Morning meditation is a beautiful way to set the tone for your day. While the list of meditation’s benefits can make it seem like a magical cure-all, the practice is capable of rewiring your brain for the better. Not only is meditation free, the payoffs can be massive for the relatively small investment of time you need to get started.
Meditation has been part of my morning routine for over three years. I don’t mean to say this in a ‘look at me, look at me’ way, I just can’t imagine my life without my Morning Meds! It’s become second nature for me to roll out of bed and into my favourite meditation position each morning.
If you’re someone who’s looking to build a meditation habit, below are some of the ways this practice can be incorporated into even the busiest of schedules:
Download an App
Digital meditation aids have been around for a while thanks to our generation’s obsession with the practice. I first got started using the Headspace app. This tool is great for beginners because founder Andy Puddicombe talks you through the beginner steps.
I haven’t personally used it, but I hear that the Calm app is equally beneficial.
Lately, I’ve been using the free guided meditations on Insight Timer. I love the variety of offerings on this app:
- Rick Batyr’s binaural beats have been perfect for incorporating into my Chakra Series.
- Carrie Suwal’s Attracting All That You Desire meditation ties in nicely with my recent interest in manifestation.
- davidji’s Discovering Your Dharma audio speaks to my lifelong quest for my Soul’s Purpose.
Challenge and Reward
If you’re someone that responds well to a rewards system, set yourself a meditation goal to get started. If you meditate every morning for an entire month, treat yourself to that new dessert cafe you’ve been eyeing up. In no time, you’ll have developed a positive habit for yourself.
Meditation that Moves You
Does the idea of sitting still for five minutes, let alone ten, freak you out? Meditation can take many forms. For some, a morning run is a wonderful way to get into a meditative state.
One form of moving meditation that I personally enjoy is the Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar A). As the name suggests, this yoga sequence can be used to greet the sun at the start of each new day. It’s also a great way to work through any bodily stagnation that you’ve developed over a night’s sleep. The repetitive movements of the Sun Salutation offer a moving alternative to meditation.
Begin with Breath
Meditation doesn’t need to be complicated or even involve an app. The simplest way to start your day mindfully is to set a 5 or 10 minute timer on your phone and tune into your breath. A guided practice isn’t required. All you have to do here is focus on your inhalations and exhalations, returning your focus to the breath whenever it strays.
Perhaps more of a mindfulness practice than a true-blue meditation, reading is another soothing way to start your day. Before reaching for your screen, carve out 15 minutes of your morning to dive into a good book. This my absolute favourite way to start slow on my weekend mornings.
By introducing a sacred space for calm each morning, we attract a more tranquil energy for the remainder of each day. What is your go-to morning meditation practice? There’s no singular way to incorporate meditation into your morning, what’s important is finding what works best for you.