When to Practice Meditation

 
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The best time for meditation is early morning. we should take advantage of natural condition and begin the practice. Now start praying, mentally repeat: LET ALL BEINGS BE HAPPY, LET ALL BEINGS BE PEACEFUL, LET ALL BEINGS BE BLISSFUL.
— Vivekananda

Vivekananda

Mornings - Dawn

Wake up in the morning and sit on your bed and meditate.

Or

Close the door to your sacred space, bedroom or let others know that you do not wish to be disturbed and practice meditation.

Or

  • Wake up

  • Set your intention

  • Take a cold shower

  • Clean you mouth and air passageways

  • Sit in a place where you will not be disturbed

  • Begin with a prayer, invocation or Om three times

  • Pranayama

  • Meditation practice

  • Pranayama - awakening

  • Kriya

  • Asana - begin with Sun Salutations

  • Savasana - end with Savasana


The conjunction of day and night is the most auspicious time.
— Sarada Devi - Holy Mother

Evenings - Dusk

Close the door to your sacred space, bedroom or let others know that you do not wish to be disturbed.

Sit and begin your meditation practice.

Or

  • Shower off your day

  • Let others know that you do not wish to be disturbed

  • Begin with some slow asana, maybe moon salutations and hip openers

  • Pranayama - cooling or metaphysical subtle body tracing

  • Prayer, invocation or Om three times

  • Meditation practice


Don’t force your mind to meditate. Let your mind go wherever it goes. You should try to see your Gurudev wherever your mind runs. Try to see Gurudev in every thought. Then after a long period, your mind will automatically turn towards meditation. No need to force. Everything will happen automatically by the grace of Shree Gurudev.
— Paramahansa Manishanandaji

Anytime or Throughout the Day

Let people know that you do not wish to be disturbed.

(Not after a heavy meal.)

Begin with an prayer, invocation or *Om three times

Pranayama

Meditation Practice


Om is the greatest, meaning the Absolute.
— Vivekananda

Why ‘Om’ three times?

  • To the Supreme Being - Atman - One Absolute

  • To the Guruji - Lotus feet of the Guru

  • To the Jivatman or individualised soul.