In answer to this question that came from an
email today, we share here Swami Sivananda's
thoughts about this. Enjoy!
"It is not possible to meditate the whole day.
Without variety, the mind, especially of a
beginner, will get tired . It is necessary to
guard against this possibility. It is important
that the aspirant should be protected from the
monotony of one-sided spiritual practice leading
to reaction and a return to worldly activity
with a vengeance. The beauty of divine life lies
in the fact that the seriousness of meditation is
tempered with the joy of Kirtan, the happiness and
strength of service, the peace of Japa and the
understanding of Svadhyaya (reading of scriptures)."
H.H. Swami Sivananda
PS: Kirtan is the art of spiritual music and Japa is
the repetition of a word or phrase (Mantra)
PPS: There is a state of consciousness that has
a characteristic of an ongoing awareness of what
Gurdjieff called "All and Everything". This Grace-given
Realization can be said to be a continuous
meditative focus that Sivananda, Ramana, Nisargadatta,
and others demonstrated openly for decades. This is
our birthright and evolutionary end and beginning.