Meditation has been around for thousands of years. The very first research on meditation done by Dr. Herbert Benson, proved that it shuts down the fight or flight response (the fear response) and it stimulates the parasympathetic or relaxing nervous system of the body. At the very most basic level, meditation relieves stress.
There are many different meditation teachers and meditation types (including Mindfulness). Today, I would like to share with you my own Daily Meditation Practice, that I developed over the last ten years. It was first recorded just for my own use, but recently I had a thought to share it with the world, hoping that it will help you start the day better.
A quiet mind is able to hear intuition over fear.
I meditate first thing in the morning at 5:30 am, a half an hour before the rest of the house wake up. Believe me, I’m not a morning person. Before I had kids I would stay up and work till late and wake up after 8 am. Sleeping routine (or lack of that routine) is just a habit. The first few days are hard to addapt and you just need to stay strong not to go back to sleep. Once you will stick to your new routine you will start feeling better and experiencing the benefits during the day. I am feeling more positive in the morning after meditation, more grateful for the small things in life and more focused during the day.
When you wake up in the morning, you take a shower because you don’t want to take yesterday’s dirt with you into the day.
But if you wake up in the morning and you immediately reach out for your phone and start scrolling through social media or read the news, you’re taking in all the stress of the world. You might’ve cleansed your body, but your mind is carrying so much stress.
That’s why meditating in the morning is as important as taking a shower or brushing your teeth.
Make purifying your mind a priority in the morning, set the alarm half an hour earlier and go to sleep earlier. It is also a great opportunity to inspect your sleeping habits.
Are you taking time to relax before going to sleep? Whether it is reading a book, listening to calming music or taking a warm bath, you’re giving your body a signal that it’s time to settle down. Avoid watching TV or looking at any screen (including your phone) before going to sleep, since those activities can trigger your brain to stay awake.
Going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day (even on weekends) is crucial for setting your body’s internal clock, which experts call your circadian rhythm. Staying consistent also means that the quality of your sleep will be better.
Set a gentle alarm for the morning and have your headphones ready. You can use a meditation cushion if you have one, or fold a regular one so you sit with your back straight. I would avoid lying down during your morning meditation as it’s too easy to fall back asleep.
Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
Download My Free Guided Meditations
I have recorded two Guided Meditations for you.
The first one is called ‘Creating Your Inner Sanctuary’ and is designed to help you create a safe and nourishing space in your mind where you can go to during the day when you are stressed, but also helps with your meditation. Listen to it once.
Once you have created your ‘Inner Sanctuary’, practice ‘Daily Meditation’ regularly.
I love this guided meditation because it combines water and lights elements and helps to release any stress and tension.
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