I was talking to a new meditator about her understanding of what it means to commit to he practice and discovered that she believed all serious meditators meditated two hours a day. In addition, to be a good meditator, she felt obligated to sit two hours a day. She was concerned and overwhelmed by the thought of these two hours and this discouraged her from her practice.
As someone who has struggled through the ups and downs of starting a daily practice, I want everyone to know this isn’t true. Instead, sitting two hours a day is a stage in your development. For example, if you keep practicing you’ll eventually memorize the multiplication tables. Different people will reach that stage at different times, but the key is to keep practicing.
I believe that committing to your meditation practice mean trying to sit every day for some amount of time. Practicing 5 minutes every morning could have a tremendous impact on your life, and to me, someone who commits to this is a serious meditator. The important thing is to stick to your commitment.
Oh, and as far as lotus position and sitting motionless, don’t spend too much time fretting over it. I still often find myself shifting positions and sitting with my knees tucked under my chin. It might not look pretty, but I’m still meditating and still enjoying the benefits of a daily practice. The bottom line is, be where you are. Accept where you are along the path and work hard to walk in the right direction. Good luck! Time to meditate.