For those of you that struggle with finding time for meditation (myself included, and I am even a meditation teacher) this 5 minute morning "beditation" has changed my daily life. How? It sets you up for a day of finding present moment gratitude, which in turn creates positive thinking and joy that spreads throughout the day, before you even open your eyes in the morning.
Recent Scientific studies show how positive thinking and meditation works for us on a deeply positive level. According to a Huffington Post article, Barbara Fredrickson, a positive psychology researcher at the University of North Carolina, who is known for her "broaden and build" theory, has found that "positive emotions broaden your sense of possibilities and open your mind, which in turn allows you to build new skills and resources that can provide value in other areas of your life." Of course, the opposite is also true with negative thinking with research showing that it weaken your sense of possibilities because they cause your mind and body to focus on survival instead of opportunity.
Would you like to try this Morning Beditation for yourself? Here is how...
Before even opening your eyes in the morning, take a few deep breaths, and answer these questions in your mind. Leave space between each to allow the answers to simply float into your mind and let them go.
1. What am I grateful for?
2. Who am I grateful for?
3. What moments am I looking forward to today that will bring me joy?
If at any time you find yourself going to a negative mindspace, come back to the present moment, listen to your breath, and simply say to yourself, "I am grateful for today."
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