Sleep is the best meditation
Best Time Of Day To Meditate
The best time of day to meditate is whenever you feel most calm. This is the best time because when you are not worried about other things and are completely calm you don’t have as many rancid thoughts going through your head. Most of meditation is controlling that voice in your head and getting it to quiet down. If your calm and don’t have many thoughts going around you can find your peace much quicker and connect with your true self. Ultimately, it is left up to you but generally the best times for meditation is the morning, in the afternoon or when you’re stressed.
It is very common for people to meditate first thing in the morning. In fact, traditional meditators would wake before sunrise and do their first meditation facing the rising sun in the East. This gives the person a nice sensation of warm light as you meditate and makes you feel alive! But if you don’t want to meditate outside because it’s too cold or you don’t want people to look at you funny there are many other benefits of meditating in the morning (inside).
In the morning your mind is fresh and is the calmest. The stress of the day hasn’t crowded your mind yet. This allows you to really focus on your inner self and work on finding that inner calmness within yourself. In addition, meditating first thing in the morning is a great start to your day! You will feel much calmer and you won’t have to stop what you’re doing in the middle of your busy day and worry about it.
Although the morning is a great time sometimes it just doesn’t work for people. Some people aren’t morning people and fall asleep. Maybe you have pets and kids that constantly bother you. Or maybe you already have a morning routine that you don’t want to change. Whatever the reason another time you can meditate is in the afternoon.
Often this is done after work and can act as a break during your day. It will create a nice transition from your work to your regular life by removing a lot of the stress from work – you will feel like you’re starting a new day! Some of us leave work but we never stop thinking about it – so we never really leave work. If you’re somebody who constantly thinks about work when you’re at home it can be a good idea to meditate straight after work. This will clear your mind so you can start the second half of your day. This is time spent with friends and family or doing your favorite hobbies without half you’re consciousness still in work mode.
When You’re Stressed
This might seem counter-intuitive because before I mentioned the best time you can meditate is when your calm. Meditating when your calm can indeed help you connect with your true self but meditation also reduces stress when you need to. So if you feel like you need to blow off some steam or have a lot of things to do, it might be a good idea to just sit and meditate. It’s often the thought that you have so much to do rather than actually having so much to do that causes stress.
In addition, if you can keep this habit up you will slowly train your mind to deal with stress. You will be a much calmer person. Think of it as playing meditation on hard mode when you’re worried about all of these things. If you then meditate when your mind is calm it will be significantly easier to control your thoughts in that situation.
Again, you can meditate whenever works for you. The best thing to do is to pick a time slot and meditate at the same time every day when you first start. That way you build a habit of daily meditation. You can pick one of the times I mentioned or all of the times I mentioned. I recommend meditating at least 20 minutes a day. You can start at around 5 minutes a day and still reap benefits but I would work up to 20 minutes a day. If you really have trouble meditating I created an article about Tips on How to Meditate.
Have a great day!
When do you meditate? What is the best time for you? I’d love to hear more ideas in the comments below.