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Un-alarming timers for meditation and the (10+2)*5 hack

If you're a beginning meditator, you may share my distraction of sometimes wondering "How long have I been doing this?" It's easy (and desirable) to lose track of time, but it can be worrisome if you need to be someplace later and are nervous about falling sleep or the like.

Commentor Ruth recently pointed us to Zencast, a site that does podcasts on Meditation, including an introduction to meditation series. Haven't listened to any of these yet, but I was pleased to notice that their first three shows of the podcast are just "timers" for meditating.

Each is an MP3 of 10, 20, or 30 minutes in length, and they each consist of a "Music for Airports"-like wash of ambient music at the beginning and end of the session and just silence in-between. The 20- and 30-minute versions also feature unobtrusive tones at 10 and 15 minutes respectively. Handy way to get time off your mind (a meditation hack?).

In a similar vein, don't miss Hernick's alarm-free MP3 for running the (10+2)*5 hack. As he says over on the board:

But syncing myself to a alarm? Urgh. Painful stuff. I hate buzzers.

So I invoked the power of Open Source: I fired up Hydrogen, a drum machine.

I laid down 12 minutes of beats; the beats synchronise you to the hack.

Both the mediation timers and the Dash tune are clever ways of having alarms without actually having alarms.

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Once my meditation teacher told...

Once my meditation teacher told me that if you start your meditation thinking "I'll meditate for x minutes", your body will tell you when the time has passed. There's an inner clock inside each of us that you can learn to trust. For example, if I say before going to sleep, "I want to wake up at x hour", usually it happens. Or if I say, I want to work on this for 10mins, I know when the 10 mins. have passed. But as much as I trust my inner clock, I'll use an alarm clock and a timer.

As for meditating, I think it's best to meditate at the end of the day, when you know that you're not expected somewhere else. Just to avoid one more distraction.




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