One question that is often asked is: What is the best time to meditate?
You probably want a simple answer, but like everything in life, there is no one-size-fits-all approach.
The time of day you choose to meditate depends on your first meditation goals and what you are trying to learn from your practice.
Below you will learn some of the usual times of the day to meditate and why some are better than others.
If you’ve been struggling with your meditation practice (or just can’t find the time), you’ll want to check it out.
Meditating in the morning
Morning can be one of the best times of the day to meditate. It is usually one of the most stressful times of the day. And you usually have a little more control over your time.
Also, your morning routine tends to set the tone for how your day unfolds. Imagine injecting a little peace into your life with a little morning meditation. If you usually wake up in a hurry and think about the day, even doing something as simple as taking a deep breath can be effective.
When you’re in the shower, take a few minutes to take a deep breath and pay attention to your breathing. Or, wake up ten minutes early and use that time for meditation.
Morning hours are best if you try to make meditation a habit in your life. Wake up. Meditate. Keep up the good work.
Personally, I have never been a morning meditator. It used to force me to wake up in the sun and meditate for an hour a day. However, I felt more stress and judgment about “having” to meditate at this time, and it began to outweigh the benefits of the practice.
Now, I do some conscious breathing in the morning after brushing my teeth and spend more time meditating as a rest after work day.
Can you meditate in the afternoon?
Meditating in the afternoon can be a great time to get rid of any stress that has built up during the day. If you’re at lunchtime at work, it might be a good time to restart and recharge to spend the rest of the day.
It only takes five minutes to practice meditation. There are all kinds of meditation applications that offer short and easy guided meditation practices.
Many of us tend to reach the maximum levels of wakefulness during the afternoon hours, adding a touch of meditation, we will be able to use this time more effectively.
Yes, you can meditate in the afternoon. The important thing is to make time as long as you can and make it a habit.
What about bedtime meditation?
The night can be a good time to meditate, but you need to be strategic when practicing. For example, you can take a good break from meditation after work to help separate your work from the rest of your life.
It will help you to leave behind whatever has happened and really enjoy the rest of the day.
However, when you stop meditating until later in the day, it can be easy to skip it and stop it until tomorrow. Therefore, if you are trying to establish a habit of meditation at night, make sure that you have an activator to help you maintain it.
For example, you can do a ten-minute meditation in the car after work, or you can set aside 20 minutes as soon as you walk in the front door. The night has more variables and it is easier to get away from your practice. But it can be a great way to relieve the stress of the day.
I am a big fan of night meditation. When I find myself relaxing during the day, I leave a 20-minute window to meditate. I still can’t sleep and I don’t lie down (you’ll see why below), but it helps me sleep better and get ready for tomorrow.
Try to avoid meditation just before bedtime.
You can use certain relaxation techniques to help you fall asleep faster. But meditation is not a tool to help us fall asleep. It is a way to be more awake, stress free and resilient in our waking life.
Is there a better time of day to meditate?
The time of day you choose to meditate on depends on what works for you. Meditation should not take your life, but it should add to it.
Are you a morning person? Then experiment with a simple practice in the morning.
Do you hate mornings and prefer to stay up late? Then use the quiet of the night hours to immerse yourself in deep meditation.
However, breathing while falling asleep does not count as meditation, although it is an amazing tool for relaxation.
When you meditate it is not as important as it really is. Pick a moment and commit. And remember, consistency should be what you want to achieve.
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