For the longest time I thought that my mindfulness routine was a night time one. After Mindfulness changed my mindset around bedtimes and improved my sleep so much! I was adamant that this was the way to go. Turning to the trusty Body Scan as part of my wind down routine. While I can happily enjoy mindfulness at any time of day, I felt that nights were my special time.
Recently I’ve been struggling to remain in the present and felt that I needed to make some changes in my life. I decided to change things up and start a Mindful Morning routine to see if I could improve my present moment awareness. To help me feel more grounded and ready to face the day ahead, like the Mountain Mediation.
From my first morning meditation I was reminded that I used to be a morning person, before night time feeds, sleep regressions and the hectic school run. By the end of the first week I remembered that I used to wake up early in the morning and have most of my daily tasks completed before most people had even woken up!
Starting mindful mornings has made me stop pressing snooze (on most mornings anyway) and has reminded me that what happens in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day! Having a more positive start to my day has meant being able to set my intentions for the day and catch any negative thoughts before they can catch hold and colour any interactions and experiences I have later on. Meditating in the morning provides me with a more positive mindset for when and if difficulties arise.
Now I’d love to end this article with tales of me waking at dawn, meditating for at least 30 minutes and cooking my kids a full breakfast before heading off to work for the day. But the reality is much more shabby and a work in progress. Even if I just manage a five min' Three Stage Breathing Space it makes all the difference to my day!
My Mindful Morning routine isn’t perfect and it's still a work in progress but I know if I feel this good now how could I feel if I continue to build and nurture my morning practice.