A small amount of time spent increasing your awareness is enough to drastically increase your overall productivity and personal fulfillment.
When we lose track of what’s going on inside our hearts and minds in exchange for trying to control the world around us, we become less capable of doing either.
Mindfulness is about being present and takes dedicated, daily practice and implementation.
If you make the effort to keep your attention from fleeting from one thing to another, you can live life much more effectively and thoroughly.
Everything happens so fast that it’s all you can do to just keep up with the ever changing scenery. It’s easy to get preoccupied with always processing all the things that happened the day before, or last week, while also trying to plan and prepare for tomorrow— and with that, your thoughts and appreciation for the the present day get all used up!
Being more mindful about the way you are thinking and feeling about things helps you make better decisions throughout your day because you have factored your own needs into your thoughts and opinions already.
If you are true to yourself, you will be happier with your life. Using meditation helps you figure out how to do this better.
Just 10-20 minutes at the start of your day can improve your work ethic, your attitude, your judgement, your eating habits, your timeliness and your overall sense of gratitude. Why wouldn’t you want to give yourself such a gift?
Here are 15 great ways to start making a morning meditation a habit in your life and ideas about how to spend that time.
1. Take time for yourself
Make a time slot at some point during your day that is dedicated to yourself.
It doesn’t have to be a long time, just 10-20 minutes of uninterrupted quiet and clarity. This is hardly ever easy to do for anyone, so don’t feel bad if it sounds easier said than done. That’s why you have to plan ahead of time.
Try to wake up just a little earlier than normal, or leave earlier so you can get away from the distractions of home.
2. Set your daily intention
Think ahead of time about what kind of intentions or goals you have for the day.
What do you want to accomplish? What kind of person do you want to be? How are you going to do this? If you give yourself a chance to contemplate these things beforehand, it will be easier to relax and quiet your mind during your meditation instead of racing though all the things that will be happening that day.
3. Seize the moment
Concentrate on the moment. This is a new day.
You have the ability to have any kind of day you want. You’re in control of each moment.
If you are aware of them happening in real time, you will have a greater appreciation for the unique power it gives you to create your life.
4. Cultivate your inner smile
When you get there, take a few deep breaths and smile.
Smiling releases happy chemicals in your brain which will help make your thoughts and feelings more positive. It will also help you relax and prepare yourself for a productive meditation.
5. Feel your body
Be aware of how your body feels. Listen what it’s trying to tell you.
Are you about to fall asleep because you didn’t sleep well or for long enough? Are your muscles sore from sleeping wrong or overworking them? Do you feel dehydrated?
Your body is always taking care of you and it can be easy to take it for granted, make sure you are taking care of it too. Drink more water, get more sleep, and exercise more often. You will appreciate all the positive effects!
6. Find your zen place
Pick a place where you feel comfortable. It’s a good idea when you are just starting out to continually use a familiar place.
7. Quiet your thoughts
Meditation is a way we let the dust settle and the ripples in the water clear in our heads.
It’s difficult to stop the constant mental chatter that is going on every moment, but when you try, and practice, you can learn to put things away and let yourself relax.
8. Find your roadblocks
Acknowledge the important things you are having a hard time not thinking about. These are the things that you should work on in your day. If you can’t let them go, you need to work them out so that you can have some peace.
9. Practice forgiveness
Allow forgiveness for any mistakes that are still lingering in your conscience. The only thing you can try to do, is be better.
At least if you learn something and use it to become a better person, then it can still be positive!
10. Think of the ones you love
Radiate loving vibrations to them from your heart center.
Focus on igniting a fire of love and passion in your heart, and feel the warmth and wholeness that it provides your soul. Use that love to help make others feel good throughout your day.
If you can improve just one day, you have changed the world for that person, and that is something to be proud of!
11. Let your anxiety go
Release any tension that your body is holding on to. Allow yourself to become completely relaxed and at home in your space.
This is your chance to feel grounded and still for a little while before you start your day. This feeling will be easier to come back to throughout your day if you have established it early on.
12. Stay focused
Think about the tips of your fingers. Bring your focus and attention to all 10 of them. Think only of your fingertips and direct energy through them.
This will help you connect with yourself in the moment and bring you to here and now.
13. Discover the power of mindfulness
Create the desire to be present in the things you are doing throughout your day.
When you’re having lunch, think about your food. See it, taste the flavors; appreciate that you have it. Try not to be concerned with the other things going on in that day. For the moment, be in the moment.
During the other things happening, be present for those as well. Give 100% of yourself so that you can feel like you did the best you could and were genuine.
14. Be grateful
Prepare yourself for the day. Give yourself some credit for all that you do and how hard you work.
Be grateful for having a new day to experience. Whatever happens today, you can handle, you will do it the best that you are able to do, and that will be enough.
15. Commit to yourself
Practicing mindfulness and meditation is a powerful skill.
You are the only one who can truly master yourself and what it means to be you.
If you take responsibility for becoming more in tune with the things that are important to you and constantly making yourself better, there is no limit to how much progress you can make.
Like anything, it takes time and maintenance, but if you think of it as the best time you spend in your day, you will fully be able to appreciate the beauty that can be found in every meditation.