Whatever you may have to do, watch your mind. Also you must have moments of complete inner peace and quiet, when your mind is absolutely still. If you miss it, you miss the entire thing. If you do not, the silence of the mind will dissolve and absorb all else. - Nisargadatta Maharaj
When to Meditate
Answering the question,
When is the best time to meditate? is a lot like answering the question,
When is the best time to exercise? Anytime! In fact, meditation is a lot like exercise in that you won't experience the benefits by doing it just one time. The best results are achieved by meditating on a regular and consistent basis.
At a minimum, I recommend meditating once per day for 20 minutes. Twice is even better. I find that a great time to meditate is right after I wake up but anytime is fine. It helps to establish a routine because it will become easier to allot the necessary time.
The most important aspect of
when is to make sure you meditate at least once daily. This will accomplish several objectives. First, you will become a much better meditator. It will become more accessible, and you will get less distracted. Second, you will quickly discover the benefits of your meditation, which will compel you to stay with it, providing you with even more profound benefits.
To decide if meditation is proper for you and give it a fair assessment, you need to spend an intensive period of time forming the habit and perfecting the techniques. To do this, I urge you to take the 100x challenge.
The 100x Challenge
Please consider approaching meditation with an open mind and giving it a chance to improve your life. Commit to taking the 100x challenge. The challenge is simple: Complete 100, twenty-minute meditation sessions in a maximum of 100 days. Log the results and diary the experience. That's it. Note that you can complete the challenge in less than 100 days. This is accomplished by meditating more than once per day. You can also do this to make up for missed days.
The 100x challenge is meant to do several things. First, by meditating 100 times, you will form a habit. Just like physical exercise, it can be tough to start and stay at it. By committing to the 100x challenge, you set a goal for yourself, and through your willpower and determination, you will achieve the goal. Secondly, after you have completed the 100x challenge, you will have given yourself enough time and exposure to see and feel the benefits of meditation. Finally, after experiencing the benefits first-hand, I hope you find a way to incorporate meditation into your life permanently.
Use a log to keep track of your progress in completing the 100x Challenge. Write down the date, time, and location of your session. It's also good to jot down a short note about the session. Following this discipline will motivate you and allow you to see patterns and progress as you develop your meditation skills.