I've noticed it's really difficult for me to be consistent, even with short meditation. I'm thus hesitating between:
- 10 min sessions every day
- 40 min sessions every 2 or 3 days
Which of these seems more beneficial?
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Based on my personal experience, and also on some of the research on habits, short but consistent sessions might be better to help ease you into longer sessions. If your brain gradually transfers the act of starting your meditation from the willpower-related regions to the habit-related regions, and you start observing the benefits and pleasure derived from short sits done consistently over time, my hope is you'll find less and less resistance to longer sessions.
In my experience, I've obtained the best results if I sit at approximately the same time, in the same place in my routine during the day (e.g. right after waking up and hearing a short Dhamma talk, or at the end of my work day, to help me process the events of the day).
I hope this is helpful. Metta.