time of day for meditation

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time for meditation

morning
5
19%
mid day
1
4%
evening
5
19%
both morning and evening
7
27%
whenever I can!
8
31%
 
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time of day for meditation

Postby jcsuperstar » Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:41 pm

what time of day do you meditate?
is this just for lack of another time or have you found this specific time more helpful in your meditation.
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Re: time of day for meditation

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:42 pm

My preference if on retreat is the pre-lunch session.

In daily practice, lunchtime is the best time... during my lunch break.

(So in the poll I picked mid-day)

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Re: time of day for meditation

Postby bodom » Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:29 pm

I voted morning. I sit for an hour everyday before work because I have my daughter all day after I get off while my wife works. Plus I find mindfulness easier to carry over into my daily life after morning sessions.

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Re: time of day for meditation

Postby Sekha » Mon Jun 21, 2010 4:45 pm

I may meditate any time in the day, except immediately after meals.

But my favourite times are early in the morning - because then most of the time everybody is sleeping and I feel like the world is mine because I (often) can't get disturbed by the noise outside - and after the breakfast because then my concentration is very powerful.
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Re: time of day for meditation

Postby Refugee » Mon Jun 21, 2010 5:17 pm

I prefer to meditate in the mornings because that is when I can concentrate best. I am retired, so I take my breakfast and wait for my children to go off to work before I sit. :smile:
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Re: time of day for meditation

Postby Kenshou » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:18 pm

Huh, lotta morning people here.

I am definitely a night meditator. I am very much not a morning person, my mind takes some time to get going, and until it does meditation becomes wandering in thought half, or more, asleep. The night is quieter and cooler anyway, it's easier to concentrate and be productive. Daytime is okay too, but night is the best.

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Re: time of day for meditation

Postby Hoo » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:36 pm

I try to do both morning and evening most of the time, so that's what I marked. At times, I focus more on never leaving mindfulness throughout the day but it's still a work in progress :)

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Re: time of day for meditation

Postby Tex » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:46 pm

I sit every single morning, so that's what I voted for. When I'm able, I'll meditate a second time in the afternoon or evening, usually on the weekends, but morning meditations are built into the daily routine and never skipped.
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Re: time of day for meditation

Postby EricJ » Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:43 pm

Lately, I sit three sessions: one in the morning after I wake and brush my teeth, one in the mid to late afternoon, and one in the evening or late at night. Sometimes, I throw in an extra session or two in the afternoon and evening. I find that the afternoon approaching dusk is the time that is most conducive to meditation for me. In general, I have an affinity for that time of day because everything seems more calm and the light is very nice and conducive to concentration. :)


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Re: time of day for meditation

Postby rowyourboat » Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:51 am

Mostly mindfulness of the mind and some dhamanupassana on the train as this is the only time I have and I have a 1.5 hour commute. I used to be good in the evenings. Never good on a morning- too much sleepiness and my mind doesnt seem to settle for some reason. I wonder if my 'time' has changed over the years though.
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Re: time of day for meditation

Postby Ben » Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:05 am

One hour in the morning (pre-dawn) and in the evening(usually after 9PM) for another hour.
Its difficult to maintain the commitment but very worthwhile.
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Re: time of day for meditation

Postby EricJ » Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:21 pm

rowyourboat wrote:Never good on a morning- too much sleepiness and my mind doesnt seem to settle for some reason.
I feel precisely the same way in the mornings. I've become less sleepy whenever I meditate, but I still find it hard to concentrate my mind single-pointedly. Nevertheless, meditating in the morning sets off the day for me, commits me to my meditation routine for the day; and any time on the cushion is worthwhile.


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Re: time of day for meditation

Postby Mukunda » Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:46 am

Most days I do two meditation sessions. In the morning I do metta, and in the evening mindfulness of the breath. Mornings can be a bit more of a challenge, as my partner and pets (including parrots) may be up and active, but most evenings it's pretty quiet.

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Re: time of day for meditation

Postby Reductor » Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:30 am

I've always had an easier time with evening, but then tried switching to the morning as it seemed more flexible and quieter. It is not working out. So I think 10pm until bed at 11:30 or midnight is going to be my sitting time, while I will still do a half hour walking in the morning. I'll see if that works for me or not.
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