In line with the former post about allowing "space," I ended up basically skipping meditation last night. The day had been long, and I had been involved doing other things, and I wanted to spend time with my husband.
All of that is completely fine; skipping a day of meditation can help remind us how important it is.
Another point to realize relates to my exercise routine, which is mainly "day on, day off," or that I exercise every other day (sometimes two days get skipped). Everyone's body is different and heals at different rates, and this seems to be the pattern that works the best for me.
The same is true for our spiritual practice. To be sure, meditating for many hours a day sounds like a good idea and a notable thing, but if the meditation ends up irritating you and causing you to dread it, it's backfiring and not accomplishing its task.
One of my friends spoke about working once and said, "Work smarter, not harder." There's something to be said for this as well: it's better for us to accomplish something well and swiftly than it is for us to drag it out. That can apply to working and to many other things.
Effort for the sake of effort might be good under some circumstances; no one becomes an Olympic Gold Medalist without undertaking some kind of training!
What say you? Do you think it's better to sit for an hour and be irritated the whole time, or is better to sit for 5 minutes and have a profoundly deep and relaxing experience and go into a deep meditation? Which one do you think is ultimately better? This is an extreme example, but it's worthy of consideration.
Nonetheless, consider it.