Been thinking about starting a meditation routine but have no idea where to start?
Yep, this is a common thing for most of us, especially when starting out.
We want to do it…
We plan to do it…
But when it comes to actually doing it, we have NO IDEA what we’re doing or where to start….
Don’t worry, if this is you. I was once there too.
In the beginning, I particularly struggled with getting comfortable during meditation. If you haven’t heard much about my story you can check out a brief snippet here.
But I knew that overtime, I would be able to learn how to meditate in the morning like others who raved about it.
What you may be surprised to learn, is that meditation has been scientifically prove to have a profound range of benefits. Not only for our mental health but also our physical health and spirituality.
That’s why it can be so advantageous to meditate in the morning, before you’ve started your day.
The Benefits of Morning Meditation
When you meditate in the morning, you are setting your day up on a positive by:
- Relieving any stress, anxiety or tension that you wake up with that day
- Reducing any stress or anxiety from the previous day
- Getting you to focus your mind and improve concentration
- Centring your mind and re-energising your body
- Gradually waking you up to the day, rather than being shocked by an abrupt alarm (that scares the Bajeesus out of you!!)
- Giving you a chance to stretch out any stiffness and tune in to you body and how you’re feeling
You can check out the whole range of benefits associated with meditation here;
Common Barriers When Learning to Meditate in the Morning
When trying to establish a morning meditation routine, there are a couple of common challenging that newbies tend to experience:
- That inner voice convinces us that we’d rather sleep in than get up 10 minutes early
- We find our mind getting regularly distracted due to thinking about what we need to do on our daily to do list
- We don’t allow enough time to meditate and to come out of meditation relaxed. Therefore, you find yourself rushing around to get ready for work, which totally contradicts the practice in the first place.
- You struggle with being distracted by others (eg. Family members, kids, etc)
- You feel bad potentially waking your partner up due to getting up earlier than they do
If you’re planning to meditate in the morning, the best thing you can do is to notify those around you that your meditation practice is a “no disturb time”.
Find a time that best suits everyone (especially if your a mum with young kids) and then communicate the importance of having this you time to your partner and also your kids.
If you’re single, you dealt the much easier straw!!
Communication is key guys, and setting expectations for those around you.
If you don’t communicate, you’ll only get frustrated when people interrupt you which again, defies the point of your practice.
Also ensure to get into the habit of getting up early enough to allow time for meditation, but also time to come back to the present post-meditation.
If you’re a newbie starting from scratch 10 minutes for both should be plenty (Meditate for 3-5 minutes, and then have 5 minutes either side).
How to Meditate in the Morning
Here are the basic steps of meditation:
- Get into your preferred meditation pose – take a seat on a chair, get into a seated pose or lie down on the floor
- Turn on your preferred meditation music or playlist– This can help to get you into the right mood and also help with concentration
- Set a timer for meditation – That way, you won’t feel stressed if your meditation session goes over time
- Breath in and out, deeply and slowly – This will help you to relax your body and tune in to the present moment
- Focus on your breath and tune in to your body and surroundings – This again, helps you to focus on the present moment rather than worrying about the past of future things you need to do for the day
- As the mind wanders, bring your attention back – whether it be to your breath, the music or a guided meditation
The above steps are a very basic summary on how to meditate, but there is a lot more detail that you’re likely to need to learn to help you along the way.
If you need some additional guidance and help navigating through the steps of meditation, check out our complete Journey to Calm Meditation Course.
In this course, I teach you:
- How to meditate in the morning
- How to build a meditation habit and daily routine
- The importance of addressing myths and common challenges people face in the beginning
- Many other tips and tricks that can help you on your meditation journey
I also highlight some strategies you can implement to help you meditate in the morning, even when you’re not a morning person!
If you’re not quite ready for a full blown course, why not check out our FREE / Lite version.
In the Lite version of the course, you’ll gain an insight into the basics of meditation, how it can benefit our health, how I use meditation for stress and anxiety relief, and also a sneak peak inside the complete Meditation course.
That way you can decide where it’s something you’d like to progress with.
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