknowledges how challenging it can be to keep time once you begin to relax.
Having a specific time of day to practice the art of meditation is helpful in regulating your mind and body. Venerable Henepola Gunaratana, president of the Bhavana Society in West Virginia, suggests that having a set time assists in developing mindfulness while internalizing a meditative pattern of behavior. As you learn to meditate, establishing a routine allows you to train your body to begin to know and recognize approximately how much time has passed. Similar to the inner alarm clock that wakes you even on the weekend at the same time, with repetition your body will begin to know approximately how much time has passed.
Read more tips on mindfulness training to keep track of time during meditation here.