Practical Tips for Maintaining Your Meditation Flow

August 8, 2014 4:37 PM

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Practical Tips for Maintaining Your Meditation Flow

Ayurveda teaches that the ideal times to meditate are between the hours of 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., and between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., because these times of the day are at the lightest part of the morning and evening (the end of vata time: 2-6). This, corresponds to the rising and setting of the sun, which is how many ancient civilizations guided their lives. Ayurveda was developed long before Las Vegas and eBay, long before night shifts, nightclubs, swing shifts, and round-the-clock emergency rooms, long before nocturnal behaviors began to buck the natural circadian rhythms of nature. So this ancient guidance had little knowledge that we would be living in an age where people went out to dinner when it was already dark, and many of us rose long after the sun had come up.

So when is the right time? I used to say to myself, I'll meditate at 10 o'clock every morning. But 10 never comes. You know what it's like. The phone rings. The dog needs attention. You suddenly are greeted with information that requires your care. You spend more time than you thought you would on s...

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