In this post I’m going to give you a practical answer to one of the most common meditation questions: When is the best time to meditate?
I’ll also share my best tips to find time for meditation, even if your life is busy.
Without further ado, let’s dive in.
When Is the Best Time to Meditate?
The best time of day to meditate is whatever time works best for you. The most important thing is that you actually get it done, not at what time you get it done.
As with anything in life, the time will never be ideal. There will always be something that makes it imperfect. For example, it could be an annoying sound, a hectic day at work, or a racing mind.
However, don’t let the imperfections of life prevent you from practicing.
(It turns out, life is rarely perfect anyway.)
Moreover, you can use the imperfections of life to your advantage. In fact:
- An annoying sound could be the object of attention for your meditation session. (Finding a quiet space is helpful, but it’s not necessary.)
- After a hectic day at work, it’s nice to spend a few minutes in stillness while being mindful of your breath.
- A meditation session can calm your racing mind and improve the experience of stress.
There’s no single best meditation time for everyone. I encourage you to experiment to find out what works for you.
Here are some examples for inspiration…
Some Great Times of Day for Meditation Practice
Many seasoned practitioners consider early mornings a good time for meditation practice. Morning meditation is a nice way to center yourself before you dive into the tasks of the day.
Another benefit of morning meditation is that it makes meditation a top priority. It’s too easy to say "I’ll do it later" and forget about it. By starting your day with a meditation session, it will actually get done.
Additionally, a few minutes of evening meditation can help you calm your mind down for better sleep.
Other times for meditation that many people prefer are:
- during the lunch break,
- in the afternoon, and
- at multiple times during the day (so-called mini-meditations).
Tips to Find Time for Meditation
Sometimes, our lives can be busy. We’re drowning in tasks, trying to stay at the top of our todo lists, stressing both at work and at home.
During these times, it can feel challenging to squeeze meditation into a busy day. Having a daily meditation practice makes it easier to commit to it on days when you don’t feel like it.
If you struggle to meditate daily, remember that you can practice anywhere and anytime. Here are some tips for finding time for a daily practice:
- Take one minute to be mindful of your breathing. No matter how busy you are, you have one minute available for meditation every day. Once you get into the habit, increase to two minutes, three minutes, and so on…
- Practice where you are. You can practice meditation on the bus, in the office, or when waiting in line. Practice where you are right now by bringing your attention to the present moment.
- Make time for it. Sometimes you have to make time to find time. Set aside time when you are going to practice, write it down in your schedule, and stick to it.
- Enjoy the benefits. One powerful way to stay motivated is to think about the benefits of doing something. I encourage you to visualize the benefits of meditation since it can be a huge motivational factor. This is how I do it: When I want to stay in bed instead of meditating, I think about how I’ll feel after the session. I visualize that I’ll feel fresh and easy-minded, ready to conquer anything during the day.