Morning Meditation for a Peaceful Life
Meditation is often viewed as a practice reserved for eastern religions, but routine morning meditation can improve your life whether you’re a religious scholar, a busy mom, or a top executive.
The literal definition of meditation is the act of thinking, contemplating, considering, and reflecting. Meditation provides an opportunity to shut off the outside world – the noise, the busyness, the deadlines, the pressure, the negativity – as well as the judgment and disapproval that comes from your own internal voice. Taking time to meditate each morning can improve your mood, the way you view others, and the way you view yourself. It can improve your health by slowing your heart and respiration rates, lowering your blood pressure, and relaxing your posture.
Meditation is simple. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. There is no universal posture or script. Follow these tips and exercises to begin meditating for peace and wellness.
*Your primary focus when meditating is to stop distractions and clear your mind. Begin with a simple breathing meditation. Sit or stand in a comfortable position and breathe deeply, naturally in and out. Follow the breath with your mind: Acknowledge it as it enters the nostrils, passes through the airway, and fills the lungs, Feel the way it empties from the chest and exits through the nares.
*As thoughts enter your mind or the inner voice begins to speak to you, silence it. Replace the thoughts with slow, natural breaths. Focus on each breath, in and out. It can take many days, months, or years to silence the voice.
*To improve self-esteem and results throughout the day, affirm yourself during your meditation. Declare, “I am powerful. I am kind. I am beautiful. I am created perfectly. I am loved. I am special.” Declare the truths that you need to hear.
*Meditation tracks are available if you need guidance. You can also play slow, instrumental music quietly in the background.
*Schedule your meditation time in advance. Set an alarm to help awake earlier in the morning.
*If you are a spiritual person, you can use this time to connect with a higher power. If you are not, you can use this time to connect with your inner self.
*Try different forms of meditation until you find the right fit for you. Some people like repeating a mantra, some like movement, some like looking at the flame of a candle, and some like to focus on breathing. There is no right or wrong way to meditate.
Meditation can reduce stress, anxiety, and negative thoughts and feelings. It can improve symptoms of depression and lower blood pressure. Many people have even found relief from other diseases that flare up with stress including multiple sclerosis (MS), gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD), fibromyalgia, and stress-induced hives or shingles.