What is morning meditation? Why should you meditate in the morning? Here's what you need to know about morning mediation and how to do it.
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Do you ever feel like Atlas holding up the sky on your shoulders? Do you ever look for a motive to get you out of bed? Well, meditation is what you’re looking for!
Morning meditation is the relief we all need to face the day ahead! If you’re looking to know more about meditation, how it’s good for you, and why mornings are always best, read on.
Reasons to Meditate in the Morning
Of course, meditating at any time of the day is good for you. Nonetheless, if we got to choose a time, the morning would be best!
Meditation in the morning versus at night
Why not meditate at night? We all understand how hectic a day can be. And how sometimes all you need at the end of the day is to crawl into the comfort of your bed. So, meditating in the morning guarantees you get it done.
Start the day on the Right Foot
It may be a bit idealistic to strive to meditate each morning. But waking up late and running around like a madman or being half asleep at work doesn’t make for a fun day.
Getting your mind straight, your breathing steady, and the tension off your body first thing in the morning can give you a spring in your step for the rest of the day.
Better than Your Morning Coffee
The worst part about waking up is always the part where you’re torn between letting the grogginess wear off you or simply submitting to the overpowering urge to sleep. Meditation can help you with this internal dilemma. It’ll help you be up and ready for the day ahead in no time.
It can also aid you if you’re battling a caffeine addiction. Long story short, caffeine tricks your brain to continue working even though your body is drained.
Meditation, on the other hand, gets both your brain and body in active mode. It can work as a healthier alternative to coffee or at least decrease your consumption of it.
How Meditation Is Good for You
Although many of us hear of the calmness that results from meditation, we don’t necessarily get how that works. There’s also a lot of other benefits we don’t hear much about. So, let’s get into that!
Practice Until It Is Second Nature
Do you know how soldiers fight in a battle? Through all the overwhelming feelings, it’s the training that gets them through. It’s not their minds, but their hands that remember how to pull the trigger.
Meditation is training for your mind. You train your mind to relax and be in control. Once out in the arena, stress can no longer take hold of you. Your mind knows the way to quieten all the noise and let go of all the anxiety instead of going into fight or flight.
If You Have the Attention Span of a Goldfish, We Got You Covered!
Since we’re on the subject of training our minds, it’s worth mentioning how our attention-spans can be affected by it. Research has shown that meditation helps you stay focused on tasks. That’s because your mind already got its practice during your meditation sessions. It even helps kids and people with ADHD to maintain their attention.
Do You Know that Meditation Can Make You Feel Truly Content?
A part of meditation is based on self-reflection. So, imagine if every day you make time just to reflect on all that you have and count your blessings. It does make a difference.
Mindful meditation also works on your mental wellbeing. It trains your mind to be able to accept and move past unwanted or untimely thoughts. This will help you notice and fight any self-degrading thoughts, which can help you with self-compassion and self-worth.
It also stimulates the release of endorphins, hormones that make you feel good and increase happiness.
Video: Guided Morning Meditation
Its Work on the Nerves Is Worthy of a Magician
Our nervous system affects our gut, our blood pressure, our heart rate, immunity, and even our reproductive system. Meditation can have a soothing effect on our nerves. So basically, meditation doesn’t only keep your worries at bay, but it also keeps all your body systems working in harmony.
Types of Meditation and How They’re Done
Now that we know all about the benefits of meditation in the morning, let’s get to how you do it! All these different meditation techniques require a comfortable, quiet place.
The time of meditation could vary from 5 minutes to 20 minutes. The frequency matters more than the duration. Here are some meditations to try:
Mindfulness meditation is all about staying in the present moment. Take up a cross-legged position, close your eyes, straighten your back, and relax your muscles. Most importantly, keep your worries for the past and ambitions of the future locked away.
Focus on each breath, on how your body takes it in and lets it out. It might be a struggle to keep your mind from wandering, but always bring it back to the present. Once you’re done, focus your senses on yourself, on your surroundings, and on how you’ll tackle this day.
Transcendental meditation is similar to the mindfulness meditation in that it's about consciously eliminating thoughts. However, it’s different in that you focus on a mantra. This mantra could be anything. Some people like to repeat “I am worthy” or “ I am beautiful”. Hearing a phrase repeatedly will help it stick, so make it a positive one.
Body Scan Meditation
Body scan meditation helps you focus on your breath, appreciate your body, and relax your muscles . You can either start from your head and move downwards, or vice versa.
Lie down comfortably, then feel and control your breathing. Start with your head, acknowledge how it feels, how you feel about it, move it around, and breathe! Do this with your arms, legs, feet, and every other part of your body.
Although our reality is busy and crazy, it's essential that we make time for meditation in the morning to help us stay grounded and remind us of our purpose. Let’s do it for our minds, our souls, and our bodies.
1. Carmody, J. & Baer, R. A. (2008). Relationships between mindfulness practice and levels of mindfulness, medical and psychological symptoms, and well-being in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 31(1), 23-33.
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.