Over the years I have tried different times of the day to meditate. The reason for this to a certain extent has been driven by busy work schedules. But it has also been about developing the most effective practice for me and my overall wellbeing.
I am a great believer that as human beings on this earth we all deserve to have a happy, safe and fulfilled life. I am aware that there are a lot of different factors that will drive whether this is the actual reality for each of us, and a lot of which may not be in our control.
However, there is one factor that I do believe we can strongly influence, and that is how we choose to start our days.
Every morning I get up at 6.30am, it used to be 5.30am until I started working for myself and didn’t commute for work so much. Why, you may ask? Well what I have discovered works for me is to wake 30mins before anyone else in the household needs to get up or I need to start getting ready for my day e.g. eating breakfast, shower etc.
So for that time in the morning the home is quiet, I don’t feel guilty because I should be doing something else or my mind isn’t pre-occupied with the tasks I need to do to prepare myself for the day. I use this time to meditate, drink hot water and lemon, sometimes read a few pages of a book or journal.
While this sounds all very good and easy, which it is now, it took me a while to really understand and retrain my brain and mindset so that I gave myself this time for self-care right at the start of the day.
But I am so glad I did because for me this is the difference between a day of contentment or a day of feeling overwhelmed, stressed and my brain going to its default of overthinking.
When I say contentment, it means I can just be with whatever may be happening that day which could be really positive or could be more demanding and stressful, but whatever it is I can accept it for what it is.
This I have found has made me a better version of myself. By prioritising this selfcare time at the start of my day I am a better human being who is having a calmer life experience which in turn is positive not only for me but for my loved ones, friends, colleagues and strangers I may interact with during the day.
Now I have talked about 30 mins to an hour, but even if you just set your alarm for 5 or 10minutes earlier than others in your household, having even that short time in the morning to meditate will set you off to a good start and you will see benefits such as:
Creating a sense of calm that will carry you through the day as meditation is a natural trigger for our relaxation response.
It will increase your energy levels as endorphins are released when practicing meditation.
Overtime it can build focus. With just 10 minutes of stillness at the start of your day it allows your subconscious mind to become more effective behind the scenes which impacts on your productivity levels and increases clarity of the mind.
Overall, it gives that sense of wellbeing, not just from the physical impact you get from meditating, but also the psychological impact you get from caring for yourself enough to make yourself a priority.
So, why not give it a try. Start with building 5 to 10 minutes of meditation in first thing of the morning and see what happens.
At Just Bee Meditation we have started running early morning online meditation sessions at 7.30am for 30 minutes for anybody who is looking to build a regular morning meditation practice and would like to be part of a supportive group to do that.
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