Meditation: An Awesome Start to Your Day

Meditation: An Awesome Start to Your Day

Starting Everyday with a Little Meditation

Something that has really intrigued me for the last year is meditation. Until a few months ago I had read a lot on the subject and finally decided to give it a go. I read a book called 10% Happier by Dan Harris, which I highly recommend. Dan is an anchor on Nightline, who happened to have a panic attack on the air a few years ago. While searching for a solution to his attacks, he took up meditation and found that it made a noticeable difference in his life. I’ve read dozens of studies on the benefits, but I think it took reading Dan’s first-hand account to really inspire me to give it a try. Take a look at the video below to get a glimpse of the book/Dan’s story.

Another area of interest for me this past year has been morning routines. I love learning about how some of the world’s most successful people spend their mornings before heading into work, and meditation is one of the activities that seems to show up again and again. CEO’s, world leaders, and many of the people I look up to choose to meditate in the morning or at night – I had to give it a try. The Huffington Post released a story last year that highlighted some of the most famous people who choose to mediate. Take a look at the article.

huffington post meditation

After one week I was hooked. It’s not the secret to happiness or the cure to all of life’s problems, all I can say is I feel much better on days when I meditate. I downloaded a free meditation app (that basically just keeps track of time and dings a bell when your session is over) and dove in head first. Here’s a basic outline of what to do if you’re interested.

1. Sit cross-legged in a comfortable place on the floor.

I have a quarter-inch yoga mat in my bedroom I use that does the trick. Keep your back straight and your head held high. Try envisioning a string pulling you up from the top of your head.

2. Close your eyes and try to clear your head.

Some people use a mantra, a one or two-word phrase to keep their mind from racing. This should be something personal to you, but it’s in no way necessary.

3. Be conscious of your breathing.

For me, this is the most important part. When my mind starts to wander, I always come back to my breathing. Focus on taking slow, deep breaths. Getting control over your breathing is what makes meditation such a kick-ass combatant for anyone battling daily anxiety.

4. To start, try going for as little as 3-5 minutes.

Do this for a week, and then add a bit more time. I meditate for around 10 minutes every morning and 5 every night now, and honestly, it’s something I’ll probably do forever.
Give it a try!

 


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