When is the best time to meditate?
The whole purpose of meditation is to get yourself aligned with the natural forces and have a better, calmer lifestyle. Though the most auspicious time to meditate is at dawn, you can meditate pretty much at any part of the day. The major concern is not to get disturbed while you are meditating. Hence, it’s better to start when you are free and don’t have any work or responsibility hovering over your head.
It is suggested that meditating at the same time daily and maintaining a routine is fruitful in order to acquire balance in life. Even if you can spare 15 minutes daily to sit down and meditate, it will improve your mindset and stress levels. In fact, many experts suggest that you start with a mini-meditation routine of 5-minutes daily and you will feel the change. You can then expand this to 5-minutes twice or even thrice a day or meditate for hours, whatever works for you.
There is no best time because everyone leads a different life but here are a few generic periods in a day that works for most.
- Before you start your day: Undoubtedly, morning is the best time to meditate as you are embarking on a new day and the world hasn’t crept into your mind yet. Also, meditating on an empty stomach helps concentrate better. It improves your routine; mindfulness and nothing better to kick start a day with a fresh mind.
- At a moment of stress: The idea of thriving under stress is not the ideal one and hence it’s better to tackle problems with calmness instead. So, just close your eyes and concentrate for 5-minutes for a better understanding and perspective.
- Once you are done with your day: It is suggested to meditate when there is no pressure or urgency on your mind to do something or get somewhere. So, once you’re done with your day sit for 5-10 minutes to relax and meditate.
- Before you go to bed: Night is a good time to meditate, as there is less noise. Also, it soothes your mind and hence helps you sleep better.
It is all about finding the most convenient time for you to make meditation, a routine. Choose your own path and keep going because there is no substitute for a healthy lifestyle and a calm mind.
Shivani Mehra is a budding author and a hopeless poet, a learning enthusiast and a dreamer who believes her dreams come true through writing.