“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aureliu
Most people know the saying and question, “Did someone wake up on the wrong side of the bed?” Though we may be tempted to ask someone that query, it never feels good to hear. What it should tell you is that the way we start our mornings have a heavy impact on the way the rest of our day will go. If you wake up late and have to rush to get ready and eat breakfast before running out the door, you may feel scattered for most of the day.
Have you ever tried meditating in the morning?
Taking 10 minutes to sit and be with your thoughts can have a profound impact on your mental state. There are lots of ways to get your day off to a great start, and practicing meditation is a good one. Practicing meditation can reduce stress, encourage a healthy lifestyle, increase self-awareness, happiness, acceptance, and it can even slow ageing. Kick starting these benefits first thing in the morning could very well change the course of your day.
There are many ways to meditate, and if you’ve never practiced before it might seem hard to get started. Never fear, the internet is here! YouTube provides many free meditation videos that can lead you through a short practice. People respond differently to forms of meditation, so it may take some trial and error to figure out what works for you, but here are some examples to get you started:
Do you practice meditation or have other ways to mindfully start your day? We’d love to hear from you!
Cassandra Van Dyck