How to Get Started with Morning Meditation
You’ve probably heard that meditation is good for you. Maybe you’ve even tried it yourself in the past but couldn’t really get into it especially in the morning.
There are so many benefits of meditating first in the morning, such as setting yourself up for a day of more focus and calm, reducing frustration and stress, and feeling grounded. But how do you get started if it doesn’t come naturally to you? Here are some of our top tips for starting morning meditation right away.
Decide on Your Meditation Time
Think about what time you normally wake up and what time you normally start your day, whether that means walking out the door to head to work or starting your day at home.
Decide on a time during your morning where you’ll fit in a couple minutes of meditation (and you really do just need a couple minutes — more on that below). Maybe it’s as soon as you sit up in bed, after you brush your teeth, in your parked car outside work, or before you have your morning coffee.
Make this your meditation time.
Pick Your Meditation Location
Where you meditate doesn’t matter so much as long as you can have a few minutes of uninterrupted quiet. It could be outside your home, on your couch, on your bed, or even in your car before you drive. Just choose a spot that’s comfortable and quiet.
Start Very Small
Many people assume they have to start out meditating for at least 10 minutes right out of the gate, but that’s not true at all. In fact, starting small is better and gives you a better chance of sticking with it.
Begin with only two minutes per day of meditating. Even if you’ve found meditating to be extremely uncomfortable, two minutes is a small enough time to give it a try.
Let Yourself Be Comfortable
You also don’t need to sit in a certain position or on a special meditation cushion to do meditation “right.”
Just choose somewhere that is comfortable and allows you to connect with your body. That could be lying down, sitting with feet flat on the floor, or sitting in a cross-legged position. Just think about what works best for you.
Just Focus on Breathing
Don’t think too much about the “correct” way to meditate. Just focus on your breathing, going in and out.
Breathe in through your nose, noticing as it comes in and goes down your throat, filling up your lungs and stomach. Breathe out through your nose and follow the breathe as it goes out the opposite way.
If you notice thoughts coming up, let them! They will come. Just imagine yourself gentle pushing them to the back of your mind as you continue to focus on the breath going in and out.
And that is how you start a morning meditation practice! Try this out for a week, giving yourself grace if it seems difficult at first. That’s okay. As you meditate more often, you might find yourself wanting to increase the amount of time for your meditation. That’s great too. Just find what feels right to you, and enjoy the benefits of meditating that will inevitably pour into other facets of your life.