Morning Meditation to Start the Day
Meditating in the morning is a great way to start your day! Starting the day with a period of morning meditation helps you point your day in the right direction. When we tune into our deeper intentions right upon awakening, we lay a foundation of mindfulness, awareness, and kindness from the beginning.
Finding the Time to Meditate
Everyone is different, and you should find for yourself what the best time of morning to meditate is. Some people find it most beneficial to sit immediately upon awakening in the morning. I like to do this myself. You can try meditating in the morning before eating breakfast, looking at your phone, or doing anything else. By doing this, you can perhaps sit with a mind that is relatively uncluttered by the normal everyday chaos that we face. It can be hard to build this routine and change it up, but it is worth investigating.
Another option is to do a morning meditation after you have your day started. You can eat breakfast, handle any quick tasks that need to be done, and then meditate. I sometimes do this myself, as our cats demand to be fed immediately upon my awakening or I have an email that is urgent. This may be more practical and sustainable for you. Maybe it isn’t, and you find the mind rather active and busy if you go this route.
Whatever time you decide to sit and practice in the morning, be open to investigating what works for you. I’ve found that what works during one period of my life may not work forever. Sometimes I am able to wake up in the morning and sit right away. Other times I have life events happening and need to handle them before sitting.
Building the Habit
When we sit in the morning, we have the opportunity to create a habit. You may find a time that works for you, perhaps immediately upon getting out of bed. Maybe it’s after eating breakfast. You have to find what works for you. Try a few different times in the morning and see what feels right for you and your life.
Try setting the intention of sitting every morning for a week. Even if it’s just five minutes, sit every morning for a week and see where it gets you. We have an incredible ability to build new habits, and we can make morning meditation a part of our daily ritual. Wake up in the morning and sit for a few minutes in practice. Although it may be difficult at first, it will get much easier as time goes on!
Guided Morning Meditation
Listen to our 5 minute guided morning meditation on mindfulness below and get your day started right!
One Mind Dharma offers a community morning meditation on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings in Petaluma, California. If you’re in Sonoma County, come join us! Check out our schedule below to see the times of our morning meditations. All groups are donation-based and open to meditators of all experience levels!