Meditation doesn’t have to mean sitting in silence in a lotus position for an X amount of time, in order to relax your mind and body. The day’s start can really affect how you’ll feel until bedtime. So, instead of setting yourself on a spiritual journey through transcendental meditation, you can start a morning routine that will help your mind and body to rouse from the sleep state.
If the word “breakfast” can be understood as “breaking the fast” after a long night’s sleep, it is exactly why it is considered the most important meal of the day. Breakfast represents the first nutrient intake that provides us with the energy needed to start the day off. And what about the mind? How can we feed it to start the day fully prepared, conscious, aware and ready to focus on the important things in life?
A GOOD WAY TO START THE DAY
The routine to start a day with is a routine of your choice. It can be a simple cup of coffee or tea each morning after stretching by a sunlit window. Meditation does not require any special position (such as the lotus one). You can meditate while drinking coffee, and if anyone were to see you, it wouldn’t be obvious what you are doing. It is all about what is going on in your mind, and you can do your routine in any position. Including sitting down and drinking your first coffee of the day. If you prefer tea rather than coffee, then a nice cup of green tea, or matcha green tea powder, will soothe you in just the right way.
WHAT IS THE AIM OF MEDITATION?
It is designed to calm and quiet your mind. By focusing on your breath and putting yourself in a state of peace and relaxation, your thoughts start flowing in and out of your mind. It brings you to a higher level of awareness because of the focus which allows the inner transformation to take place.
However, achieving this kind of inner peace and awareness requires patience and discipline. The benefits of it are wonderful, like reducing anxiety and stress, and the best thing is that you don’t have to sit on the floor like a Buddhist or a Shaolin monk. Here is how you can do it.
Wake up in the morning and be aware of your thoughts, and let them flow in and out of your mind. Keep doing that as you get prepared for your morning ritual (showering, brushing teeth, getting dressed, and preparing a cup of tea or coffee). Sit in your quiet place and concentrate on drinking your morning drink. Be aware of the taste, feel the simple pleasure it gives you, and feel the warmth of the drink as it touches your lips and goes down your throat. Whenever you get distracted by a thought, put your focus back on the drinking pleasure. Never rush to finish it and stay present as you take the last few sips. Hold your empty cup for a moment, and feel the gratitude and appreciation of just being alive and present in the moment. Get up and slowly slide into your daily routine with the mindfulness you feel being here and now.
Everybody can meditate, wherever and whenever, just by managing to concentrate and put focus on the here and now. It is done by concentrating on the ongoing activity, like drinking a cup of coffee, but doing it with awareness. Even if you drink it at your favourite local coffee shop, with all the distractions and noise, you can transcend the distractions by using this meditation technique.
If you cannot find time to meditate, you can actually do it while drinking your tea or coffee in the morning. It is much better than drinking it in your car while rushing through traffic, with your mind racing everywhere. Perform your simple morning ritual and achieve inner peace and clarity of mind. Consume your drink in the now, not on the go.
Author Bio – Samantha has a B.Sc. in nutrition, and has spent two years working as a personal trainer. Since then, she has embarked on a mission to conquer the blogosphere. When not in the gym or on the track, you can find her on twitter, or in a tea shop.