Tips for Morning Meditations
Have you been wanting to create a morning meditation ritual but can't seem to implement it into your routine? I was actually one of those people that would decide to wake up and meditate daily and I would do good for days 1 and 2 but on day 3, I would say "forget it" and I would choose to (kind of) go back to sleep. I recognized that on the days that I woke up and meditated, I felt so clear and wonderful! Honestly, I even felt MORE awake on the days that I meditated versus on the days when I got that extra 30 minutes of self indulgent sleep. But on that 3rd day, my will power just would not budge and my intention to meditate was a big bust. That little bit of extra sleep didn't even make me feel more rested; I was in fact, resisting what was trying to unfold for me, which ultimately, created more suffering.
I tried getting straight up out of bed with my meditation pillow and salt lamp next to my bed, ready to simply roll out of bed and into meditation. I would even have a guided meditation prepared to listen to, BUT what was happening, is that I was still in my sleep phase/cycle. The meditation took on the effect of hitting the snooze button 4 or 5 times. I wasn't really meditating. I was just kind of snoozing sitting up. So, I gave up. I remember even telling my friend that I will never be a "morning meditator".
Next thing I know, I get a job that requires me to get up super early. When it comes to work, most of us can dig in deep to make it happen and rearrange our routine as needed. What I found out was that I really enjoyed the early mornings! And I also realized that my cushy, comfy set up next to my bed was not the right recipe to wake up to and successfully meditate. My next realization was that if I set my alarm for 10 minutes earlier, I had time to get completely ready but also to have time for a few minutes of clearing my mind and visualizing my whole day/week. Like I had the opportunity to have a third eye view of life before it even happens in this very calm, peaceful way - which made a huge difference in my attitude and energy level!
Then I decided to raise the bar more and create aspects of ritual by adding in morning Ayurvedic techniques. What I have found is that this process of ritual has enhanced my mornings and meditation practice to a whole new level!!
Here is my morning mediation ritual:
Step 1: leave a glass of water by my bed so as soon as I wake up, I drink this glass of water and re-hydrate my body.
Step 2: go to the bathroom
Step 3: scrape my tongue 10 times, brush teeth, swish with coconut oil while I am in shower (oil pulling)
Step 4: dry brush (oh my gosh, the most exhilarating practice ever! You will instantly be AWAKE and ready to take on the day after dry brushing)
Step 5: shower (spit out coconut oil in trash can after shower) and get dressed
Step 6: meditate (usually 10-15 minutes while my coffee or tea is steeping)
Step 7: hydrate again
A final tip: Be mindful of consuming caffeine before meditation. Caffeine will get your adrenaline moving and your blood pumping, which is what it is supposed to do. However, if you caffeinate before mediation, you will not be able to relax and create peaceful energy. I highly recommend in this order: hydrate, meditate, hydrate again, then caffeinate. :) Take time to clear and settle the mind giving yourself a deeper sense of Self, purpose, and peace. If you have too much caffeine, you not be able to sit down with yourself and this whole practice will be a bust. If you MUST caffeinate, consider a lower level of caffeine such as green tea versus dark roast coffee.
I have discovered that after I have gone through the steps of this morning ritual, meditation, and I sit down with my coffee or tea - that it is the most enjoyable cup EVER. I feel like everything is unfolding the way it is meant to be, nothing rushed, everything handed out in perfect measure by the universe. You start to notice that time of meditation and ritual enhances your life in this really beautiful way. It not something that is a chore, or makes you feel tired/groggy. It is something that feeds your soul in this innate, deep way that makes you feel good - and that is the medicinal quality of mediation. I realize that is ABSOLUTELY attainable for me to be a "morning meditator". I just had to keep exploring different recipes that work the best for me.
I hope this has been helpful and encouraging for you! If you have any questions, please reach out to me and we can continue to grow and evolve together.