For beginning meditators, one question that comes up quite regularly is how long should a person meditate? While opinions do vary, the consensus is 20 to 30 minutes a day, ideally twice a day if possible. Of course you are free to meditate longer should you feel the need or desire.
In this Argus Leader post from BryAnn Becker, the benefits of a 20 to 30 minute a day meditation are discussed. Citing both from a study conducted at the Massachusetts General Hospital as well as from Melissa Shattuck, a certified meditation instructor with The Chopra Center, meditating for 20 to 30 minutes a day can greatly help an individual with symptoms of anxiety and depression. A meditation of this length can also have positive neurological effects.
A team of researchers led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) found that people who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. Their findings appeared in the Jan. 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.
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