Meditation Q & A

Relaxing OutdoorsQ: I can’t seem to get myself to meditate everyday. Something always comes up and pulls me in another direction. What do you suggest?

A: First thing, before you allow daily activities to distract you, meditate just after you wake up. Many people say that finding time for the second meditation of the day is difficult. Find a time during the second half of the day that you can commit to, and know that each day at that time—no matter what—you will stop, drop, and meditate. Meditation is the most effective way to equip yourself for challenges and rid the body of that which no longer serves us. By making a commitment to bring the stillness and silence into your life each and every day, you are committing yourself to a more fulfilling, balanced, and inspired life.

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  1. just after waking up??? before breakfast??? without even getting up??? aren’t we too sleepy then??? please expand on this… thank u so much… i’m trying to incorporate meditation solidly in my daily routine and are having the same difficulty… :)

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    1. Yes, meditating first thing in the morning, just after waking up, is a valuable practice to establish. We recommend a technique that lead meditation teacher, davidji, refers to as “RPM” – rise, pee, and meditate. When you meditate upon rising, immersing yourself in the peace and calm of pure consciousness, you center yourself for the day ahead. You will carry some of that stillness and silence with you throughout the hours ahead, enabling you to act from a place of restful, centered awareness, even when you encounter life’s inevitable stresses.

      If you’re a little sleepy upon waking, that is fine – you’ll still reap the benefits of meditation. If you find yourself falling asleep every time you do your morning meditation, consider going to bed a little earlier so that you can get the sleep you need and wake feeling refreshed. You can find guidance on a restful sleep routine at the Chopra Center’s online library.

      Let us know how your meditation practice evolves!

      with love,
      The Chopra Center Staff

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    2. wonderful tips… thank you so much… any suggestions for the second meditation of the day??? when to fit it in??? thanks again :)

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      1. For the second meditation, the ideal time is in the late afternoon or early evening – before dinner if possible so that your body won’t be engaging a lot of energy in digestion.

        In addition, it is best not to meditate just before bed. Sleep is restful dullness whereas meditation is restful alertness. Meditating too close to bedtime could make your mind too alert to fall asleep. Conversely, if you meditate when you are very tired, you will probably just fall asleep and you won’t get the real benefits of spending time in a state of deep restful awareness. Find an afternoon/evening time that will work for you and begin to meditate consistently at that time. You will then discover the many gifts of having a regular time to let go of the stresses from the day, to center yourself, and refresh your mind in the peace of pure consciousness.

        Namaste,
        The Chopra Center Staff

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      2. wonderful suggestions and have experienced this as being true for me, too..
        love, carolyn

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