Starting off the day with a calm mind helps you deal with the stresses throughout the day. That’s why I spend a part of my morning routine meditating each day. It’s very easy for your mind to be busy, busy, busy all the time…but when you’re meditating, you’re training it not to be.
Meditation is no more complex than finding a quiet place to sit and focus on your breath…and push the thoughts out of your mind. During that time, you are focusing on two things: controlled silence and deep breathing.
Here are the 3 biggest reasons I start my morning with meditation and why I hope you will do the same:
1. Have a Calm and Silent Mind
There’s a sure-fire way to start your day off on the wrong foot…hit the snooze button 3 or 4 times…read a few bad emails…and then jump out of bed in a rush to get ready for the day. But when you are meditating, you are starting out your day with a calm and silent mind.
That means don’t roll over first thing and look at your phone. Build discipline in yourself to avoid checking your notifications until after your morning routine. Otherwise, your mood will get hijacked and it’s hard to recover from a bad mood.
2. Start on Your Own Terms
Starting your day off right means you wake up, take control of your mind (meditation) and take your day into your own hands. By being alone and focusing on your breathing, you don’t let others influence your emotions and thoughts. Instead, you decide when you’re mentally ready to handle the day.
3. Sets Precedent For Your Mindset
Meditation also sets a tone for the rest of the day. When you start out calm and quiet, you’ll be in a much better mental state to handle stress.
Other Benefits I’ve Found From Practicing Meditation
I knew that there would be benefits of starting my day off in the right frame of mind…but I didn’t know that my meditation routine would help me other times throughout the day. What I learned is that I can equalize myself quickly in a stressful situation. We can’t keep stress from happening, but we can prepare our minds in advance to handle them. You might find that if you start practicing meditation every day, you can calm yourself down quickly.
Meditation is like lifting weights at the gym and building muscle…only you’re working out your brain. It gives you control over your mind. The more you workout, the stronger your mind will become.
If you are new to meditation, check out the 7 guided meditations written by Nikita, from The Path Provides.
Where and How I Meditate
While I’d love to sit on a mountain-top every morning and feel the sunshine on my face as it rises…my morning meditation is much more mundane than that. Usually, I just find a quiet place in my house (which is not easy to come by, but I make it happen) and sit cross-legged. Sometimes, I just stay in bed and meditate, but I bring my knees up so I don’t fall back to sleep.
I created a meditation routine inside the Insight Timer. I spend the first 7 minutes sitting silently and pushing away thoughts that come into my mind. The last 3 minutes of my time of meditation, I repeat an affirmation that I got from the book The Big Leap.
“I expand in abundance, success, and love every day as I inspire those around me to do the same.”
Need a beginner’s guide to meditation? Check out the guide Francine from The Yorkshire Bird put together. See her beginner’s meditation guide here.
How I Decided How Long to Meditate
When it comes to how long you meditate, it’s really up to you. For me, I found that less than 10 minutes wasn’t enough for me to really get in the right frame of mind. Also, I like for my morning routine to be an hour and 10 minutes fit well into that schedule. Want to see my full morning routine? Check it out here. If you want me to send you a PDF version and a worksheet so you can create your own routine, sign-up for my newsletter.
I hope you will start meditating at least for a few minutes every day. It’s important to get comfortable with being silent and being by yourself. Stick with it…it gets easier over time.
Thanks for reading!