Soon as the sound of the morning alarm hits our ears, we start planning the day in our mind even before our eyes open completely. A normal human being gets 50000 thoughts a day out of which more than 20000 thoughts come just in the first hour of the day. These varied thoughts then decide how our day will be – sometimes happy, sometimes sad, sometimes tense, sometimes angry, sometimes weird, and so on.
In the current scenario where everything is uncertain and we are completely unaware about when normalcy will return in our lives, there is stress in everyone’s mind about the ‘Fear of Unknown’. With the anxiety that we all are collectively going through today, our number of thought counts too would have increased, and that too negative ones. It’s tough to de-clutter the minds during these testing times so that we focus more on positives rather than negatives. Here is where Meditation comes to assist to fight the horrors growing within us, calm ourselves, and direct us towards positivity.
What is Meditation
Though difficult to define by words, meditation is a set of techniques of doing nothing and letting go of everything out of your cluttered mind so that the true nature of mind is revealed and the mind is at peace. It is a practice that helps the mind to develop concentration, clearness, emotional positivity, and inner calm. Though the mention of meditation dates back to the ancient Hindu Vedas, it has been practised by nearly every religion across the world, including Buddhism, Christianity, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, etc. In modern times, we see a surge in its usage due to its ‘more than a million benefits. Also, Meditation, no doubt, is recommended as a psychotherapeutic technique and can be practised in many different forms.
As some research suggests, the best time to meditate is 4 am and 4 pm. The logic behind this is that at these times the earth is at 60 degrees with the Sun, and if one is in a sitting position at these times will help improve the functioning of the pituitary and pineal glands of the body. Though meditating is good at any time of the day, the best time suggested by the experts is in the morning.
Meditation for Positivity
Life seems to be great and smiling on the one having a positive frame of mind. It is a well-known fact that the whole universe will rise and help the one who stays positive. It is also very much known, other than in mathematics, that ‘Negatives attract Negatives’ hence it is very difficult to gain good things in life if one has a negative mind frame or one constantly keeps thinking negative. One can find themselves draining down in a whirlpool of negativity if one negative thought is allowed to another. So, it is extremely important to bring oneself back into a positive mindset. This is very much possible by spending some time for oneself in the morning – meditating.
As you wake up, there may be a disparity of thoughts that start crossing and crisscrossing your mind. Meditation helps one to focus on self and think about the day ahead. By setting the goals for the day, one can shape the encounters and their responses to the events expected to happen during the day. It’s a confirmation that you are the one who controls your life and it’s your choice what kind of day you want.
Studies suggest that meditation allows you to have a state of mind that helps handle challenging tasks more easily and helps to adapt to them effortlessly. Meditation not just helps to reduce stress levels, but it also helps in boosting inner creativity, lifts happiness, and increases attentiveness. Morning meditation helps one to get more focused. Sparing some quality time in the morning for meditation gives the mind room to prepare for the day before the start of the planned schedules. It is often said that the best ideas and solutions for problems generally come during the time of meditation as at that time there is more space for them to occur in positivity.
The development of habit towards morning meditation can be a life-altering change in the most positive way. It is often suggested to meditate with a light stomach as when the stomach is light one does not feel tired easily and can stay focused on the objective of meditation. Meditation requires commitment, patience, and a challenging attitude to control one’s thoughts. The more positive thought one brings in, which happens with practice, the more effective the mediation for positivity will be.
- Sit in a quiet place and close your eyes.
- Start relaxing. You can keep some light instrumental music or music of morning birds chirping along.
- Do not think about anything for some moments and try to get your mind blank.
- Move your attention towards your breathing and let them happen in the natural pattern.
- Once the breathing is in rhythm, imagine that the body is getting filled up with positive energy with each inhale.
- If meditating along with positive affirmation, recite the affirmation in mind while inhaling.
- At the time of exhaling, imagine all the negativity, stress, tiredness, or any other thing that needs to be removed from the body coming out.
- Repeat these cycles a few times (ideally 5 to 10 min to start with and continue it for 20 min once getting used to and open the eyes to feel ready and positively rejuvenated.
One of the things to observe is that it is important to set a schedule and not suppress any feelings while meditating. In the initial stages when one begins this, it will not be easy to just switch to positive thoughts, but it is natural, and with time and practice the effectiveness of positivity will start growing. A common mistake seen is that one starts expecting too much too quickly, but in reality, it takes time and a lot of practice to build the habit which in turn would bring in the positive changes one looks for.
The POSITIVE Focus
Before one begins meditation, being relaxed and comfortable is very important. Being in a quiet place and by closing the eyes, one needs to start bringing all attention inwards – towards the mind. Start getting positive. Getting positive does not mean one has to be upbeat, jovial, and cheerful but it only says be away from negative thoughts and emotions. Positive Affirmations play a very big role during meditation. Affirmations are nothing but simple statements spoken in mind in a positive present tense. Reciting these words/sentences continuously in the mind during meditation affects one’s mood and thinking positively.
With the change in thinking, comes the changes in energies across. Positive morning meditation is about shedding off oppressive and worrisome thoughts from the mind to let open the doors for soothing reflections. A positive mind frame brings along with it a favourable introspective thought process that keeps the body and mind full of peace, confidence, and positivity which in turn brings prosperity. When one feels more relaxed, one naturally thinks MORE positively. It is important to believe that, unlike negativity, positivity and happiness can exist without any reason.
The Bottom Line
When one is truly at peace with oneself, the thinking naturally becomes more positive. One will not require to put efforts to get rid of negativity or negative thoughts or desperately search for peace and positivity if inner peace exists. This peace can be developed by taking out some time and putting in some effort along with a strong intention to make life more meaningful and happy. Meditation for Positivity is the age-old modern tool whose daily practice will not just create a positive mind frame but will also fill your life with health, peace, and prosperity.