If you have ever found yourself wishing you could start your day off on the right foot but lacked the discipline to make that happen, morning meditation might be what you need to focus, reenergize, and just breathe before your day gets hijacked by work, family, errands to run, and bills to pay.
It takes very little to throw us off our game once we are up and taking on the day. Despite our best efforts to sync calendars and follow planners, we often fall short of our goals for the day because we don’t take the time to set ourselves up for success.
Morning meditation not only clears your mind, it also helps you prepare for the day ahead.
Here are some reasons why you should try morning meditation to change your entire day for the better.
1) Set the Mood
Here’s the thing about a morning meditation: while it is super helpful to set the mood with candles and low light and a quiet ambiance, the truth is that you can meditate anywhere.
Stuck in traffic and feeling like you are going to pop a vein? Turn on some low music and breathe deeply for five minutes.
When you are home and just starting your day, take a few minutes to settle into your favorite chair, or spot on the floor, and sit in whatever way makes you feel the most comfortable and alert.
Sure, slouching into the chair is going to be comfortable, but it doesn’t leave your body open to what is happening. So sit up straight and be comfortable in the position you decide upon.
Light a candle if that helps you, or open the curtains and let the sun shine in on your face. There’s nothing quite like warm sun on your skin to make you feel grateful for the day ahead.
2) Set a Time
If you are new to morning meditation, the idea of sitting still for even 2 minutes might seem like too long to you.
It’s a good idea to start your morning meditation routine by setting a timer so that you can lose yourself in deep breathing and the clearing of thoughts until the timer goes off.
This way, the pressure is off and you’ll find that the sense of time goes out the window.
What you might have thought would be a long period of time is actually going to feel like it has gone by quickly because your mind will be focused on other things – or nothing at all. Setting a time also helps prepare your mind for the work it needs to do and puts a timeframe around the work that needs to be done.
For Type A “can’t sit still” people, this method works to make morning meditation a priority and able to fit into their schedule.
3) Focus on Your Breathing
A common question for newcomers to meditation is “what do I focus on” or “what do I think about?” The best way to make the most of your morning meditation workout is to think about your breathing.
The more you focus on your breathing, the further your mind will shift from everyday thoughts to something very intentional. If you find yourself thinking thoughts, just return to thinking about your breathing.
The idea isn’t to completely disconnect you from the world around you, but make you more aware of it by focusing on your breath. It might seem funny at first to remind yourself to breath, even deeply, but the more you do it, the more you will get out of it.
Breathing helps us calm ourselves during anxious times, it helps us cope with our feelings and thoughts, and it ensures that our body gets the attention it needs. If you simply sit and try to dispel thoughts, you won’t get the benefits of meditation first thing in the morning.
4) What About Those Thoughts?
So what do you do with those thoughts that are definitely going to make their way into your conscious stream of thought? Well, the choice is yours really.
Many meditation experts say to just let them pass through your mind and continue to focus on your breathing. But, if you are meditating to find an answer to a burning question that you have, you’ll want to allow those thoughts to come. The difference here is that you aren’t just thinking about taking the laundry out of the washer, you are thinking about a specific answer to a question you need to move your life forward.
People commonly meditate on goals they have, money they want to manifest, and people they are trying to bring into their lives. So before you settle in for your morning meditation, think about what you want to ask the universe, if anything at all, and let that be your focused thought anchored in your breathing.
If you find that you struggle to stay focused throughout the workday, or you are overwhelmed about what’s to come from the moment you wake up in the morning, a morning meditation routine might be the thing that can help you take charge of your life and take back your thoughts to put them to good use.
There’s no right or wrong way to meditate and the more you do it, the more you’ll find what works for you and get into a groove that suits your needs and wants.
Like many things in life, the trick is to just start. Don’t be shy about it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are being silly. Just take 5 minutes in the morning and breathe. Welcome the day ahead and be open to what your mind might discover.