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When to meditate?
The best time to meditate may be in the middle of your day
While Eastern cultures have been supporting meditation in their cultural and religious practices for centuries, the Western world is finding these techniques useful for shutting out the constant buzz of the internet-connected world. With so much happening around us all the time, and notifications from everything and everyone coming all at once – taking some time to meditate can help restore our sense of balance and focus.
While meditation is undoubtedly an effective way to refocus and calm ourselves mentally, it is best done at certain times in the day. Of course, incorporating meditation must work with your schedule, but meditation provides greater benefits at certain times of the day as opposed to others.
The Mid-day Meditation Break
We at Rthm are strong proponents of taking time to meditate briefly after lunch, in the early afternoon. At this time in our days, we’re often stressed with the amount of work that has piled up, or the ongoings of the morning. After lunch, we’re given an opportunity to refocus, and take time to realign ourselves for the rest of the day.
In the traditional “siesta” period after lunch, our bodies begin to slow down and wind us into the fatigue that gets us to sleep at night. Our ancestors often took naps during this period. Cultures in the Mediterranean, like those of Greece and Spain, still incorporate a siesta time into their schedules.
In North America, it’s hard to consider the time to take a nap in the middle of the day. That said, meditating after lunch may serve a similar restorative purpose. Meditation is able to activate the parasympathetic system, which helps calm us down and allows us to refocus on the tasks at hand. For this reason, meditation can fit into the place of the traditional siesta nap of our ancestors.
We recommend meditating after lunch for as long as your schedule permits. Taking the time to meditate for 10 minutes, or half an hour seems possible to fit even into a busy schedule. 10 minutes of focused, relaxing meditation will often do more good for you and your focus than would 10 minutes of responding to emails. Simply, a ten-minute break to meditate may help you be more focused and productive later in the day – leading to greater efficiency and overall productivity.
Before you get back to your desk and begin firing away those emails, take some time to reflect and meditate. After lunch, take as little as 10 minutes to reflect, meditate, and re-focus for the rest of your day.