It’s 7 am and your phone alarm goes off, screaming for you to wake up. Dim morning light filters in around your drawn curtains, giving you just enough to see by as you stumble into your clothes, check your email, and hurriedly punch a few buttons on your coffee maker. You impatiently wait for the machine to fill your mug, and blearily run out the door on an empty belly.
If you’re like roughly half of Americans, this is your morning. And it’s exhausting, repetitive, and just plain depressing.
Taking time for ourselves is important, yet with our ever-present focus on productivity, few do. Immediately upon waking, our minds are focused on the future, on how we’ll get to work and what we’ll do there. It’s a nonstop rush toward productivity that leaves us drained and, ironically, less productive.
But we don’t have to live that way. One of the best, most time-efficient ways to relax and recharge our bodies and minds is through meditation. Meditation can take many forms, but the goal is a state of deep peace achieved through a calm and silent—yet alert—mind.
In its simplest form, meditation can be achieved by sitting on your bed, closing your eyes, and choosing an object of meditation, such as the way you breathe. When your mind wanders, gently bring it back to the object upon which you are focused. Start by doing this for a few minutes each day, and increase from there. Find out more information on meditation techniques here.
The benefits are numerous, and encompass both the physical and the psychological. Read on to find out 6 reasons why you should meditate each morning, and learn what meditation can do for you.