Eating Before Meditation


Can I do Hong-Sau meditation on a full stomach, e.g after dinner, or after lunch, or after breakfast?

—Priya Murali, India


Hello Priya,

It is best if you do not meditate on a full stomach because right after eating all our energy needs to go to the digestive process. Have you noticed how we can become sleepy after eating? In meditation we are trying to raise our energy up to the spiritual eye (the point between the eyebrows) and concentrate it there. We are very alert and aware as well as deeply relaxed. So ideally it is best to meditate before a meal or at least three hours after a large meal. A small amount of food probably will not have much impact on your meditation. But the most important aspect is to have a DAILY practice of meditation. If the only way you will get meditation in today is to meditate after a meal then go ahead and meditate. Keep up your good meditation habit.

Many blessings,
Nayaswami Mukti