People, who start meditating, often ask, “What is the best time to meditate?”
The short answer is now. Now is the best time to meditate.
Actually, any time of the day or night, morning, noon, or evening is good and suitable for meditation. If you are serious about meditation, do not wait for the appropriate time and conditions. There are no such things.
However, there are certain times of the day, which are more suitable or convenient for practicing meditation. At these times, meditation might proceed more smoothly. However, these times might not be convenient for you, as you might be busy at these times. This does not mean that you should abandon meditation. If other times are more suitable, go ahead and meditate at these times.
It is the same with everything in life. If for example, you cannot go to the gym in the morning, then go in the evening or at noon. It is the same with meditation.
There are certain times and certain rules that will make it easier to meditate, but if these times are not suitable, and if you do not comply with these rules, you will still make progress. After getting experience on the path of meditation, there will come a time, when you would not need to observe these times and rules.
The best answer for the question, “when is the best time to meditate”, would be now if possible, or at any other time when you can be alone and undisturbed, even for just a few minutes.
Meditate when you can, but if you can choose the time, especially if you are a beginner, there are certain times of the day, which are more suitable. However, please remember that if these times are not suitable, any other time is okay.
The important thing to remember is that you need to:
- Love the time you devote to practicing meditation.
- Consider meditation as a useful practice.
- Choose a place where you can be alone and undisturbed.
- Relax your body before you begin.
- Relax your mind, and try not to follow the thoughts that pop up in your mind, doing so calmly, without fighting your thoughts.
What Is the Best Time to Meditate?
You might now be asking, what is the best time to meditate, morning, evening or some other time of the day.
Actually, any time when you are alone in a quiet place is good for meditation. There are certain times, when some people might find easier or more comfortable to meditate. This could be:
- In the morning
- In the evening
- At night
We will now examine them.
The Best Time to Meditate Is Early in the Morning.
You will find it most beneficial to sit down to meditate in the morning, after getting up from bed, but before eating breakfast.
Meditating in the morning will set a mood of calmness for the whole day.
This hour of the day provides numerous important benefits. Here are a few of the benefits:
1. The mind is quieter in the morning than it is at other times of the day
When you wake up in the morning, your mind is quieter than at other times of the day, and therefore, there will be fewer obstacles to focus the mind and experience inner silence and peace.
In the morning, the mind has not yet got into the hustle and bustle of daily life, and it is not yet occupied with tasks, problems or work.
2. It is quiet in the morning
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The early hours of the day are usually quieter. There are fewer cars on the street and fewer people out, and therefore, there are fewer noises to distract the attention.
3. There are more positive energies in the morning
There are usually more positive energies in the morning, in the atmosphere around you and in you. This makes it easier to quiet the mind.
4. The air is cleaner
The air is cleaner and fresher in the morning, before it becomes polluted with smoke, soot and with negative thoughts. This is important if you choose to meditate outside.
5. There are fewer disturbances in the morning
Meditation, at least at the beginning, requires silence, and as few disturbances and distractions as possible.
Early in the morning, before your family wakes up is a good time for meditation, because you can be alone and undisturbed.
6. You start the day with a calm state of mind
Meditating in the morning gives you calmness and peace, which you will carry with you during the day, at least in the first few hours of the day. You will also have a pleasant feeling for the rest of the day, knowing that you have already done today something good for yourself.
If you intent to practice meditation just for relaxing, practicing it in the evening would be highly beneficial.
Mediation is relaxing. It takes out the stress from your mind and body, and as such, is great to practice in the evening, to relieve you of the stress and tension of the day.
However, if you wish to pacify your mind, improve your focus and use meditation to expand awareness and reach a higher level of awareness and consciousness, the evening time might not as suitable as the morning.
After work, the mind and the body are tired, and you might find it difficult to focus and free the mind from thoughts. However, if you do not find any other suitable and free time, the evening would be most suitable for you.
Meditation at Night before Going to Bed
Meditating at night, just before going to bed, or after entering your bed, could a good idea, if you also meditate once more during the day.
This time, is not recommended as the primary time for meditation, since you will probably be tired and fall asleep. Meditation requires wakefulness, alertness and focus, and at night, before falling asleep these might be missing.
However, this could improve your sleep and you will wake up in the morning calmer and more refreshed.
Remember what I wrote at the beginning of this article. Any time is good for meditation, day or night, morning, noon, or evening.
If you are serious about meditation, do not wait for the appropriate and perfect time and conditions. Start meditating whenever you can.