Posted by: manjitsandhu | November 1, 2010

What is the Best Time to Meditate During the Day?

Meditation is a fantastic way to relax, rejuvenate, and keep balanced, both spiritually and emotionally.

When to meditate is a personal decision, and sometimes as important as the decision to meditate in the first place.  When it comes to finding the best time for meditation you must first examine your daily schedule, then choose a time and place that allows for sustained and uninterrupted silence. Meditation thrives on the body’s ability to maintain a constant level of serenity.

Before you choose a meditation schedule, it is essential you find a tranquil environment. Some people choose to meditate in a sun room, a patio or a bedroom.  Others prefer the outdoors.  Whichever location you choose, you will see the best results if you are comfortable and consistent.  You may wish to add essential oils with calm scents (such as lavender or chamomile) or energizing scents (such as lemongrass or ginger) to further aid in relaxation or renewal.

Some people choose to meditate when they first arise.   The advantage to an early morning meditation is that the chaos of the day has yet to commence.  Other family members are usually still resting, the streets are not packed with noisy traffic and the newly risen sun can help to provide a feeling of peace and tranquility.  When meditating in the morning, consider choosing an energizing aroma which will help prepare you spiritually for the coming day.  Eating a light breakfast will help avoid the distractions caused by hunger.

Meditating in the afternoon also has distinct benefits.  During the day, a peaceful break helps to maintain energy and focus, and can provide the necessary push to finish daily tasks. 

Evening or late night meditation, immediately before bed, can also be ideal.   Meditating late can help you unwind from the stresses of day and prepare you for a sound, peaceful and energizing sleep.  However, before meditating at night, be certain you do not have a full stomach.  The digestive system (like all other parts of the body) tends to slow during sustained meditation.  In turn, this can cause an upset stomach and defeat the purpose of meditation.  Similarly, avoid meditating when overly tired or after using alcohol.  Meditating when you are very tired can cause a you to fall asleep unintentionally, before a full meditation period has been achieved.  Alcohol use dulls brain function; a person should aim to be completely lucid to achieve maximum relaxation and balance.

There is no “best” time to meditate — when is “best” is entirely dependent on the person.  Try different times so that you can find the best fit for your schedule and personality.  Remember that meditation should provide you with peace, renewal and balance.  As long as you find these are achieved, the time of day is of minor importance.

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