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Why should I meditate in the morning?
How do you feel when you wake up first thing in the morning? Groggy, tired, nervous to start the day, or are there a million and one thoughts racing through your head?
Waking up ‘properly’ when you feel energised, peaceful , focused and happy is the most important thing to help you continue your day on the right path.
Meditation is amazing at enhancing positive feelings and helping you gain a sense of calm and perspective, and while it’s great to practise whenever your can, it’s actually proven to be most effective at the beginning of the day.
It’ll help you shake off any anxiety or nervousness and put you in the right frame of mind.
How do I meditate in the morning?
It only takes a few minutes every morning, set aside a short amount of time from two to five minutes, and then if you’d like to meditate for longer you can slowly ramp this up to 15 minutes.
You can start with this simple morning meditation:
⁃ Find a comfortable sitting position, or if you’re still lying down and feel nice then stay here. If you’re sitting up, cross your legs, rest the backs of your hands on your knees with your palms facing up.
⁃ Take a deep inhale through your nose, holding it for a few seconds, and then release the exhale through your mouth. Repeat this at least five times, or more if necessary.
⁃ At the same time keep your eyes closed, and imagine a peaceful place – a place where you feel safe and happy (possibly just where you are – in bed!)
⁃ Let that feeling of wellbeing wash through your body from the top of your head to the bottom of your toes. In your belly, feel that warmth.
⁃ Open your eyes, and slowly bring yourself back to the present. Think about what you have to do today, but in a methodical and unrushed manner.
⁃ Finally, take one last inhale, followed by a long exhale. As you exhale, breathe out any anxiety.
⁃ If you like, create your own mantra – a phrase or saying- to finish off this meditation. Some people round off their morning meditation by being grateful- “thank you for the day”, or “this will be a good day”. It’s totally up to you.
Is it OK to meditate in bed?
It’s absolutely fine to meditate in bed, in fact, if you feel relaxed and happy in bed then it‘s ideal!
Some people like meditating in bed because they can immediately begin their morning meditation when waking up, which is also a great way to get you into the habit.
The bedroom also tends to be one of the quietest places at home, so it’ll keep your mind and body more calm.
Is 4am the best time to meditate? (But only if you’re up!)
Yes, 4am (and on the flip side, 4pm) is the best time for a morning meditation given that the angle between the earth and the sun is 60 degrees, giving you a sense of balance when you’re in the sitting position.
Plus, your brain is still in a natural meditative state as you’ll likely still be sleepy. We only recommend you meditate at 4am if you’re usually up then, but if not, then start your morning meditation when you’ve naturally woken up be that 6am, 7am, 8am etc…
Benefits of morning meditation
-Meditation releases endorphins, so even if you have to wake up slightly earlier than usual, then these energy-boosting endorphins will actually make you feel more pumped to start the day. In fact, you may feel that you can skip your first cup of coffee, or simply reduce the number of cups you drink.
-You’ll become more focused and be able to prioritise the important things of the day, while filtering out the unnecessary.
-You’ll begin to feel empowered as you take control of your day and keep in check any unwanted feelings of negativity, as you’re the ‘boss’ of your day. Realise your ability to keep stress at bay having woken up ‘correctly.’
-As your daily habit of morning meditation becomes more ingrained in your lifestyle, you’ll find that you also become more mindful of the types of food you eat- rather than go for sugary foods to help you feel more awake, you’ll likely go for the healthier options.