Today, let’s talk about what is the best time for you to meditate?
For example, may be you are a morning person, and you think you can focus more on your meditation if you do it the first thing after you wake up.
Or may be your body and mind are more tuned to work at night, and you are more comfortable meditating when the rest of the world sleeps.
So, doesn’t that make you wonder, when exactly should you meditate? Should you do it the first thing in the morning? Or should it be the last thing you do before you go for sleep at night?
It’s a little confusing. Right?
Let me tell you, you are not the only one to have this doubt.
Many students, especially when they are new to meditation, stress too much upon this question.
If that’s you, then my advice to you is simply not to think of it anymore. If you don’t have much experience practicing meditation, then at what time you meditate doesn’t matter as much as you think.
Actually it doesn’t even matter when you move on to the advanced stages of meditation.
Instead of worrying about it, what you should do is try to meditate as many times in a day as you can.
Do it whenever you are free. Do it even if you have only two minutes to spare.
The more often you practice your meditation, the more easy you find it to do.
When I started learning meditation, I often practiced it only at morning. But then I soon found out that once I got back to my regular routine the effect of my meditation started to decline as my day went on.
So while I always felt good at morning after my meditation, all it’s effects were gone by noon.
And that’s when I learned that by limiting myself to meditating only at morning, I was gaining only a small benefit from my practice, while the most part of my day still remained untouched from it’s influence.
And that’s why, I started to meditate more and more often during my day. I tried to meditate whenever I found the chance.
So I practiced my meditation while commuting on a bus, while I was waiting for a friend to show up, and even while I was standing in a queue at a bank.
And this changed everything. Soon, I started to feel the benefits of meditation throughout my day.
I started to become more and more mindful of everything around me.
And I actually became so mindful that I could protect myself from every negative thought, and every negative action from morning to night.
And that’s something I still do every day. From the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep, I try to meditate at every tiny window of opportunity that life gives me.
And I hope that starting today, you try to do the same.
Before I end today’s session, you may want to know if this means you shouldn’t stick to any particular time for meditation at all?
Well, there are a few times when meditating at a fixed time is good for you. For example, if you are trying to form the habit of meditation then yes it does help if you try to meditate at about the same time every day.
But once you form the habit of meditating everyday, I don’t want you to limit your meditation practice only to that time.
If you only meditate at a specific time every day, and let your mind wander for the rest of the day, then you can’t expect to make good progress with your practice. I can tell this from my personal experience.
No matter what anyone tells you, never ever try to limit your practice to a specific time of your day.
If you want to advance in meditation at a faster rate, then the best way to do that is to practice it as often as you can.
And that’s the one thing I want you to take away from this post today.
Thank you for your time. If you have any questions, feel free to write to me. I will try to answer as many of your questions as I can in my future sessions. See you next week.