Truthfully, there is no wrong time to meditate as long as you make sure to be consistent. Always, the best time to meditate is when you are meditating. You cannot enjoy the benefits of the practice if you are not doing the practice.
When it comes to meditating, there are a lot of questions that beginners and regular practitioners have. One of the most common questions is when the best time of day to meditate is. This is an important question because the time of day you choose to meditate can influence how well you meditate and the benefits you receive from the practice.
In this article, I explore this question. I will share information about the different times of day people meditate and why each of them is beneficial. I’ll also give you some tips on how to find the best time for you to meditate.
Meditating in the morning
Many people believe meditating in the morning is the best time to do it. There are many benefits you can experience from doing the practice at this time. One is that it can help you start your day with a clear mind and focus. You can use your morning meditation to set clear goals for what you want to accomplish throughout the day or to set a clear intention on how you want to show up.
Meditating in the morning can also help you become more mindful throughout the day of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. It can help set the tone for the rest of your day and increase your productivity.
However, there are also some challenges associated with morning meditation. For some, it can be hard to get up early enough to meditate before needing to be at work. For others, the need to prepare kids for school might get in the way. Others might simply prefer to sleep in.
If this is the case for you, try meditating at another time during the day.
Meditating in the afternoon
Not to be outdone, meditating in the afternoon offers its own set of benefits that make it an ideal time for many. It allows you to take a short break from your work to center yourself. Afternoon meditation also gives you an energy boost to keep your alertness high during the second half of your day. This is great for productivity.
Additionally, meditating in the afternoon helps your body digest your food better. This is because when you meditate, you take deep breaths, which helps your digestive system function more effectively.
There are also challenges associated with meditating in the afternoon. For one, finding the time to do it. You may be very busy with work and other activities, making it harder to meditate. Another challenge is finding a good location to meditate. A quiet, peaceful place is ideal, but not always easy to find or accessible while at work.
If you cannot mediate in the afternoon, try meditating at another time during the day.
Meditating in the evening
Meditating in the evening is another popular time for many people and for good reason. It offers several benefits. For one, you may be able to meditate with a group of like-minded people. This is because most people are off work and able to join group sessions locally or virtually.
Second, it allows you to reflect on the day and all that has happened. You can reflect on what went well, what didn’t go so well, what you can do differently tomorrow, and what you learned about yourself. It is an excellent time to process events that may have been challenging or emotional.
Third, meditating in the evening before bed allows you to unwind and relax. This can help you sleep better, have amazing dreams, and wake up feeling more rested in the morning.
A common challenge with meditating in the evening is that you may be too tired after a long day to do the practice. Alternatively, you may find it difficult to stay awake and alert during your practice and end up falling asleep. Family responsibilities also pose a challenge, including getting kids ready for bed or helping them with their homework.
So, When is the best time to meditate?
Meditating in the morning, afternoon, or evening all have their own unique benefits and challenges. Truthfully, there is no wrong time to meditate as long as you make sure to be consistent. Always, the best time to meditate is when you are meditating. You cannot enjoy the benefits of the practice if you are not doing the practice.
Tips to find the best time to meditate for yourself
The best time of day to meditate is different for everyone. Your schedule, energy levels during the day, lifestyle, food, stress level, and goals all affect it. Below are 4 tips to help you find the best time to meditate for yourself.
- Experiment with different times until you find the time that works best for you.
- Keep a journal to track your progress and see how different times of day affect your meditation practice.
- Be flexible and be prepared to adapt your schedule as needed. Remember, it is better to meditate than not to meditate at all.
- Join a group to help you feel more accountable about meditating regularly.
- Work with a meditation coach to create a routine that works for you.
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Enjoy the video below in which I discuss the best time of day to meditate.