When we meditate in the morning we have an opportunity to enter into an atmosphere of inner peace before entering into the world at large.
Morning is a good time for meditation because our mind is usually free of endless thoughts that accumulate during the day. If we have slept well our mind will be clearer; at this time we will find that we are more receptive to meditation. As soon as we wake up we should try not to think about any of the day’s activities before we have meditated. If our first thoughts on waking up is a sense of gratitude or positive feeling for the world it will also help enormously.
The morning is a good time to meditate because the atmosphere of the world is more peaceful. Most people have not yet entered into the hustle and bustle of daily activity. It is best if we can meditate before 6.30am. In Hindu scriptures it is said that the absolutely best time, known as “Brahma Muhurta” or Hour of God is 3-4pm. This hour is most conducive to meditation, however for many westerners it can be difficult to get up at this hour because it would require going to bed very early. However if we can meditate early we will benefit from a more peaceful meditative atmosphere.
“Early in the morning, before the sun rises, the earth-consciousness is not yet agitated. The world has not yet entered into its daily turmoil. Nature is calm and quiet and she helps us to meditate.” (1)
One problem people may notice is that getting up early may leave them feeling sleepy during meditation. When meditating we need to be fully awake, if we feel drowsy during meditation it will be difficult to meditate well. If we doze off during meditation we will not make any progress. Real meditation is more than just a state of relaxation, meditation embodies a dynamic peace; when we meditate we should be fully awake and alert. If we do feel a little drowsy in the morning there are a few things we can do. Firstly if we wash with cold water we will feel refreshed. We can also do a little gentle exercise to get the circulation going. It is also advisable to try meditating with eyes open (or at least half open). When we meditate with our eyes closed we are more likely to fall asleep.
Meditating on the rising sun can be a powerful benefit. The rising sun is a potent symbol of a new day and our rising aspiration. The sun also gives a subtle spiritual vibration. If we meditate facing the direction of the rising sun we will get an additional benefit. However if it is still dark at 6.00am we should not feel that the rising sun is essential.
(1) Sri Chinmoy, Excerpt from Meditation: Humanity’s Race And Divinity’s Grace, Part 1 Agni Press in 1974 by Sri Chinmoy