Timing is important, especially when it comes to meditation. It can affect whether you have a relatively easy time or whether you spend the time with your mind buzzing, never really getting into it. It is impossible for me to say that one specific time is best for everyone, however.
Some people do better in the morning, because their mind is clear and their meditation practice makes them more energetic. By meditating in the morning, they are able to approach their day with calmness and energy.
Other people struggle in the morning. They wake up with their minds foggy and don’t really get going until their third cup of coffee. These people may people do better in the evening. They find that their meditation practice calms them and prepares them to fall asleep.
Expected interruptions can also affect your meditation practice. For example, if you live by a football field, you could expect a lot of noise during the weekend and may wish to avoid this. Even if you naturally prefer to practice at night, you may move your practice to earlier in the day during these instances.
Here is an exercise to help you determine your best time of day to meditate. Meditate for ten minutes in the morning for one week. Note how you feel and if you think it is beneficial for you. The next week, meditate for ten minutes in the afternoon. Note how this affects you. By doing this exercise you can gain clarity into the best time of day to meditate.
If you find that you prefer to meditation in the morning, check out this morning meditation by Deepak Chopra. It is the perfect start to your day.
As a beginner, it is important to recognize factors that seem to detract from your meditation practice. As you grow, you will find that you can meditate with even with the distractions at any time of day.
Please leave a comment and let me know if this helps! Also, check out my quick beginner meditation.