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How long will it take me to keep myself focused during meditation?

my mind wanders a lot. so it’s really difficult for me to stay focused when meditating. I tried to meditate for twenty minutes today, and I couldn’t do it for that long because my mind kept wandering off.
what could I do to keep my mind focused? I try to focus on my breath.

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When I did Transcendental Meditation – many years ago – I found it impossible to ’empty the mind’ totally for more than a couple of minutes. The human mind is ‘active’ – on both conscious and sub-conscious levels – and in all truth I reckon it’s well nigh impossible to remain in a state of of ‘suspended animation’ for more than a few minutes, whatever the gurus or yogis claim. (Any other ‘altered state’ is indistinguishable from being asleep – and we know that even when asleep, dreams come upon us, as the the never-sleeping subconscious occasionally bursts through. Not… Read more »

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It is different for everyone, but here are a few tips that I have found helpful when it comes to focusing: Pick an object, just one object. It can be a fixed object, or even a moving object. The one I find most useful is the image of a single balloon floating upward into the sky. Another option is to focus on your breathing. Inhale, exhale – get yourself into a rhythm. Sometimes a mantra, such as “om,” is useful if you say it slowly, almost humming it; you can focus on the sound. As long as you have the… Read more »

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Determination and Practice, practice, practice, ……. that is the only way to keep the mind focused. “Abhyasenacha kountheya vairagyena….” is the advise in Gita.
If you can shut your eyes and focus your mind in the middle of your eyebrows for 2 minutes, that is enough.

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What Anthony said. A lot of it just takes time and patience. Start with 5 minutes, and keep going a little longer each time. After a while, you will have disciplined your mind and things will be easier.

Just realize that it takes a while. Don’t get discouraged in the meantime.

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make your meditation times shorter to start off with then build your way up to 20 minutes, it will help you with the discipline you will need to garner before you have the focus.

You could start at like 10 minutes at a time for 2 weeks then add a minute or 2 as time progresses.

Good luck

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Christianity promotes an active mind.