Choose a time that will be most ideal for your practice. If you meditate twice a day, early morning and late afternoon or evening are suitable times. Early morning meditation will prepare you for the day’s activities, and late afternoon or evening practice will enable you to relax and experience renewal after the day’s work or activity. If you meditate once a day, choose a time when you are most alert and able to give yourself fully to your practice. Early morning is a good time, but whenever you decide is all right. Avoid regular practice sessions immediately after eating or when overly tired, as these will not be the best circumstances to support alert concentration.
Choose a place that is comfortable and quiet, where you will not be disturbed. If you can arrange a special place to be used for your spiritual practices, so much the better. If you do this, let it be your private sanctuary, to be used only for prayer, meditation, and contemplative reflection. You will then associate your special place with that purpose and immediately become more soul-centered when you go there. Have a comfortable chair on which to sit. If necessary, turn off the telephone. You have transcendental interests to attend to; eliminate the possibility of any secular intrusion when you meditate.
Approach your practice session with keen interest.
Speak this positive affirmation:
Every day, with keen interest, I look forward to my meditation practice.
Have a good day . . . and a great life!