This underlines the importance of sticking to a regular formal meditation practice. It is even more important to carry these skills into our daily activities. The following will give some hints about how to start and continue your meditation practice outside of a meditation center.
The second best time is the evening, before going to bed. But it is more difficult to stick to a regular evening meditation than an early morning meditation. The evening is the time for all kinds of activities and social events. Visiting friends, meeting others for dinner, going to the cinema or somewhere else is quite often accompanied by the use of alcohol or other kinds of drugs. Alcohol and meditation do not mix. Other drugs are even worse. Even without, you will probably be tired – maybe too tired.
The third best time is when you come home from work and before you start your leisure activities. But during this time
Try to use the early morning, sitting every day for 30 minutes at least. If you have more time to spend, fine. You may want to sit for a longer period or have a second sitting at another time of the day. You will not reach deep stages of concentration with only 30 minutes of meditation daily, but half an hour to calm the mind, to reflect on what is happening in your life, will help you to accept life as it is. The need to manipulate relationships, situations or the environment according to your likes and dislikes will lessen. You will become more content and balanced, more valuable to ourselves and others.
It is nice and beneficial to end sittings with a few minutes of loving kindness meditation or even devote a whole session every now and then to this kind of practice.
As the need for spirituality grows, there are all kinds of esoteric offers available. Many are honest; some just aim to make money. Choose carefully your group or teacher.
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