Today we’re going to talk about a little practice that I do every workday. And I try to do it on weekends, too. It gets me started, gets me set for the day, and I’m surprised by how effective it is. I call it my Morning Meditations. When I get to my computer, I turn it on, but I don’t bring up email. I open a browser but I don’t visit any other site at that point, except for one.
And when I visit YouTube, I go to one channel in particular. Jonnie Lawson. He’s an awesome photographer who takes videos of waterfalls and rivers and streams.
I set the timer on my iPad to fifteen minutes, and then I choose one of the videos and make it full screen on my monitor. Sometimes I will put the back massager unit that Sam bought me over my shoulders if I’m feeling particularly achy. And then, I turn on the timer, sit here listening to the water and watching the forest, and I breathe. When the timer goes off, I’m ready for the day.
It feels exceptionally simple, and truly, it is.
But that fifteen minutes of listening to the water and the sound of birdsong soothes me, recharges me, and I breathe and regroup. I don’t try to structure my thoughts, I don’t focus on one thing in particular. In fact, I avoid focusing on anything in particular.
I just listen. I listen to the streaming water, I listen to the sound of the wind in the video, I listen to the birdsong, I listen to my own breathing. Sometimes I pet a cat if one of the cats decides to join me.
There are days where, by the time ten minutes has passed, I feel ready to go — but I don’t stop before the timer rings. And there are some days where I reset the timer for another ten minutes. I need the extra time. But I try to always give myself fifteen minutes. And I never open email, or look up Facebook, or even check my blog, before I do my morning meditation.
So I encourage you, take a few moments before you begin your day to regroup and charge up. By setting yourself in a calm space, you’ll enter the day with a good foundation.
My guess is that you’ll find you love this as much as I do. Because my days seem to go smoother when I get this meditation time in. And having a smooth start to the day? Is golden.
So, why not try to create a morning routine for yourself? You can make it ten minutes if you don’t have fifteen. But try to take at least ten minutes in the morning for yourself. And if you’re interested, here’s the link to Johnnie Lawson’s YouTube channel, the one that I love so much. I encourage you to support him, if you find his work as helpful as I do.
Bright blessings, and have a lovely week.