When Is the Best Time to Meditate?

Question

What is the best time to meditate?

—Abhijit, India

Answer

Dear Abhijit,

Yogananda recommends meditating twice a day. Most important is the regularity of our meditation — daily if possible. The length of our meditation increases as we go deeper into our practice, so 10-15 minutes length is a good for a beginner.

The best time to meditate is when we can do it regularly! There are times of day that are better than others. Meditating when we first get up before becoming involved in daily activities is good. Also that time coincides for many people with sunrise which is a still point of energy in the 24-hour cycle of the day and supports going deeper. There are other still points at noon, sunset and midnight.

It really helps if you are not meditating on a full stomach which tends to encourage sleepiness during meditation. It is best to wait for an hour or more after a meal. But if you have no other time to meditate, doing meditation under less than ideal circumstances is much better than skipping meditation. Other good times to meditate are before your midday meal, late afternoon/early evening, before your evening meal, and before bed, as long as you are not too sleepy to meditate at that time.

Many blessings on your meditation practice. Would you like to learn more about meditation as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda? There are a number of ways to learn at our Ananda India site here. I recommend the “Learn to Meditate” and “Deepen Your Meditation” programs.

Many blessings,
Nayaswami Mukti