Friday, July 1, 2011

Quality vs. Quantity


This morning I sat down to meditate. I turned on the video I usually stream as a guide, closed my eyes. and took a deep breath.

Then, I tuned out my guide and my mind wandered through my daily to-do list, thought about what outfit I should wear for the day, and other random thoughts about life. The next thing I knew, I was being cued to open my eyes and start my day and my 10-minute meditation was over. Oopsy!

Now, I know it's normal for your mind to wander during meditation, but can you even call it meditating if you don't even have a few moments of mindfulness mixed in there somewhere?

I've been thinking a lot about quality vs. quantity lately--and meditating is just a part of the equation for me. I go back and forth on whether it's worth it to practice meditation, yoga, writing, and all the other things I am dedicated to for just a few minutes every day or if it would be better to practice it more fully and deeply a couple of times a week?

In the yoga community, the conventional wisdom is that if you practice just a few minutes a day it makes a huge impact. But, for me, it's nowhere near as satisfying as a nice 90 minute class at a studio.
Does anyone else struggle with this? I'd really rather have enough time to get a good thorough practice in every single day, but it's just not going to happen.