If you’re looking for a way to find peace, tranquillity and relaxation, meditation is an excellent option. It allows your mind to become still and free of distractions so that you can focus on yourself. But when should you meditate? Is there a best time or day? This article will give some insight into how the timing of meditation affects its effectiveness.
The first thing you should know is that there are many different types of meditation. For example, transcendental meditation involves the practice of repeating a mantra while sitting in silence for 20 minutes twice per day. This type of mediation helps people develop greater self awareness and relaxation skills by concentrating on mantras. Transcendental meditation may work best for those who are looking to develop their emotional intelligence.
In contrast, mindfulness is the practice of focusing on one’s breath and being aware of anything that arises in your present moment experience–including thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. This type of mediation might be better suited for someone who wants to increase their focus or attention spans because it requires more concentration than transcendental meditation does.
Another option is Vipassana — a Buddhist style of contemplation with roots in ancient India. The goal of this form is self liberation through insight into the true nature our life experiences and how they arise from causes outside oneself (such as ignorance).
There are many different styles you can choose from when it comes to the best time to meditate. The important thing is that you find what works for you and then commit to it.
Whatever meditation style or technique you choose, there are some common factors in all forms of mindfulness:
Concentration (observing your thoughts).
- Meditation with silence (being mindful of one’s present moment experiences without judgment).
- Compassionate awareness.
Choosing a time to meditate
Incorporate a regular routine. Have your favorite meditation CD or app ready to go, light some incense (or an aromatherapy candle), and set up any other elements you like: crystals on the altar; candles around your mat. If this is for work, it might be lighting certain scented candles as soon as people start coming into the office so that they’re already smelling them when they walk by.
In order of importance, focus should always come first, followed by attention then concentration respectively.
Acknowledge and detach from distractions: If you are distracted, try not to judge yourself for it but acknowledge that it has happened. Detach completely from the distraction by telling yourself “I am aware of this now.” As soon as possible have a focus on what is intended in order to prevent any further interruptions.
Be realistic or practical when setting goals so they can actually be achieved–don’t set unrealistic expectations because then there’s no chance of achieving them (e.g., meditating for five hours every day). It might also help if you define a specific time frame over which these more ambitious goals will take place; e.g., completing 100 days of practice with at least one hour of meditation a day.
Find the best time for your schedule: Your meditation may not be as productive if you can’t find the right time to do it.
What time of day do I need to meditate
The best times for most people are early morning or late evening, but an individual’s optimal “meditation window” differs based on their natural circadian rhythm. For example, if someone naturally wakes up before sunrise then meditation would likely be better performed at this time than later in the day because they will already have been awake for some hours without a break from daylight (i.e., artificial light).
If someone has a more active lifestyle during the daytime then it might make sense for them to perform mediation either following lunchtime or first thing upon arriving home after work; lessening distractions by bringing electronic devices to a power-saving screen lock is recommended.
All of these times are based on the assumption that someone has had a good night’s sleep: if they did not get enough rest then their body may be more likely to need “catch up” time, and it can take more than 24 hours for some people to reach an optimal circadian rhythm following lack of sleep.
For those with work obligations outside typical business hours or who require shift work in order to provide caregiving responsibilities, meditation best done at scheduled breaks throughout the day rather than just once per day – either after lunchtime or before going home from work; this will also help avoid feeling rushed during the downtime between shifts.
For those whose long-term goal is spiritual enlightenment and who want to make meditation a regular part of their daily schedule, the best time is generally early in the morning (between three and six am).
Many people find that it’s too hard to meditate first thing in the morning. For this group – those whose jobs or personal responsibilities require them to be productive during daytime hours – evening can be best because they have had enough sleep for one day by then and are more likely to feel refreshed after dinner than if they were trying earlier. Others may choose midday as the most appropriate window for getting into meditation mode: there might not be any external distractions at lunchtime so an individual has plenty of opportunity for reflection without interruption from others around them.
Some people might find that the best time for them to meditate is when they are most stressed out, because meditation can help relieve some of their anxiety and frustrations. For these individuals, it’s important not only to make sure they have enough time in between activities but also not too much free space around them so as not to feel tempted by other things vying for their attention.
Some may prefer an environment where there will be no distractions at all – which could mean sitting outside on one’s own porch or backyard during a nice day (if possible), while others might choose somewhere more populated with many different kinds of scenery like next to a windmill and lots of trees if such locations exist nearby.
Try out different things and keep what works best–it’s all about finding something that feels natural to you!