By now, almost everyone is aware that meditation and relaxation are highly beneficial for health and wellbeing. However, there are certain times of the day which are more suitable for taking time out than others, if you persue a relatively normal lifestyle with work, family and social activities.
The daily cycle is based on the sun’s movement and related energy changes which have been observed by Chinese masters from the earliest days. Thousands of years of studying the movements of the solar system, nature, the changes of the seasons and their interaction with the individual energy blueprint of each human being have made it possible to determine the maximum benefit of any one activity on health, longevity, family and success in life.
Generally, the golden time for meditating and relaxing is between 3 and 6 am. The exact time can vary according to one’s geographical location an season, but as rule of the thumb, the best time is during the hours before sunrise. At this point, the energy is the purest and those who take care of their energy during these periods will benefit most.
The difficult part is of course that you have to get up early, so it takes some time to adjust to that and not to fall asleep during practice. We suggest before your session to do all your mornings routine; pee, drink a few glasses of water, poo, shower to refresh you and wake you up. Try not to eat anything yet.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, the most unsuitable time to meditate is between 23 pm and 3 am, when the liver and gallbladder release toxic energy. During this time negative energy is most active, as the sun is furthest, so staying awake, or even worse being outdoors is very damaging to our energetic system. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact time negative energy switches into positive during those early hours, it’s a gradual process. Very sensitive and experienced people develop an inner feeling for the right time. To be on the safe side, better start with your relaxation training at 4 am rather than 3 am.
During the hours of day light, we also have better and or less suitable hours. Between 7 and 11 am is the time we can be most creative. Therefore meditation between those hours may not be desirable. This is also a time when the energy outside is getting busier, people are going to work, the “busy-ness” is very much in the air making relaxing during these hours more challenging and not as beneficial.
If you meditate between 3 pm and 6 pm it is likely that you will not feel so energised, in fact, you might even feel more tired, because this is also a period where the body is supposed to move, following its inner clock which we shouldn’t ignore. Sleeping around this time is also useless, it’s better to wait a few more hours and have an early night if you are really tired.
When you need to refill your batteries during the day, the best time is around noon. The sun is at its highest and people tend to slow down, take a break to enjoy the warmth, hide from it, so the energy is more calming everywhere.
We have put together a list of references so you can plan your time of recharge and accordingly:
- 23:00 to 03:00 NEGATIVE (sleep only)
- 03:00 to 06:00 GOLDEN TIME
- 06:00 to 07:00 GOOD
- 07:00 to 11:00 NOT GOOD (good time for work)
- 11:00 to 15:00 GOOD
- 15:00 to 18:00 NOT GOOD (good time for movement, exercise)
- 18:00 to 21:00 GOOD
- 21:00 to 23:00 GOOD (for winding down)
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