Give yourself a great, bright start to the new week! This guided morning meditation from Top Guided Meditations was designed to help you get up and go.
It includes a brainwave entrainment track designed to awaken your brain and allow you to tap into your full potential, a tonal track which is designed to wake you up and leave you feeling alert, and there is a guided visualization designed to help you tap into the enormous potential which is rooted within yourself.
To use this guided meditation, find a quiet place that is free of distraction. Make sure you are comfortable, in a chair or lying down. After starting the session, close your eyes and relax.
Why Start Your Day With Meditation?
So why should you start your day with meditation and how can it help? First of all, nearly every great meditation tradition recommends meditating in early hours of the morning. There are a lot of good reasons for meditating in the morning.
First, your mind is still quiet when you wake up.
Second, meditation is to your mind what yoga or exercise is to your body. It’s like giving your brain an oil change before heading out onto the race track of your day. It calms your monkey mind.
Third, the world around you is still quiet. That kind of silence is deeply restorative and nourishing for your body, mind, and spirit.
Fourth, when you enter the day having bathed in the bright light of meditation, you feel free. It’s amazing what this can do for your outlook on the world. You can handle everything life throws in your path.
Fifth, meditation can make you more productive. If you start the day cultivating a mood of calm, confidence, and focus, it’s amazing how that can help you stay on point all day long.
What Does The Science Say?
According to the research, starting your day with meditation is likely to help you in a number ways. Of course there are any number of meditative approaches and techniques, and in this instance, we are focusing on guided morning meditations.
One of the benefits I love best is how meditation can make you more productive during your day.
In 2012 the University of Washington published one of the most popular study on this topic. The research revealed that so called knowledge workers who trained in mindfulness stayed on tasks longer and made fewer task switches–and felt better about it–than a group without that training. They also demonstrated better memory for the tasks performed.
Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania published a fascinating study showing that marines who trained in mindfulness demonstrated better working memory capacity (WMC) under highly stressful conditions than non-meditators.
What is WMC? You and I use it every day. We use our WMC to manage our cognitive demands and regulate our emotions.
To put it simply, robust WMC keeps you focused–more productive–under stress. If you think about the Marines in action, you can imagine how important this capacity is during life-threatening situations when it’s important to think on your feet. For better or for worse, their lives depend on it.
Next Steps For You
So what does this mean for you? Try this guided meditation a few days in a row and take note of how you feel through your day.
Are you more focused? Do you feel more energized or calmer? Are you aware of the quiet place within you that you cultivated in the morning?