A lot of people have asked me my meditation method, especially recently. It's not a difficult task to take on, and will slowly become a part of your life once introduced. I sent some tips to a friend not too long ago and decided it may be good to share on my blog as well.
I know that meditation can seem a little daunting, but I promise you it's not. Learning to quiet the mind is the most "challenging" part. Allowing your thoughts to come and go with no obsession or very little attention isn't always easy, but after a few sit downs it'll become second nature.
I would suggest starting off with morning meditation, hence the title. There are two options in doing this, do what feels right to you.
1. Before you get out of bed, wake up slowly if you can. Meaning: don't be in a rush to jump out the bed and turn your swag on. I know, I know, that is tough for some of us.
2. Rise, and before your morning routine, sit in a quiet place to start your meditation.
Tip: I would recommend not checking your phone upon rising. Getting distracted before you meditate can throw you off. Most nights I sleep with my phone plugged up across the room, so it's not the VERY first thing I'm engaging with when I open my eyes.
-When you feel awake lay (or sit) for 5-10 breaths, big inhales and long exhales.
-While you're breathing (on each inhale) think about something you want to release + replace. (example: worries from the day before)
-On each exhale, breathe out what no long serves you. ( example: old relationships, ill feelings, etc.)
You can do this for as long as you want. There is no time limit. I usually meditate for 15 mins in bed before rising. The goal is to be at peace with yourself and the day before you get out of bed.
-In your journal (I keep one bedside), write a self-affirming note to reflect on later in the day.
-Finally, get up and get your day started. Hopefully, you feel lighter, less stressed and ready to have a peace full day.
Once you get in your meditation groove, it'll become second nature. So regardless if you don't meditate daily or not when you find yourself needing some peace, you'll be able to come back to yourself calmly.