Lots of people ask me this question! They want to know when they can best meditate each day – especially if they are new to meditation practices.
People's lives are busy, so they try to make the most of every opportunity that presents itself. What am I telling them?
Here are some things you should know about the best time to meditate.
1. The best time to meditate is in the morning.
In the morning you are still fresh. It is the best time to center and ground yourself. You are still calm from your sleep and can bring that spirit of peace into your meditation practice. It's a nice transition from calm to a more centered day.
At the beginning of your day you will be clear and easier to focus on your mind and even your breathing. You are not yet burdened with the chaos, bustle and dynamism of the day that sometimes tarnish our judgment and our perception of ourselves.
I want to remind people how a morning meditation affects them all day. You will find that if you start your day centered and balanced, you will have more of that balance with you for the rest of the day. You will actually experience more tranquility and stay centered in the hills and valleys of your day.
When you start your day with meditation, you will already have that time set in your daily routine. It's harder to work out the time later in the day when you're already busy, stressed out, and caught up in the dynamics of your day. Often times, people have the best of intentions to take a lunch break or afternoon break to meditate during their work day, but usually this just doesn't happen.
When you think about it, it actually takes more energy to withdraw from work and change your focus in order to be able to meditate. It is better to start at the beginning of your day when you are fresh, clear, and calm.
2. Meditation also has benefits at night.
People who meditate before bed in the evening find that they rebalance before bed. This approach will help you end your day and let go of your stress. Meditation becomes a way of releasing the tension of the day's events and worries.
As a result, you will feel rejuvenated before bed. Night meditation will help you wake up refreshed and energized for your day.
3. Focus on building a meditation habit.
This third point is my way of turning the question away from the time of day and into the importance of building the meditation habit. So if you choose your time to meditate, do what is best for you, but just do it!
If you are just starting to meditate, you should start in 5-minute blocks of time. Consistency is the key to meditation when you start out. Five minutes a day is better than a one-hour meditation block once a week.
Make meditation a positive daily habit that you don't need to think about. Make it part of your routine like your breakfast or your morning coffee. Your time can build up as you begin to experience the benefits of meditation.
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