Mindfulness cannot be forced. So, if you’re wondering about the best time to meditate, the short answer is that you can do it anytime during the day. Find the time that works best for you. The benefits remain the same, so think about it – where will meditation fit in your schedule?
You can choose from some common times for meditation.
If you’re a morning person, who wants to add moments of mindfulness before you begin with the buzz of the day, then morning meditation is the best. You can do it first thing after waking up, on the bed, or after freshening up. You are much more likely to adopt the habit of meditation if you do it in the morning since it might get difficult to find time once the day starts. Slowly, meditation will become an integral part of your day, and you shall experience the benefits. As it states in the Bhagavad Gita – when meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a candle in a windless place.
By this time, you will be done with some of your immediate work. If your mornings are busy, then noon meditation is perfect to create that bubble of bliss between your packed day. With the urgent work out of your hair, you can now slow down without worrying, and steal your moments of mindfulness.
The ‘afternoon slump’ as we call it, is the time we usually feel tired or fatigued. Although this is naturally caused due to the body’s circadian rhythm, (sleep-wake cycle) it is proven that meditating during this time can improve your brain functioning and energy levels. Take some time out to meditate and you’ll be more focused, alert, and awake for the rest of the day.
If you like winding up the day’s work and then sit to meditate with a free mind, then you’ll love meditating in the evening. As says Ramana Maharshi, an Indian Hindu sage, “When there are thoughts, it is distraction: when there are no thoughts, it is meditation.” It’s a good time to pause and reflect and unwind from the day’s stress. Plus, it’s a great way to transition from a hectic day towards a calmer, quieter evening. You know you’re done for the day, there is no noise at the back of your mind, it’s just you and your peace.
As kids, we all loved drifting away listening to the soft and gentle lullabies our parents sang for us. In the grown-up world, meditation will have the same effect. It signals the body to let go of stress, glide into a relaxation mode, and welcome a sound sleep.
So, when would you like to meditate?