The most common questions regarding meditation usually are: HOW and WHEN. The question HOW I’ve already answered here, so today we’re going to have a look at WHEN is the best time to meditate.
There are a lot of answers to that single question (you couldn’t possibly think it’s going to be that easy, right?). Some say it’s best in the morning, some at noon and others in the evening. For me, every time of the day has its own magic.
You have just woken up, there’s still a sense of calmness around you. You make a cup of a hot tea, sit on your meditation pillow and start your meditation. It definitely can be pretty magical, IF you wake up before 9AM, preferably even before 8AM, because otherwise you’ll probably not enjoy much of calmness. You phone will be ringing with e-mails and messages instead and suddenly you’ll think about what work you have scheduled rather than turning to yourself. Therefore, if you’re a morning person, then definitely make use of it for you meditation practice, there’s nothing more beautiful than to start your morning with this pleasant ritual.
Definitely not for everyone. But if you work from home, or you’re a stay at home mom, it might be a good option for you. You’re going to be able to release all of the morning stress and you’ll gain energy and strength necessary to face the rest of the day’s issues and problems.
Evening meditation, same as the morning one, has unusual magic surrounding it. There’s dark outside, you can light candles and make use of nice relaxing aromatherapy oils in the ends. You let go off any concerns that might have built up during the day and get ready for a long nurturing sleep.
There’s one thing others (and me) agree on and that is: Create a ritual. If you decide to meditate in the morning, try and stick to it every day. Make it a vital part of your day. And yes, even if you’re not in the mood. Because to be honest, that’s probably the time you need it most.
It doesn’t mean though that you need to have a fixed time of the day to meditate, be it morning, noon or evening. If you have a regular home yoga practice, you can also decide to meditate before or after your yoga practice. I personally meditate most often AFTER my yoga practice and my yoga practice time changes. It depends on the day.
Meditation before yoga prepares you amazingly for the yoga practice itself. You bring your attention inwards and as a result you will feel more at ease when flowing through your practice.
After yoga practice, your body is relaxed and mind doesn’t wander as much as before. For me personally, this option is the best and I also think it is the easiest of them all (great for beginners).
It doesn’t matter so much WHEN you decide to meditate rather than creating a ritual that fits your needs and to meditate regularly. The same way you schedule appointments with your friends, don’t forget to schedule one with yourself.
Note: I’m wearing body by Laene Scandinavia in the top picture.2