If the weather is cooling off in your neck, head and shoulder of the woods, then you might do what I do:
Getting out of bed when it’s dark and cold out can be tough. I find in the warmer months, the gap between ‘waking up’ and ‘getting up’ is so much smaller.
But the gap is always there, no matter how inviting the day is.
Not because I’m lazy but because I like to start the day with breathing exercises – and there’s no rule which says you need to get out of bed to do them. In fact, I get better results when I do it while completely relaxed.
Then I follow it up with mindfulness meditation.
It looks like I’m snoozing – lying there with my eyes closed, well-past the time my alarm went off.
Yet, by meditating like this, I’m actually meditating harder.
That early in the morning, I’m still groggy. My mind wants to wander. I might even slip back into sleep.
Compared to sitting while refreshed, that’s much more challenging to hold your focus.
It might take everything you have just to remain in a state of concentration, following each breath as it completes its cycle.
Holding your awareness for two minutes is, for me at least, tougher than holding it for ten otherwise.
And with the increased challenge come increased benefits. I did it this morning and I’m sharp, centred and productive.
Before you go rushing off to try this, I have a warning.
This is not for beginner meditators.
Not because of the extra difficulty – although that certainly doesn’t help.
No, because, if you make a common rookie error during your meditations, it might mess up your sleep patterns. You might associate, with all the unfortunate consequences, the frustration of failure with where you drift off at night.
It takes discipline to do this the right way.
Frustration of any kind always holds your meditation back. When you try this approach, it’s even more important to get it right.
It would be a shame if you put the time in, only for it to bite you.
This is why it pays to learn how to approach meditation the right way. Rather than beating yourself up for not holding your focus, you first learn to accept it.
There’s immense value in that alone – even before you gain the full suite of benefits from meditation.
And with acceptance, you can experiment and push the boundaries of your meditation practice.
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