Wakefulness is the way to life. The fool sleeps As if he were already dead, But the master is awake And he lives forever. – Budda
Morning meditation is an amazing way to start your day. It will make the rest of your chaotic day less stressful. You will be able to conquer anything because your mind and body will be at peace.
It will be difficult at first (for the people that are not early birds) and easy for others. The key is to make a conscious effort of making morning meditation part of your daily routine. The more you do it, the easier it will get. Over time you will be doing morning meditation without any discomfort or hitting the snooze button.
Why meditate in the morning?
Attentiveness. Simple as that. Your mind is much more alert in the morning rather than at night. This is because your body wakes up from its rest cycle and has recovered from the day before. Our minds are much clearer after a good night’s sleep.
I used to do my meditation right before I went to bed. During these nightly meditations, my mind was constantly running over what I had to do during the day and what I didn’t finish. Also, I fell asleep during those meditations because of sheer exhaustion. Now I always aim to meditate in the morning and use evening/night time meditation as a last resort.
How can I practice morning meditation with limited time?
Simple answer is: Wake up early!
Waking up early is a very difficult task. I have gone to bed many times promising to wake up early. I hear the sound of the alarm and go straight back to bed. The snooze button used to be my best friend.
This was because I was setting unreal expectations. I went from waking up from 7:00 to attempting to wake up at 5:00. I did not let my body adjust.
The best way to wake up early is by turning back the time in 10 minute increments. Just like how babies learn to crawl before they walk, you must take your time in waking up early. Over time you will be able to get up at 6 or 5 am and have ample time to do morning meditation. So if you get up at 7:00 start setting your alarm for 6:50 then 6:40 etc..
This goes same for developing a morning meditation practice. It does not have to be an extensive amount of meditation, it could be just for a couple of minutes. After you get comfortable, increase the amount of time for meditation.
Morning Meditation Techniques
There are many ways to bring you peace of mind and calmness. Morning meditation should be simple to implement and comfortable to practice every morning.
Meditation is about quieting the mind and connecting with your body. You do this by focusing on the in and out breath. But there is also other ways to quiet the mind.
Empty your mind with writing
As soon as my eyes open, my mind begins to run the “checklist of the day”.
- Brush my teeth
- Wash my face
- Take a shower
- Make breakfast
- Get ready for work
There are so many thoughts running in my head that I just need to get rid of them. I open my word document and start writing the first thought that comes to my head and continue to write. I do not proof read, double check my work or fix mistakes. I just keep tapping the keyboard to release all my thoughts.
Don’t worry about how your grammar or spelling is. Just keep the fingers rolling to get everything out. I do this for 5 – 10 minutes. As you write, inhale deep and exhale slowly.
Your body has been in a mummy state for 5 – 8 hours. The body stiffens when it is in a same position for a while. So when you wake up the best way to get the blood flowing is through stretching.
Stretch your arms, hips and legs all out. Do some yoga poses that will help get you warm and the endorphins up and running.
Some people also really like exercising in the morning. Going for a quick jog or doing 10 push ups will help your mind immediately snap out of slumber and into focus mode.
Snap yourself into a positive mood with simple mantra prayers or affirmations. Say these prayers in a seated or lying meditation technique. You can modify the mantra’s as you wish.
- Sit in a comfortable position
- Close your eyes
- Inhale deep into your belly
- Exhale slowly
- Repeat this prayer:
“May all beings be free from enmity.
May all beings be free from ill treatment.
May all beings be free from troubles.
May all beings be free from suffering.
May all beings protect their own happiness.
May all beings be happy.
May I be happy.”
I found the prayer here: http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=73555#ixzz1cWQrlVZS
Make it a brighter day with Morning Meditation
It might be a tough start to get into the routine of waking up early but it will pay off. Waking up in the morning and implementing positive meditation techniques will help you in your daily work and personal life.
Don’t be surprised when you find yourself happier in the morning instead of a grumpy grouch.
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