It’s difficult to build a habit of meditating daily, and experts know that. For this reason, the two most recommended times of meditation are the morning and the night. It’s only natural for people to wonder which one is better: start your day with meditation, or end with it?
Meditating in the morning sets a calm tone for the day ahead, while meditating at night helps you relax and fall asleep quickly. It doesn’t make much difference whether you meditate in the morning or at night; what’s more important is that your entire day should be in line with your meditation.
What do I mean by your entire day being in line with meditation? Keep reading to learn about the relationship between meditation and what you do off the cushion. But first, let’s discuss meditating in the morning and at night so that you can decide the best time for you.
The benefits of meditating first thing in the morning
There are many benefits of meditation, both short-term and long-term. Traditionally, Brahma Muhurta or the Creator’s Hour has been considered the best time for meditative practices. However, you don’t necessarily have to wake up before the sun to enjoy the benefits of meditation; meditating soon after you wake up will do.
Here’s what you can achieve by meditating in the morning:
Start your day with silence
Usually, we tend to reach for our phones as soon as we wake up, bombarding the brain with information. We may not realize it, but this habit makes for a terrible start to the day ahead.
Instead, if we start our day with meditation, it sets a tone of tranquility for the entire day. I’ve found that the feeling of calm and quiet deepens as you continue your daily practice. When that sense of ease stays with you throughout the day, you’re better able to make decisions that only increase it.
For example, instead of losing your temper, you may choose to forgive a coworker for something annoying they did. And who knows, you might even be able to switch your soul-sapping job to something more meaningful.
Meditate better with fewer distractions
In the morning, our minds are calm after the night’s sleep, which is why it’s an excellent time for meditation. We’re able to go deeper into meditation since there are fewer distractions inside the mind. Most of the session will still consist of wandering off and coming back. But it’ll be easier to return and stay longer at the object of meditation.
Also, if you wake up before your neighbors, the atmosphere will be quiet, aiding your meditation. You’ll feel the difference instantly when you meditate in the morning for the first time.
The benefits of meditating at night
The night is as suitable a time for meditation as any. After a day’s work, meditation can be an excellent way to unwind. Here’s what regularly meditating at night helps you do:
Create a peaceful bedtime ritual
It can be a challenge to turn your mind off when you’re anxious or stressed. Meditation can help you create an effective bedtime ritual. It enhances self-awareness and enables you to prepare for the next day. For best results, you should combine night meditation with reflective practices like journaling, reviewing the day, and planning for the next.
Improve your sleep quality
How you sleep is just a reflection of how you’ve spent your entire day. Suppose you’ve been living in a way that contributes to your restlessness and stress. In that case, clearly, you’ll be unable to drift into sleep easily. The never-ending train of thoughts will not let you fall asleep.
Regular meditation can help combat some of that stress. Research shows that meditating before going to bed calms the mind and improves your sleep quality. You can also meditate while lying in bed, which will help you fall asleep more easily. This article will help you practice it while lying down: How to Meditate in Bed: A Complete Guide.
What should you do?
It’s entirely up to you whether you want to meditate in the morning or at night since both have their benefits. Morning meditation helps you start your day on the right foot. You’re also able to meditate better because the mind is calm after waking up from rest. On the other hand, meditating at night improves your sleep quality and helps you create a bedtime ritual.
So you can choose whatever timing suits your schedule the best. In fact, it would be best to meditate twice: once in the morning after waking up and another time just before going to bed.
Whatever you do, it’s essential to stick to your practice and make meditation a daily habit. Meditating every day for six months is way better than doing it for three hours once a month. So make a schedule and practice meditation at around the same time daily.
You can choose any place in your home for meditation, but there are a few things to keep in mind. I recommend reading the article on choosing the best place for meditation to help you pick the right spot.
What about the rest of the day?
Meditating in the morning, at night, or both times is an excellent way to bring mindfulness into your life. However, meditation is not a magic pill that will fix your mental issues regardless of how you’re living your life. It is critical to make sure your entire day is also in line with your meditation practice.
You can’t out-exercise a bad diet, and you can’t out-meditate a bad life.Acharya Prashant
If you’re spending your entire day in a stressful job you hate, it’s of no use to close your eyes for 20 minutes after getting home.
If you keep wasting your time and procrastinate all day, meditation cannot save you from low self-esteem.
If you love eating meat and can’t live without it, meditation cannot reduce your anger and improve your relationships.
We generally believe meditation is over when we get off the cushion. Then it’s time to get on with our “everyday lives.” But the way you spend your day—where you work, what you eat, the job you do—has a massive impact on your meditation practice and overall wellbeing.
I’ve seen many people claiming that meditation doesn’t work for them. And when you look at their lives, they haven’t changed a single part of it. Meditation is meant to give you clarity of mind to make better decisions in your life. It’s meant to ignite that spark within you so that you can pull yourself together and transform your life.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a spiritual seeker or not. If you’re insistent on not changing your life decisions, don’t expect much from meditation.
Both morning and night are excellent times to practice meditation. It affects our minds positively in various ways. Meditating in the morning allows us to start the day on the right foot and go deeper into meditation. And meditating at night helps us unwind and sleep better.
Regardless of what time you meditate, it’s essential to let the serenity of meditation dictate the rest of your time. Suppose you meditate for 30 minutes and spend the rest of your day doing or chasing things that disturb your peace of mind. In that case, you’re just canceling out the serenity brought by meditation.
Unless you want to stay in the recharge-drain-sleep cycle, you better align your day with your meditation practice.