3. Same time, same place for daily meditation.
The time of day you choose to meditate has to work well for you. Even though I’m not generally a morning person, I prefer to sit for meditation as soon as I get up and out of bed. Why? This is the time when your mind, and your home environment is at its quietest.
Your mind hasn’t started to be bombarded with any external stimuli, which means it is the perfect time for self-reflection and the all-important inner enquiry of meditation. When the mind is quiet your ‘inner voice’ starts to come through.
Make meditation a part of your morning routine, instead of reaching for your mobile in the morning, or pressing the snooze button, opt for 5-10 minutes sitting quietly with your breath. It will set you up perfectly for the rest of the day.
Another powerful time to practice meditation is before you go to bed. It will do wonders for your sleep! However, it does take a greater commitment to practise in the evening. It is very easy to get distracted by television, your mobile devise or it’s also a time when you’re more socially active.
Just like fitting it into your morning routine, meditation before bed is really rewarding, especially if you are struggling with a busy mind that keeps you awake at night. I find it a good separation from the day’s external activities, and to begin my wind-down routine before sleep. Meditation in the evening give you a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the day and to prepare my body and mind for sleep.