Meditation is a gathering, a powerful state of calm and relaxation that enables us to grab hold of aspects of ourselves that are otherwise clouded by the hustle and bustle of daily life. Through meditation, especially in the morning, we can, in a sense, “gather” the day to come. We mentally and energetically gather our thoughts, intentions, and goals and often bring forth new ideas to challenges we are about to face.
Meditation for gathering is particularly powerful first thing in the morning before ever getting out of bed. The solutions we arrive at or the goals we set first thing in the morning are kept in our “mental pocket” as we set out into our daily lives. Solutions and ideas gathered can often change the outcome of the day and lessen the effects of the challenges and stresses we face. We can feel more confident and less anxious about what is to come, by becoming in touch with possible solutions and new ideas. At the very least, but maybe most importantly, we can positively change our reaction to what the day has in store for us, approaching the day with a clearer plan and more confidence in our ability to end the day in success.
Posing a question to ourselves once in a relaxed, meditative state can bring us answers we may have overlooked when posing that same question in a hurried or chaotic state. The question can be as simple as, ” What do I want to accomplish today?”, or “What are some solutions to the challenges I face today?” Once in a calm, relaxed state we are more open to receiving answers or planning out the day to result in success.
Morning meditation may require setting the alarm clock a little earlier. The benefits of how much better we react to our day, outweigh the minutes of sleep we sacrifice for living a calmer, more productive, happier day.
- Upon waking, stay in bed if possible. If not, find a peaceful place to relax where you will not be disturbed for 5-10 minutes. A cozy corner, a quiet outdoor terrace or porch can all be very beneficial to creating the peaceful place necessary to meditate.
- Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Find a rhythm with your breath and feel it relax you as you inhale and exhale. Get very comfortable.
- Choose a word that will help you to relax. Many find the word “peace” or “calm” very helpful in establishing relaxation in themselves. Say the word you choose to yourself over and over until you feel you are relaxed enough to proceed.
- In this very relaxed state, think about the day ahead. Ask yourself a question you want answered.
- At any time you feel yourself becoming less relaxed, simply take a few deep breaths and repeat a word that helps you relax.
- The following meditation was written to help you get started. It may be helpful to record yourself the first time in order to use it over and over again. It can be very helpful and comforting to hear your own voice when getting into a meditative state.
Take a few deep breaths in and begin right now to relax. Close your eyes and sink deeper and deeper in relaxation. Begin to feel yourself letting go and becoming more and more peaceful, more calm and more relaxed. Allow your breath to become slow and rhythmic. Rhythmic like waves rolling gently to the shore. One wave after another, slow and rhythmic. One breath after another slowly and gently relaxing you, more and more. Begin to imagine you feel the sand beneath your feet. Hear the gentle rolling of the waves and notice the soft cries of the gulls in the distance. You have come to this place of calm and relaxation to gather something about the day to come. Perhaps it is to learn more about yourself, your intentions for the day, or to find answers to something that worries you. Whatever the reason, you have come to gather and bring what you find back into the world you have left behind for awhile. Continue to breath slowly and rhythmically, with your feet in the sand and the sun shining warmly upon you. Look around the beach you have created and ask yourself ,”What will I gather for today? (pause) “What have I come to find? ” (pause) Allow yourself to ask any other question you like, and let the answers just flow into your mind as you remain calm and relaxed, calm and at peace. (pause)When your questions have been answered, come slowly back into the room, bringing with you all that you have gathered. Trust that all things will be well this day. Feeling confident and powerful, come back into the room and begin your wonderful day!