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Q: Barb,
Are you sure 5 minutes every day is enough time to meditate? I have heard from many teachers that you have to do 20 or 30 minutes.

A: So many people ask me this question. All meditation teachers are sharing
their personal experiences and what works for them. I, too, for many years practiced this way by following a particular teacher who said anything less than 30 minutes wasn’t really meditation. Then in 2007 I went on retreat with the Dalai Lama and I saw this quote by A View on Buddhism “One should realize that continuity in meditation is considered essential; better five minutes a day, every day, than 2 hours once a week. For example, five minutes in the morning are likely to become longer over time, and can easily become part of your everyday life.” This completely opened my mind and heart to the concept that meditation is a “sitting with yourself” every day to connect within, the length of time is not nearly as important as the consistency of practicing every day. So this is what I teach in my book, The Practice, wake-up every morning and the first thing you should do is connect with yourself in meditation.

Blessings and love,

About Barb Schmidt

Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.
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