Best Time To Meditate

Best Time of Day to Meditate


Figuring out your best time to meditate is one of the most important things you can do when creating a successful meditation practice.

    


I see you! You’re beginning your meditation journey and you want to learn how to meditate in the best way possible. But you’re kind of stuck because there are so many different options on so many different things, including the time of day to meditate.


Let me just tell you, you’re killing it already!! The fact that you’re out here searching for these tidbits are going to make you better--and push you towards success! I’m excited for you.



As you may or may not already know, meditation is a practice for the mind and the body that develops calmness, relaxation, and coping skills (study). It has numerous spiritual benefits as well.


Stats: Only 8% of the US population meditates. This means you’re part of a special sect of people. You understand that the power is within you to create change. Git it girl!  


According to current research, meditation can reduce the effects of mental disorders, physical ailments such as high blood pressure, and can even help a person to quit smoking. Developing a consistent successful meditation practice is beneficial on many levels.


But, developing that practice is contingent on a few factors--meditating at the best time of day is one of them.


So when should you meditate?


Honestly, (something that may surprise you) there is no one time that is best suited for all.


Just as not everyone works out at the same time of day every day, or eats at the same time-- people don’t have to meditate at the same time of day either.


The best time to meditate is all about you, and your schedule.


So how does one pick out a time to meditate?


This can be done by looking at a couple of things.


How To Pick The Best Time of Day To Meditate



1. First, examine your normal cycles of mind chatter throughout the day.


Generally, the practice of meditation is sitting down and putting your mind and your body to a point of togetherness. Where you’re focused on something and this focus creates the ability to let go of everything outside of your focus.


One thing’s for sure, you’ve got a lot of shit on your mind. From studies, to work, to parenting--I mean your day doesn’t stop, and neither does your thoughts.


But you understand that reigning those thoughts in, sets the base for empowerment. *FEMALE POWER GO!* Regardless of why you’ve decided to begin this journey.


When is your mind the quietest? Take this into account.


You don’t want to begin meditating at a point where thought overload is a factor. For you this may be at the end of the day, or in the middle of a stressful job.

Later on you’re really going to benefit from practicing here in these times, but in the beginning, nurture the quieter moments.

No, your thoughts don’t turn off, but we normally have different times of day that are worse than others. Consider that when you’re figuring out your time.


You can journal your thought cycles throughout the day and then examine them to pick a time.  




Another example--with anxiety. When you sit to meditate, you’re letting go of anxious feelings and thoughts, that come in. In time, you learn this new habit, which allows you to heal.




Now, as an anxious person, you probably wouldn’t choose a time to meditate that is normally stressful or full of overwhelm. You want to learn how to meditate, so you should practice when you’re most calm in the day. This supports you in creating a successful daily practice.


In this case, you would take note of when you’re most calm during the day and fit it in there.


This would apply to anyone meditating to realize the effects of a peaceful existence. So if you have depression or any other mental disorder that you’re on your way to overcoming, choosing the time of day when you’re most likely to not experience these feelings would be optimal.

Perhaps that time is in the morning before you begin your day, then schedule it in there. Or maybe it’s at night when you’re unwinding. It’s really up to you and your body.


If you’re meditating for self-empowerment or spiritual reasons, you don’t have to get so deep in thinking about it, and can simply meditate during any time of day. Choose what feels right, while keeping the second step in mind.


2. Second, you should take a look at the consistent blocks of time during the day where you’re able to fit it in. Fitting that time in consistently on a regular basis will help to nurture your practice. So pick a time that is consistently open for you during the day.




If you know you that 7:00 every day is open for you, then choose that time.


Creating success is all about building new habits. Maintaining a consistent time of meditation during your day will form a repetitive action that leads to feeling like its missing if you don’t meditate at that time.



It really helps you to succeed because it’s like an natural internal coach rooting you on saying, “Hey. You’re supposed to be meditating right now.” As a result you’re more likely to go take your seat. This is great for your practice. So choose a consistent time during the day and stick to it!


I hope this has helped!










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