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Elysian Being: Morning Meditation

Written by Jessica Comingore and Loren Crosier

For a long time, my mornings went a little something like this — wake up to the sound of my phone alarm, a rush of panic washes over me as I start to think about all of the things I have to do that day, roll out of bed groggy, hop in the shower and scramble to get out the door. Sound familiar? I think it’s a common occurrence to not give ourselves the time, solitude and reflective quiet it takes to properly start our days. I’ve remedied this in more recent years with earlier bed times, earlier morning alarms and some AM exercise, though it wasn’t until recently that a friend got me on board with the power of morning meditation.

For a long time I thought of meditation as something only a zen monk or yoga teacher could have the patience to practice. My mind is always running a mile a minute, how could I possibly sit still and be present for 5, 10, 20 minutes? For this reason, I never gave it a chance and continued to use my other morning practices as my own form of “meditation” (which is a viable option too, so long as you’re doing them with a clear mind). Somewhere around the beginning of the summer I downloaded an app (which seems slightly contradictory in hindsight) to test drive the real thing — sitting comfortably to guided meditation first thing after I woke up in the morning. As it turns out, all of the expectations I had for what you were supposed to be able to “achieve” during meditation were just that — expectations — and there really is no rhyme or reason to it.

The main thing I’ve learned from my beginning stages of this practice is to never chase your thoughts. It’s something I typically do all day long as a natural worrier and perfectionist, but somehow tacking an analogy onto it (one session compared it to running out into a street of traffic with cars headed in every direction) has made it much easier to be aware and just observe my thoughts as someone standing on the sidelines instead of sprinting after them. Thoughts come in and out of the mind spontaneously, and it’s our job to just let them go the way they come.

I think meditation can be done at any time of the day when you’re feeling overwhelmed, but as all things go, starting your day with the practice sets the tone for a mindful and considerably less frazzled day ahead. I think it’s certainly a skill that needs to be practiced given our societal pressures to go, go, go, but I can feel the difference in just these past few months of taking the time to understand that chasing thoughts is quite useless, not to mention stressful. All we have is the right now, and letting go of what we think we should be doing at any given moment is a powerful tool. If that reminder can come in the form of a quiet 10 minute session each morning, I’m all about it. —Jessica

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Morning time; the time when I feel most energized and calm, the most sacred part of my day. Even if you aren’t a morning person there is something to be said about the power of the first few hours of the day. The beginning sets the tone for what’s to come and I find that meditating actions (including meditation) help solidify my foundation for the day. As a highly anxious person, perfectionist, business owner, human being, I, like many people, struggle with insecurities and lows, times where I am stuck in my head and unable to remember what I have to be grateful for. It’s interesting how a really great book, inspiring podcast, or killer workout and the highs that come with it are often fleeting. I feel like each day I am reborn and have to remind myself the same things to get those same moments of clarity and confidence.

My morning meditations help me combat these lows and help remind me of what I believe and the things that I have learned. The days that I take the time to recharge first thing, I don’t necessarily find that my stress goes away but I find myself connecting with that first intention or my first mantra I set during my meditation, and it usually helps me from getting too buried in my own doubts. My morning meditations manifest in a few ways. First, I get a glass of water, sometimes warm water with lemon. I never crave water first thing so drinking water is a way for me to start my day with self care, identifying that my body needs to feel good in order for me to feel good. I try to drink it slowly and think about how great it feels.

The second meditation I practice is making my bed. This is a recent habit that I have formed after spending a good 25 years of not making my bed. I never thought it was important until a few great blog posts and provoking conversation with an individual made me want to be a “person who makes their bed.” Because there are only two types of people you can really be in that regard right? I think of it as a “spillover habit,” as it helps me be a little more patient and mindful. I feel like forfeiting two minutes of my time to do something that makes me feel even a smidge happier at the end of the day (when I get to go to bed in a welcoming bed) is worth it.

And of course there is general meditation. This is also something new to me so I haven’t completely mastered the art of tuning out for more than ten minutes. For me it kind of looks like me sitting on my freshly made bed, eyes closed, aware of my breath filling up my body, thinking reaffirming thoughts. This is where I set an intention and take a moment to practice gratitude. By starting my day off in a positive mood I feel like I am able to take my day in stride and confront things with a clear mind. —Loren

 

Take-Aways

01. Make Your Bed! For Productivity, Profit, and Peace
02. Simply Being: Guided Meditation for Relaxation and Presence
03. The Benefits of Lemon Water
04. All It Takes Is 10 Mindful Minutes by Andy Puddicombe
05. Oprah’s The Power of Gratitude

Comments (10)

  • julie

    t h a n k y o u s o m u c h .
    Jessica, Loren – I just wanted to thank you from all my heart for sharing your ideas and thoughts and being so inspiring from afar, all the best, julie

    • Jessica Comingore

      Thanks so much, Julie! We’re so glad you find the column inspiring and hope you’ll continue to find valuable things to take from here. 🙂

  • fernand et firmin

    Interesting, this “make your bed” thing. But i quite get it, makes you feel more in control. Meditation is something that still feels very much far away from me so I’ll just start by making my bed. Baby steps right ? 😉

    • Jessica Comingore

      Haha, always! Gotta start somewhere. 🙂

  • lisa miller

    This is how I start my day as well….. so precious and full of gratitude, as today is all we have……

    • Jessica Comingore

      Couldn’t agree more!

  • Maja

    Love this! Meditation can be so challenging for me, but it’s always worth the time and effort.

    • Jessica Comingore

      I feel the same. It always takes a little extra effort to set aside the time, but always worth it.

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  • Julia

    Oh Jessica, Here’s another comment for you because I can relate to this article just as much as to “The hustle vs. your health”. I am meditating with that exact app (it’s headspace, right?) for almost a year now and it has literally changed my life. I went from being a complete crazy perfectionist and control-freak to being a very laid back, relaxed person and this is just the most amazing feeling i have ever felt in my life. i remember the first few weeks meditating where the benefits kicked in so surprisingly quickly i almost couldn’t believe it. it was summer and out of a sudden there was this overall calmness in my everyday life, something i had longed for for a really long time. i can only recommend everyone who reads this to at least try it and just see what happens.

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