Meditate on an empty stomach. Meditation can disrupt our digestion and give us an upset tummy.
It’s always best to meditate 60-90 minutes after eating. This is about how long it takes to digest enough before it’s OK to meditate.
Avoid stimulants like caffeine and sugar prior to meditation. These excite the nervous system and make it difficult for the mind to lead the body into a deeper, more restful state.
It’s a 20 minute, once to twice a day practice. Once a day is great to begin with and you can build up to 20 minutes. As you cultivate the habit you may desire to add a second meditation in the evening.
Morning/Daytime Practise. Ideally, have your first meditation in the morning before breakfast and after you have bathed or showered. If you do exercise in the morning, meditate after but before you get into your daily routine.
Evening Practice. Your second meditation should take place in the early evening before dinner. This enables you to rest and recover from the day and be present and more connected to enjoying your meal, be it alone or in the company with others.
Don’t meditate after drinking alcohol. Alcohol impairs cognitive capability and it is likely you will not be able to sustain the subtle awareness of the practice. Sleep if off and try when you are no longer feeling the effects of the alcohol.
Meditate where you are least likely to be disturbed. Having said this, noise is no barrier to meditation. Don’t be timid to meditate in public places if this is the only place to do it.
Allow 6-8 hours between each meditation. This allows enough time for our body to integrate the experience of the last meditation. Rest and then activity, rest and activity.
Allow 90 minutes after meditating before you go to sleep. The body gets rest saturation in meditation and sometimes when we meditate just before bed, we can find it very difficult to go to sleep.
Avoid meditating with pets and children. They won’t know not to come over to you and pull your hair or lick your face.
If you feel groggy or emotional after a meditation lay on your back and rest if you have some time.