A good number of new meditators begin sitting with the hope that the holistic benefits of meditation will make themselves felt in a matter of days. They expect meditation to act as a quick fix – like swallowing a pain relief tablet. It isn’t a reasonable expectation. Most genuine meditation teachers say that while a fortunate few newbies experience benefits very quickly, for the rest of us, meditation has to be practiced regularly over time before its beneficial effects can be appreciated.
Our advice for new practitioners is to try meditation daily for a month, then weigh the pros and cons. Even if you’re tempted to give up sooner than that, keep going for five or ten minutes every day. Meditation offers a wide spectrum of benefits, all of which can be achieved over time. Don’t short-change yourself.