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Over the past week or two, I have been exploring buhddism and am gently working out whether the philosophy is for me. Alongside my research I have been practicing meditation every single day, and I had some questions about my current routine.
Generally, I will meditate twice in a day, once in the morning and once in the evening - normally for between ten to twenty minutes at at time. To do this I am using the app called 'Insight Timer' which you guys may have heard of. I started out listening to guided meditations exclusively but now I am trying to meditate solo using the included timer. My questions are as follows -
Is there an optimum time period to be aiming for, or is it down to personal preference?
Is there a particular technique I should be sticking to, or is learning from various guided meditations and then applying to my solo meditation ideal?
When meditating using a timer, is ambient sounds like water running okay or should I aim as best I can for total silence? What about interval timers?
Thank you everyone for your help, and I am looking forward to being part of this wonderful community.