In my recent chalice circle gathering, the ladies and I discussed how valuable it can be to take a few minutes each morning – before getting out of bed – to get centered,grateful, and generally into a good space before tackling the day.
Today, I stumbled on this from Self.com – while I would personally add some affirmations or other meditative bits, this breathing piece is nice.
“While it might be routine to jump out of bed and immediately check email as you also start brushing your teeth and making breakfast, resist the urge to get up and go. If you get up and race out the gate, you’ll constantly be racing after the whole day.
Instead, start your morning with a quick meditation like the one below and you’ll fell better equipped to handle whatever your day has in store. And if you’re already reading this at your desk don’t fret, you can still reap the benefits—set aside five minutes right now to do this mini meditation. The emails can wait.
Your 5-Minute Morning Meditation
Set a timer for five-minutes. Continue to move through the sequence below until your hear the alarm buzz.
- While lying in bed (or sitting in a chair), close your eyes and let your arms rest naturally by your sides, or however feels comfortable to you. Begin breathing slowly in and out through your nostrils and draw your focus to this sensation. Take 5 deep breaths.
- Continue this breathing pattern but shift your focus to the space between your eyebrows—your third eye. Take another 5 breaths.
- Now place your hands on your chest. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Concentrate on the rising and falling of your chest and take 5 controlled breaths.
- Rest your hands by your side and continue this breathing pattern, but shift your attention back to your third eye. Take 5 slow breaths.
- Place your hands on your stomach while continuing to inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth and concentrate on the rising and falling of your stomach. Take 5 deep breaths.
- Rest your hands by your side and continue this breathing pattern, but shift your attention back to your third eye. Take another 5 deep breaths.”
Sounds nice, right? I’d say some time with each chakra would be ideal instead of only naval, heart, and third eye- but we all get the idea!