Best Time to Practice Meditation
By Anmol Mehta
We are all now well aware of the enormous benefits that meditation bestows and one of the most important gifts you can give yourself is the gift of a deep, personal, daily meditation practice. There are many useful tips and tools that will help you achieve this goal and in this article I would like to provide you one such key piece of guidance. It is the answer to the question, "What time of day is best for meditation?".
The best time of day to meditate is early in the morning. This time provides numerous important benefits and below is a list of the top 5 reason to meditate during these hours.
1. Mind is Most Quiet:
Meditation is an opportunity to quiet the restless mind and experience the vast, peaceful silence that exists deep within us. This state is difficult to encounter once the day is in full flow and the mind is busy with all the hustle and bustle of daily life. In the early morning, the mind is not yet occupied with day to day problems and thus, is more readily silenced.
2. Greatest Amount of Prana:
The air is fresh. We all feel this freshness when we head outside during the early morning hours, but from a yogic point of view the air during the early morning hours has the greatest amount of prana.
Prana is the life force that is responsible for not just our life and is also the subtle energy which promotes in us health and vitality. Meditating in the early hours gives us access to this vital energy source and allows the body and mind to benefit from this precious gift.
3. Least Chance for Disruption:
The key to a successful meditation program is, without a doubt, consistency. It is the most difficult aspect of a personal program to establish and without it, the vast benefits of meditation simply cannot be enjoyed. Meditating early in the morning reduces the chance of disruptions to your daily practice, and disruptions are the number factor in preventing consistency from being established.
The first few activities in a day can be predicted much more readily than the rest of the day. Thus, setting up a time to meditate before the random events of the day throw a monkey wrench in your plans is a wise move indeed.
4. Sun's Rays are Most Beneficial:
According to yoga, the rays of the sun at dawn create an environment which is most conducive for self-study and introspection. Meditation comes naturally at this time and is simply more effective than meditation done later in the day. So take advantage of the environment that nature is creating for you and plan your meditation for this period.
5. Creates a Meditative State of Mind for the Entire Day:
By meditating in the early morning hour you inspire yourself to remain in a meditative and mindful state of mind thought the day. Starting out the day in this manner serves as an important and precious reminder of your spiritual nature and this reminder then helps you go through the day in a spiritual manner.
So there you have it. If you are interested in enjoying the great many benefits that meditation practice brings, then get started with establishing your own daily practice and to help such a practice become strong and deep, pick the glorious early morning hours as your time to meditate.