There is no scientific study present to tell the exact time to meditate. But this can be answered from the experiences of the people who have been practicing meditation for nearly two decades now.
Practice meditation when you are relaxed and alert, as you will benefit the most at that time. It means you should not practice it right after meals, physical activity, or when you are sleepy.
If you are a beginner, try to develop a daily habit to do meditation.
So what is the best time to meditate?
The answer to this is the time that fits your routine, and you can do it consistently.
Let us discuss the advantages and disadvantages of meditating at different times of the day.
Most of the practitioners recommend doing meditation after a bath and before breakfast early in the morning.
- It is easy to practice meditation in the morning, as you are full of energy at this time.
- It relaxes your mind, body, and soul, thereby creating a shield against the stress that you face throughout the day.
- It improves your mood for the rest of the day.
- You feel more emotionally stable.
- Your focus and alertness increase and, you can carry out daily tasks with accuracy.
- You are least distracted at this time of the day.
- The environment around you is also less noisy.
- You have to wake up earlier than your usual wake up time.
- Sometimes you may feel sleepy, and it becomes difficult to concentrate.
If you are a busy professional, then meditating during noon before lunch can be a great option.
- Take away the stress of getting up early in the morning.
- During noon you are completely awake and alert but not tired and can therefore do meditation easily.
- You get a natural mid-day break.
- It relieves stress, and you feel fresh to face the challenges of the remaining day.
- It is difficult to find a peaceful environment where you can meditate without facing distractions.
- You may feel awkward practicing meditation surrounded by people.
- It is also possible that you do not have a fixed lunchtime every day, depending upon the kind of work you do.
- It is also not possible for you to meditate at a scheduled time daily as you might get interrupted by a phone call or any other task.
If you are not a morning person, then this meditation is best for you. But doing it during the night is quite challenging after a hard day’s work.
- It is a great way to relax and rejuvenate after a long day’s work.
- It helps to recover from the stress of the day.
- It creates a balance between work and personal time.
- There is no time pressure as you have completed your work for the day and can now indulge in various activities.
- It helps you to relax and improves the quality of sleep.
- You may feel tired and sleepy and, therefore, will be less alert while doing meditation.
- It is difficult to be consistent. Sometimes you may get exhausted after a long day’s work or have to participate in family or social events. So, it becomes difficult for you to maintain a daily meditation routine.
If you practice meditation for the sole purpose of better sleep, then it is good to practice it at night.
But, if you meditate for some other purpose, then meditate during the time of the day when you are less tired and more alert.
Benefits of Doing Mini-Meditations
Along with your chosen time for meditation, practice a few mini-meditations throughout the day.
But what are mini-meditations?
These are bite-sized meditation practices that can be done anytime, at any place, and in any position. The eyes can be open or closed, and it lasts for not more than three to five minutes.
These provide instant freshness to your stressed mind and body.
Best Time to Practice Meditation According to Spiritual Books
In most traditions and ancient practices, the perfect time for doing meditation is two hours before the sunrise.
This time is considered auspicious for meditation in Hindu tradition and is known as Brahma muhurta.
The spiritual teachings say that at this time, there is a dominance of purity and calmness in the environment, and energy flows easily through the central channel.
Realistic explanation to practice meditation during Brahma muhurta and Sunset
The first most preferred time to practice meditation for modern yogis is 3 am. And the second one for some ancient practitioners is the sunset around 2 am, a few hours after the sleep.
When your body gets exposed to darkness and sunlight, your pineal gland gets activated. A hormone named melatonin is released in the body that regulates all other hormones in your body.
At night, when there is complete darkness, melatonin production is the maximum. Since it is associated with calmness, you can meditate to relax your subconscious mind.
So, the best time to meditate varies from person to person. For some, it may be an early morning after bath and before breakfast. And for some during the afternoon or at night before meals. You chose the time according to your schedule.
But, chose a time at which you can practice it daily so that it becomes your habit.
Also, make practicing a few mini-meditations during the day part of your habit.
So, what time of the day do you prefer to meditate?
What is the reason behind it?
Share your views in the comments below.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Preeti Shah