Whatever you call it, meditation should be a part of your day.
Last week I became aware of a habit I’ve developed since preparing to open the new clinic. I have been waking up and hopping on the computer to get some digital work completed (stay tuned in the coming months!). I realized that I was pouring my morning cup of warmth (tea or coffee, I’m a switcher) and bringing it directly to my computer desk.
For some reason, a conversation I had had with a friend about morning routines popped into my head.
I told her how I LOVE when you wake up in the morning, and your mind hasn't started yet. I spend the first 20-60 minutes of my day with my tea/coffee just existing.
She looked at me like I was crazy and started to laugh. She goes on to tell me, that the moment she gets up it's all hands on deck. She's a teacher, was pregnant at the time, AND had a new puppy. She tells me about making breakfasts and lunches, getting ready for the day and fitting in morning walks.
I always find these moments and conversations the best, we tend to get caught up in the idea that everyone thinks and feels exactly like us. It’s always a great reminder that your reality isn’t someone else’s reality – of course our mornings are going to look vastly different.
Months later after she had her baby, she told me "we just existed this morning" and I smiled. She told me it was just her and the baby soaking up those moments together losing track of time. Everyday can't be like that, so make sure you take time to be present and enjoy existing when the opportunity arises. She now has a 16 month old and I’m going to go out on a limb here assuming she doesn’t get those moments too often anymore.
I used to make it a priority to “meditate” with my morning cup of warmth for at least 5 minutes during this existing phase. My “meditation” wasn’t your vision of the girl in the pic above, it was focusing on my drink. Noticing the warmth of the cup in my hands and as I drank, the warmth through my body. I would smell the beverage I try to pick out the different flavour notes, and as I would sip, see if what my nose and tongue agreed about my choice that morning.
I’m making it a priority again.
Studies have shown that meditation helps to boost your health, happiness and success, along with a whole host of other benefits. Check out “20 scientific reasons to start meditating today” from Psycology Today with answers to “I can’t meditate because…” and common meditation myths. My favourite from the article:
"I don't have time - if you have time to read an article about meditation all the way through, you have time to meditate. Think of all those minutes you waste every day on the internet or otherwise, you can definitely fit in 20 minutes here or there to give your life a boost! Gandhi is quoted as saying "I'm so busy today, that... I'm going to meditate 2 hours instead of 1." - Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D.
Does this mean that you or I will be perfect and NEVER have a busy morning again? Obviously not, we all have other priorities and which one comes out on top will change from day to day. Today it might be meditating, tomorrow it might be taking care of the family.
Where might you find time to be present and just exist? Sitting with your cup of warmth in the morning, while you’re eating, beside your kiddo as you put them to bed, laying in bed on the weekend are just a few different ideas for you to start. It might feel like work at first, but once you start feeling the benefits, you'll make it a priority too.