The best time to meditate is when you will actually do it. It’s that simple. If you can barely roll into work on time in the morning, then an evening practice may be more ideal. If finding time for meditation at all is a challenge, then aiming for a five-minute session at your convenience is a better option than trying to schedule a 20-minute sit every day.
There’s no magical answer. That’s why at buddhify, we’ve created an entire app around meditation done differently, so you can do what works for you. We have guided practices to help you in the morning and at night, at work and at home, and on the cushion and on the go.
Here are some people who have successfully used the app to fit meditation into their busy schedules.
“I love that there are different sets of meditations for different activities, emotions, and times of day and that there are meditations using a huge variety of techniques. I have found that I can pick a meditation to suit however I’m feeling. I’ve also found it a really helpful tool to develop my learning and meditation technique; I can see real improvement after just a few weeks!”
“I have downloaded many mindfulness meditation apps and have found this one to be the best for my needs. I can choose one that fits my daily needs and time. The variety is good and meditations help me focus on all aspects of my practice.“
“Buddhify has so many different ways to just take your mind away from all the stresses and have some “me” time, even if it’s just for 5 minutes…sometimes it’s all that is needed just to come back to focus.“
“I was so happy to come across this app. No monthly subscriptions like most of the other apps out there. Really good selection of meditations for all moods and amount of time you have. I use this app daily (life permitting). I recommend to anyone who needs assistance or wants to learn the meaning of meditation and how to meditate efficiently.”
“This app is brilliant. Makes every place and time you are in throughout your day a good place and time to meditate. I can’t rate it high enough and now also with some great new editions!”
“It is so smooth and easy to use! I have a hard time sleeping and started using those meditations and now branched out into other areas as well. They are typically 5-10 minutes long so you CAN make time for them. They are helpful and the narrator’s voices are nice to listen to. Thanks, buddhify!”
“This app has had a tremendous impact on my meditation practice, but more importantly, my life! It’s the perfect antidote to stress and even acts as an incredible sleep aid. I can’t recommend it enough. Download it. It’s worth every penny.”
“I use it almost every day in the morning to wake up and the evening to wind down.“
“Buddhify is a great way to grow your mindfulness practice, from quick meditations you can do at a bus stop to longer more formal sitting meditations.“
Ask long-time meditators and you will find people in both camps. It largely depends on what you hope to get out of it. Some swear by making it a priority first thing in the morning. This helps you set the mood and an intention before you get busy with your day. Mid-day meditation is beneficial for keeping stress levels in check, and evening practice is known to help people build a better sleep routine. It’s a win-win situation.
There is no prescriptive number, which can be hard for people who want a specific answer. Let go of your fear of doing it ‘wrong’! Do it three times a day, once a week, whenever you’ve had a stressful day or can’t sleep, it really is up to you. With that said, there really is no downside to making it a goal to practice every day, even if it is for only a few minutes.
Finding time to meditate is one of the biggest hurdles for people starting out. Don’t let this idealized version of what a perfect meditation practice should prevent you from doing it all. Results are not limited to meditating x amount of time, x amount of days a week — just take whatever opportunity you have to practice. There are so many moments to bring awareness to the experiences of the day, from waking to sleeping and everything in between — so it doesn’t have to be quiet and calm to meditate, in fact learning how to practice in the busiest parts of your day can be an even more powerful way to start. Use the app to find a starting point and expand upon that.
Quick sessions are so valuable for developing every day, real-time mindfulness skills, whereas longer formal meditations are beneficial for identifying places for growth and generating a deeper level of self-awareness. At buddhify, we believe doing a mix of both makes for a well-rounded meditator.