Meditation timer

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Hi all, how do you all time your meditation sessions? A normal timer is loud and you can't easily add time without interrupting your session. I'm looking for something that is preferably mechanical or solar-powered.

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simsapa wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:33 am
Hi all, how do you all time your meditation sessions? A normal timer is loud and you can't easily add time without interrupting your session. I'm looking for something that is preferably mechanical or solar-powered.
I don't like alarms because they can disturb your meditation or you end up anticipating the alarm going off and keep checking your watch. I prefer the grandfather clocks (not sure if that's what they are called any more though) that have the chimes every 15 minutes. Typically there are 2 chimes at the quarter-hour, 4 chimes at the half-hour, 6 at the three-quarter hour and then the full "song" at the top of the hour. And then that way you could sit for 15 minutes or more without checking your watch or being disturbed by an alarm.

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I can't say I have one of those! I usually meditate in nature.

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I have an app on my phone called "Seconds Pro", which I also use for exercise. It plays a non-jarring single gong sound and you can have multiple preset duration's.

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I just use look at the time normally. or sometimes i use apps. Insight timer has one of the best generic meditation timers imo. i literally just ignore everything else that app offers and just use the timer.
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Over many years I have tried different ways of timing my meditation sessions but I always go back to an Android app called Meditation Helper Plus - https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... p&hl=en_AU. By today's standards it doesn't have the fanciest user interface but it does the job. Also it doesn't have other distracting features like social media etc. The one feature that I absolutely love about the Meditation Helper Plus app is you can have the alarm (gong sound) go off at different times and keep a log of the time spent for that session. For eg. my typical session may involve 10 minutes of Anapanasati followed by at least 50 minutes of Vedanupassana, I may then continue as long as I like and finally ending with a few minutes of Metta. So the first alarm will go off at 10 minutes, another at 50 minutes, I then decide to continue for another 10 minutes followed by 3 minutes Metta and I finally end the session on the app. Since this is an open ended session, the app will log the entire session with a total of 73 minutes. My goal in this instance is to get at least 60 minutes of meditation and more if I feel like it. I used to think that this preoccupation of time is not necessary but after experimenting with different ways of practice, I feel that the habit of putting in the hours in meditation is beneficial. At the same time I don't need to keep looking at the watch to know when I should stop, so that I can attend to other duties in my schedule. Another benefit of practicing this way is that you have the discipline to follow through with a planned meditation session and just end when you feel like it.

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I prefer timers that are not in other devices. Just an old-fashioned one.

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Insight Timer app

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