Meditation starts with mindfulness. Mindfulness is the ability to be present and fully engaged in what is occurring at the moment. Meditation is the act of training one’s awareness to get a healthy sense of perspective. It is a good time to observe one’s feelings and thoughts without judgment.
Morning meditation reportedly allows the gentle release of grogginess. It also helps set the conditions for a more successful day. Incorporating a daily wake-up meditation will reportedly allow one to anchor one’s thoughts regardless of the unpredictable situations and variables one may face during the day.
The Importance of a Morning Routine
Creating a regular morning practice cultivates a peaceful state of mind. It will enrich one’s relationships by ensuring one is kinder and less judgmental. The fast-paced lives of modern-day living are often filled with stress and pressure. Regular meditation can help manage stress and reduce the amount of strain it causes in daily life.
Allowing yourself time to think clearly and openly will help one achieve calmness and peace of mind before starting the day. This will help shift one’s perspective towards a more positive outlook and may even result in a calmer approach to tasks ensuring better productivity during the day.
Short morning meditation is easy to implement and can quickly become a part of your daily routine. Mornings can be the best time of day to incorporate meditation as they are usually quieter nature compared to hectic afternoons or tired nights.
Incorporating meditation into your morning does not mean dedicating 3-hours towards the activity in the morning routine. Instead, it depends on the individual and how long they can dedicate quality, ritual, and motivated time to the task. A simple 5-minute morning meditation shows great results and shifts focus from physical to mental like a morning stretch for the mind.
The best part about a morning meditation routine is that it can be done anywhere. So during the commute to work, you can simply use the time to implement meditation instead of scrolling on your phone or stressing about the day ahead.
Studies show that most people spend 1-3 hours per day scrolling through social media. Many people begin the minute their eyes open. This contributes to the clouded feeling many experiences during the day as well as the decreasing mental health and increasing anxiety. Replacing some of the time we spend scrolling with meditation will help boost thought clarity as well as mental health and energy levels.
How to Start Morning Meditation
Step 1: Decide where you want to meditate. If you decide to do it in bed, sit upright. Otherwise, pick your favorite chair, a spot on the sofa, a cushion in a spot on the floor, or in the car 10 minutes before you need to leave. Choose a place that feels right to you.
Step 2: Decide on the type of meditation. Since the practice of meditation is extremely personal it is important to find what works for you. The Headspace app is one of many resources that offer hundreds of options from deep-breathing techniques to guided walking meditations.
Step 3: Decide on how long you want to meditate. Meditations can vary from one minute to longer 10-minute or 20-minute sessions. Depending on the time you have to spare, schedule your meditation time so that you are guaranteed to stick to the routine.
Step 4: Don’t think about it, just do it. Approach each meditation and each day as they come. You might not see results immediately but the benefits of your meditation practice will pay off in the longer term.