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Have you ever wondered; “when is the best time to meditate?”. Like many other people you might also wonder if you will get more out of your meditation from practicing at a certain time of day. Put simply, meditating in the morning is not inherently better than meditating at any other time of day. There are benefits to afternoon meditation as well. However, morning meditation has many advantages.
Keep reading to understand the differences between morning and afternoon meditation. Also, feel free to skip ahead for an overview of how you can incorporate it in-to your daily practice.
Benefits of Morning Meditation
Believe it or not, the top meditation experts (buddhist monks) wake up at 4 a.m. everyday for morning meditation. If your schedule is anything like mine then a 4 a.m. meditation session would quickly turn in to sleeping until 5 a.m. Despite how painful this ritual sounds, there are major benefits to having a morning meditation routine. Here are a few:
- The mind is more clear in the morning which allows you to reach a calm state more quickly.
- Typically, your schedule is not busy early in the morning.
- Hopefully, your body is also refreshed from a full-night sleep; helping you get the most out of your body scan meditation.
- The house is normally quieter early in the morning so you can be free from distraction.
- Establishing a morning routine is key to success. Just ask successful people like Barack Obama, Michelle Gass, Tony Robbins and many others.
- Provided you give yourself some time to wake up before meditation, you aren’t as tired early in the morning as you would be at night.
- We are most creative in the morning which allows you to get more out of meditating.
- It sets the tone for your day.
- Morning meditations that involve intention setting allow you to develop clear goals for your day.
How to do Morning Meditation
If you wish to move your normal meditation to the morning time, that will work just fine. It might be beneficial to observe how you feel after doing the same meditation at two different times of the day. You may find that you get more out of your evening meditation if you change the time to early morning.
Nonetheless, there are many morning meditations which are specific to establishing goals for the day or enhancing your morning energy. Regardless of whether or not you choose to try a new meditation, I recommend finding a quiet meditation spot that is not your bed. If you just wake up and start meditating from bed, you are more likely to fall asleep. Force yourself to get out of bed and go to a quiet room where meditation is your only focus. Below are a few guided morning meditations that you can use to mix it up.
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Abraham Hicks Morning Meditation
This morning meditation is guided by Abraham Hicks. She is an inspirational speaker with radical ideas centered around the law of attraction. This guided excerpt is good for anyone who is looking for a positive start to their day. You may even be able to tap in to the universe’s intelligence with Abraham as your guide.
What I Found from Morning Meditation
After you make these morning meditations a consistent part of your routine for several months, you may start to notice some changes. In fact, after just 10 days of practicing morning meditation every day, I felt more clear throughout my day. Additionally, adversities like writers block or website issues did not make me as agitated. I confronted these challenges with a level head and overcame them more efficiently. However, the results only come to fruition if you can make this a habit. Keep reading for tips on how to stick with your new morning routine.
Tips for Making it a Stable Habit
Any new routine is hard to stick with. We can all relate to times when we find that novel health kick that is going to change our life and look back three months later to realize that we never stuck with it. Unfortunately, for a routine to be effective, we need to practice it everyday for a long time. Further, the best way to stick with a routine for a long time is to turn it in-to a habit. Habits are awesome in that we do them without thinking. Just like when you wake up in the morning and make a cup of coffee without thinking, you want to wake up and meditate without thinking. Below are some tips to make this happen:
- Commit to practicing for 30 days in a row. This should be enough time to make it a habit.
- Practice every day within those 30 days. If you skip your morning meditation or only end up practicing a few times per week, you tell your mind that this new behavior is not as important as whatever the replacement may be.
- Start with a short meditation session and work your way up. Do not start out with a 30 minute morning meditation. This will be hard to do everyday. Instead, start with 5-10 minutes for the first 30 days and work up to 30 minutes.
- Set reminders in any way you can like alarms on your phone or notes on your coffee machine.
- Make it easy to meditate by setting up a proper meditation room.
- Find a friend who will do your morning meditation with you.
- Find role models who will help motivate you to meditate. There are plenty of videos on youtube that will help get your day started off right.
On top of the general benefits of meditation, morning meditation has the added advantages of a morning routine. Practicing morning meditation each day can be a great way to start off right and maintain mental health. I hope this post helped you work morning meditation in to your routine. Please leave a comment below if you ended up trying any of these meditations.
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