Meditation: Rules for Practice. Part I

To experience meditation it is essential to follow a few basic rules and preparations. The following general suggestions are intended for those people who have never known meditation but have the aspiration to find out what it is for themselves. Lack of preparation can prevent one making progress, especially in the early stages. It is therefore important that the following rules are carried out to the best of your ability and whenever possible.

Time: It is best to have fixed times for your daily meditational practices. This regularity establishes a familiar routine ensuring that the mind and body are prepared for the practice.

The best period of the day is early in the morning, or in the evening before retiring for bed. In fact, the most auspicious hours are between four and six o’clock in the morning. In India this time of the morning is called brahmamuhurta and is known to be especially conducive to meditation. At this time the body and mind are likely to be most relaxed. Furthermore, this is the quietest time of the day with least likelihood of being disturbed by outer diversions. It is the time when you are not normally overwhelmed by your daily problems.

It is important to practise either before eating or a few hours after. It is difficult to relax with a full stomach. If you must practise after meals, it is best to eat moderately.

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