Coffee? Check. Car Keys? Check. Morning meditation?… Wait, what? According to research, meditation can stimulate the release of endorphins and could boost your mood as much as running. Yet we get so busy with our morning routine that we often forget to take care of ourselves. The result oftentimes is that we feel scattered, swamped, and overloaded before the day’s even started. That’s why I’d like to introduce a few morning meditations below to start your day!
Here’s the thing: you can focus on eating healthier, exercising more frequently, and getting more sleep, but if you don’t take care of your mind, you will still feel unbalanced in your life.
Every good meditation practice begins with finding what works best for you. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to meditate since there are different techniques or styles of meditation.
Here are a few of them:
Simple Breathing Meditation
Inhale for three counts, exhale for three counts. You can use this technique alone as a meditation to calm your mind and reduce distractions. Simply focus all the attention on your breath. If this is your first time to meditate, here’s a great video to get you started to practice.
The “I Don’t Know” Meditation
Credit to Rachael Kable’s blog post for this simple yet effective meditation technique. To begin, sit still, breathe deeply, and imagine how your day is going to unfold with everything you need to control. Now, say out loud to yourself, “I don’t really know what will happen.” Sometimes it’s good to find comfort in not knowing. We can’t control everything so simply repeat the mantra, “I don’t know” and let the weight fall from your shoulders.
Morning Gratitude Meditation
Set your alarm clock and spend at least 5 minutes focusing on the things that you feel grateful about. This will leave your heart full the rest of the day filled with a sense of gratitude that you can share with others.
Did these morning meditations work for you? Is there a practice that works for you in the mornings that I missed? Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!
Also, if you would like a basics lesson to stay grounded, I recommend you read “How to Channel Your Inner Calm” by clicking the blue link. Enjoy!