Meditation without timers

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I use my digital watch as a timer, but the problem I have with timers is that I get the urge to check how long its been/how long is left. Perhaps this will be overcome with continued practice.
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I use Zen Timer for my iPhone, which I'm extremely happy with. It's extremely customizable and the sounds are very pleasant.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zen-time ... 72899?mt=8

Why I'm responding though, is because of all the people saying that they often tempted to watch the clock. What I do is set the timer, and then toss it too far for me to see without getting up. Fixes that problem for me pretty nicely.
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The site below has some nice timers that are simple mp3 files. You can play them on your computer, burn them to a CD, or whatever you want to do with them. It is just a simple bell, then dead silence for a given amount of time, then more bells to let you know when time is up. The 5 minute timer is free, the others are $0.99 each.

http://meditationhelper.com/

*Disclaimer: That link is to my own site, but because it is relevant to the discussion I decided to post it.

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This one provides free "mp3 timers" :

http://www.yourmeditationtimer.com/
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The 'gymboss' timer (about 20 bucks on amazon, a dollar or 2 less from their site) is the only one that I have found that offers a simple 'ding' (well, and electronic buzz really) that you do not have to turn off. I have used mine for a couple years now, and I love it. as the batteries get lower (it's taken about 2 years, never turning it off, for this to happen), the sound gets a little quieter, which is also nice.
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Hello:

I find its extremely easy to know how much time have passed during meditation,
so i only use a clock when i sense my practice its becoming weaker or when i have an appointment.

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2600htz wrote:I find its extremely easy to know how much time have passed during meditation,
I'm impressed. I find that time really drags when things aren't going well, and time flies when they are. ;)

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Spiny O'Norman wrote:
2600htz wrote:I find its extremely easy to know how much time have passed during meditation,
I'm impressed. I find that time really drags when things aren't going well, and time flies when they are. ;)

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Time perception goes a beyond that.
If u know u have an appointment the next day in the morning,
many times u will wake up by yourself just a few minutes before the ring.
How is that? Time inside the dream pass even faster....
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Hey all,
Been a while since I viewed this thread. I now have a cell phone with internet that can also download and play web content, so I've downloaded a couple bell timers from the Gil Fronsdal site (http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/ ... on-timers/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;). They work great. I tried the site that allows you to make your own mp3 timers (http://www.yourmeditationtimer.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;), and it works just fine, but I like the sound of the bells on the Fronsdal site - soft, smooth, prolonged sound that slowly fades. Much more pleasant than an alarm clock, especially when I start to fall asleep, haha.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

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I'm appalled at how expensive meditation timer devices can be when purchased online. Anything over twenty bucks is ridiculous if you ask me :broke:
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The title is Meditation without timers. So don't use timer.
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?

I am the original poster. I started the thread to get advice on how to meditate w/o a timer, but I actually ended up getting advice encouraging me to find something to use as a timer, which was great advice because I'm no good at sitting without a timer. I would most likely stop too early.

I now have a timer. And I'm going to use it.?

I am the original poster. I started the thread to get advice on how to meditate w/o a timer, but I actually ended up getting advice encouraging me to find something to use as a timer, which was great advice because I'm no good at sitting without a timer. I would most likely stop too early.

I now have a timer. And I'm going to use it.
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