We all get up in the morning. We all have our routines that we go through in order to “get our day started”. The problem that I’ve noticed recently is that lack of structure and thought into our waking, pre-day, rituals. We have been conditioned to believe that we need to wake up, make coffee, eat (or not), read or listen to the news, and rush out the door hoping we miss the traffic. Let’s break this process down:
Waking Up: We usually wake up with “just” enough time to get ourselves presentable for what is required of us at our job. We tend to dread the morning, as it reminds us of the things we are required to do rather than the things we want to do. Therefore, we simply avoid waking up to another work day.
Make Coffee: This is our stimulating time to “jump-start” our day so that we “feel human”. Honestly, if we need something outside ourselves to get us going in the morning, we need to reevaluate our lives. There is absolutely no reason why we would need a boost after we just rested for 6-10 hours. Let’s check out our diet and see if the things we are putting in our body are yielding the results we want. When we need a caffeine boost, this usually means that our diet is such that it is not supporting our body the way it should. Invest in vegetables, clean protein, and Essential Fatty Acids. I always start my day with 3-10 eggs, protein powder, one whole raw vegetable, tea, and 3 large glasses of water.
News: Reading news media can set up our day for failure without even realizing it. When we take time to pay attention to the current trends on our news feed, we absorb the negativity that is being transmitting through the media. Claims are that 85% of all news media is negatively driven, suggesting, and structured. The news media corporations know that by using “shock and awe” they can gain readers and sell more advertising. Instead, set yourself apart by listening or reading something uplifting in the morning. I personally listen to 15mins of something inspirational or motivational during my meditation period. This accounts for half of my 30minute meditation, the other half devoted to complete silence.
Meditation is the cap to the morning start. By doing this, you set yourself up for a mentally emotionally protected day, against the negativity that comes at us from all directions.
To further reinforce this concept, the following 8 components are benefits of morning meditation:
#1: ELIMINATES ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Regular meditation increases levels of the neurotransmitters SEROTONIN and GABA which are mood stabilizers. Lowered levels of GABA have been associated with increased anxiety, tension and insomnia. Lowered levels of Serotonin are associated with depression. Increasing serotonin levels is one of the most significant meditation benefits in my opinion since so many people today use anti-depressants to influence Serotonin levels.
#2: IMPROVED AND LASTING SENSE OF WELL-BEING
One way to get a “natural high” is to increase the endorphins in the body. Many people have experienced this “high” from exercise. Meditation also increases endorphin levels in the body.
#3: QUIETS MIND CHATTER
When the brain enters a meditative state, one of the benefits of meditation is that the brain has actually “shifted gears” from a “busy mind of Beta frequency” down to a relaxed, calm state of Alpha, Theta or for deep meditation, Delta. Our bodies automatically respond to each brainwave frequency (of Beta, Alpha, Theta or Delta) and become nervous or anxious (in Beta) or calm and relaxed (in Alpha.) Easy meditation techniques such as brainwave meditation automatically put the brain into different states, thus directing the body to respond accordingly and produce appropriate chemicals.
#4: INCREASED EMOTIONAL MATURITY
Regular mediation not only quiets the mind and body, but also gives rise to increased self-awareness. This gives many people the opportunity to see themselves more objectively and to effectively make change.
#5 IMPROVES CONCENTRATION
Because meditation allows you to get into a state of stability, you are able to improve on your concentration skills. Being able to easily focus and concentrate on something is a great advantage whether at work, at home or even when in stressful situations. With this kind of skill, you become more productive and most likely successful.
#6 DEVELOPS PATIENTS
Daily meditation helps you become calm and have that positive disposition and this becomes really handy most especially during those instances where you are in a difficult situation. being patient is also another way of being free of stress because you do not easily get annoyed and you have a strong resistance against being angry and mad particularly on situations you have no control of.
#7 IMPROVES HEART HEALTH
Improves cardiovascular health. When a person meditates, the body goes into a relaxed state which in turn lowers your heart rate and blood pressure. It also improves circulation and the steady breathing makes sure that your whole body receives oxygen. All of these improve cardiovascular health.
#8 INCREASES CREATIVITY
Increases creativity. It was observed that people who come up with the brightest of ideas include meditation in their everyday routine. When a person meditates, it doesn’t actually mean that the mind stops working, but it actually makes the mind and spirit more active and more open. It then allows more inspiration which sparks creativity and bright ideas.
You have no time to waste in starting a-new! Take the next available 15 minutes and sit in complete silence concentrating on your breathing. You will be better, and the world because of it.