Meditation has been proven by a lot of studies and researchers to provide a lot of benefits to the health and body. The benefits of meditation are, but not limited to, reduction of stress and anxiety, emotional stability, better focus, aid in memory loss, and help in fighting addiction.
Isn’t meditating difficult?
It’s not! Meditating is one of the simplest practices to relax, promote happiness and calm the mind. It’s something you can do anytime, anywhere, in your most comfortable space and your most relaxed time. Although meditation is mainly used for religious practices, anyone– regardless of their religious affiliation– can use different types of meditations as a psychotherapeutic technique.
So when is the best time to meditate?
Meditation in the Morning
Yes, you can do meditation anytime, but studies have shown certain times of the day where meditation has proven to be more effective and showed more positive results.
It is suggested to meditate hours before sunrise. According to Erin Doppelt, a meditation expert, gurus she studied with recommended meditation around 3 to 6 a.m. Monique Derfus, a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga instructor also said that the best time to practice meditation is during the “ambrosial hours” or 2 and ½ hours before sunrise when the sun is at a 60-degree angle to the earth. During this time, there’s a unique stillness to the earth where our body energy is most supportive of spiritual work.
Early mornings are also the best times to meditate because there are lesser external disturbances at force: no expected phone calls, house duties, workload and no children to disturb your inner peace.
Although it is highly recommended to meditate before sunrise, we know that this is highly impossible for a lot of people considering today’s society where a busy lifestyle is a norm.
Meditation after Work
A lot of people wake up in the morning with a lot of worries, especially about work. Meditating after work when all your worries have subsided is a great way to relieve the stress and tension of the workday.
It is also important to be able to create a distinct line and balance between work and life, and meditating after work helps create that balance.
In this case, meditating any time of the day is okay. You could choose to spare a few minutes right after waking up or around 2 to 3 pm.
Meditation When You’re Stressed
Yes, you can meditate when you’re stressed! Taking a few minutes to meditate when you’re feeling overwhelmed can help you relax and focus and think clearly.
If you think you can’t take out a few minutes to meditate when you’re so busy, that’s exactly why you should. Go out, close your eyes and breathe. When you find a few moments to clear your mind, you’ll find yourself feeling less anxious and be able to think eventually.
Beginners might find it hard to meditate in the morning, or just meditation itself in general, so it is very important to build a set routine for meditation—and stick to it— to fully envelop the benefits of meditation.
Find a peaceful space, make sure your posture is correct. If you think you’re not doing it right at first, don’t worry! Take it slow. If you continuously stick to your routine, you’ll eventually get better at managing your feelings.
Building a routine around your meditation sessions will help you focus better, which is why it is important to choose the best time to meditate and do it at the same time every day. This way, you can make meditation a habit, especially when you do it during early mornings.