I have been meditating for 7 years.
Sticking with my practice consistently for the past 5 years. The benefits, enormous.
The calming effects have bled into every part of my life; changing my life and becoming my life, literally speaking.
During meditation, is when I feel most like me. It's usually when I have my best ideas and where I am able to deal with my most difficult moments.
But the question often posed...
How can one easily integrate a meditation practice into their already busy and overscheduled life?
Chances are if you are victim to Busy Person Syndrome you probably enjoy a cup of coffee as soon as you wake up.
That morning coffee is the perfect place to start developing your mediation practice or stick with a practice.
Here are three reasons from Nathan Wiebe why you should start meditating after your morning cuppa.
1. It will become a habit.
If you’re like me, making a cup of coffee as soon as you wake up has become a deeply ingrained habit. Since this habit has become an essential part of your morning routine, it makes it the perfect trigger for starting a meditation practice.
As soon as you finish your cup of coffee, sit quietly for as long as you can, which in the beginning may be only one minute. By making meditation a part of an already very strong, almost automatic habit that you’ve already built, it becomes quite easy to integrate into your morning routine.
2. Meditating after you have coffee will put you in a good mood.
The reason so many people enjoy coffee is because it makes us feel good. Caffeine stimulates the release of dopamine, which leads to these elated feelings and is also the reason why it goes so well with meditation.
Sometimes when we meditate in the mornings we feel tired, groggy, and uncomfortable, which makes the whole experience unpleasant. However, when you meditate after the caffeine has kicked in, you feel euphoric. This euphoric state makes meditating very enjoyable, which, in turn, makes it easier to do. It also helps you to connect meditation to feeling good.
3. The caffeine will help your mental focus.
You might think that since caffeine is a stimulant it would be a bad combination with something as calming as meditation; however, caffeine increases mental focus, which is extremely helpful when trying to calm the mind and slow down the stream of thoughts. I find that when I meditate after my morning coffee, I am able to sit for longer periods of time and I am also able keep the mind more focused.
Although it seems counterintuitive, I have found that, at least for me, coffee and meditation are a perfect combination.
This strategy will also work with tea, if you’re someone who prefers tea
Saving the absolute best until last...
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