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If we sit down to meditate first thing in the morning, we experience calm and focus.
One of the greatest meditators of all time, attained the peak of meditative experience at sunrise under a tree in Bodhgaya, Northern India, some 2,600 years ago.
Sitting completely still, he gently rested into the present moment and observed the ultimate nature of his mind. Recognizing that there is no difference between anything or anyone, he dissolved all obstacles and attained permanent inner peace.
Since that time, people all over the world have practiced morning meditation, establishing an experience of peace and calm in their life.
We can also experience these benefits of a meditation practice in both our internal and external world.
When the sun rises, everything awakens. A new experience dawns. Whatever has happened previously, we can take the new morning as a fresh start. There is a clear energy and a sharpness. We can tap into this energy and it can positively influence us.
If we sit down to meditate first thing in the morning, we experience calm and focus. This feeling stays with us the rest of our day, influencing our mind, mood and mental state. Like having a good friend within, meditation encourages us to be patient and peaceful.
I have found that morning meditation completely transforms my day. When my alarm clock rings, I rise out of bed, have a wash, drink a glass of water, and try not to become distracted by my phone, email or breakfast. Then I sit down in a quiet room overlooking the garden and river and engage in a morning meditation.
This is how my 30-minute meditation goes… If you like the sound of it, please try it for yourself or play around with the structure. You can adjust the length of the session depending on your schedule. This meditation combines a series of mindfulness practices: mindful listening, mindful body, mindful breathing and mindful mind. They can also be practiced individually if you wish to gain deeper experience of one element of the training.
Okay, so let’s practice!