Meditate with Your Morning Person

An old Zen saying (perhaps) about meditation.

Upon waking most mornings, I find my mind is especially restless. Between the time when opening my eyes, many thoughts are racing through my mind like an excited doggy licking my face.

“Hey c’mon let’s do some exercising and then we’re going to do some writing but at some point we need to eat breakfast and don’t forget you haven’t spoken to such and such in a while so you gotta email them oh then there’s that thing with the garden you have to do today so we need to do that at some point too but fuck what about exercise because you gotta do exercise today maybe we should do it twice today and we need to shower at some point today too…” etc etc and so forth.

As much as I attempt to avoid various labels of myself, one that has been fairly consistent throughout my life is the fact that I am a morning person, and as such my mind is most active (and restless) in the morning. According to my mind, there’s always lots to do upon waking up, and this isn’t even five minutes to being fully conscious!

On one hand, it’s an exciting thing to feel, and gets me pumped up in my daily attempts to carpe diem. But on the other hand, it can be quite overwhelming!

It is in this time that one should decide to do some meditation. Admittedly, I do not always meditate in the morning. However after these last two weeks of requiring myself to get up early to meditate (as part of my ongoing study and series Sharing Meds), I’ve found myself understanding the depths of why it is quite important for most of us to practice some form of morning meditation/prayer/yoga/chanting.

For most of us, morning is that time before work and/or other chores. We often don’t give ourselves much time, if any to acclimate to waking from the depths of our subconscious (and in some cases astral travels). To make matters more stressful, many of us (myself included) will sometimes jump right on to different forms of technology first thing to maybe check email, messages, and other such things. I’ve found that exposing oneself to such devices first thing in the morning throws the body and mind off even more, and in fact seems to greatly increase the amount of early morning mind chatter. If we were to pay close attention, we would notice how different our breathing becomes when we first awaken to the time we’ve exposed ourselves to such technological devices. Perhaps not everyone can tell such things, but it is something I’ve noted within myself. Have you taken time to see if this is the case?

This whole scene makes me think of someone who powers on their computer in the morning attempts to download ten different files while listening music and watching a few videos as the computer loads the daily schedule. If they are able to do this immediately, suddenly the computer is slow and overwhelmed, but in most cases, even a computer needs a certain amount of time to prepare itself before it can begin to follow commands. 

The point being, meditation should become a habit for most people in general, but especially the mornings. If you meditate regularly, but not often in the morning, I encourage everyone to make an effort to do so, even if it’s just once or twice a week.

Undoubtedly, some minds that might be reading this will start to chatter with various aplomb about being busy, to which I would respond with the meme at the top.

Not only does morning meditation calm the restless and ready to go mind, it allows one a certain amount of mental and physical silence as one transitions from the sleep to awake state in a much more copacetic manner. It also allows a certain amount of focus and clarity, without the rushing around and falling into various mental traps of “I need to do this and that.”

Try. See what happens.

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Melt into Yourself

Fade into the world. Allow the rhythms time to wash over you.

Feel your body sink into the sound around you, into the place you find yourself; be it in nature or home on a sofa. Let yourself melt into this spinning world, surrender (let go) & release yourself into the world, like effortlessly floating in water.

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Living Conduits of Information

Everything in and on this Earth is a conduit for everything else. All one needs to do is look at the four elements to understand this concept of give/receive/give (ad. infinitum) cycles of interconnectivity.

As we continue to evolve, our minds and bodies are learning new ways to transmit all kinds of information to each other, to the rest of the world. This is both exciting and terrifying, however the crux of this idea and information  centers on our consciousness (or perhaps for some of us the lack thereof). As we, the human beings continue to evolve on all levels of mind, body and spirit, we need to be aware of not only what we are transmitting, but how.

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Allow Yourself to be in Light

Focus on the light surrounding you, inhale it inside your body. Feel the light move and vibrate, illuminating the dark crevices inside as it congeals with the light inside you already, the light that burns forth, stoking passion and play and expression in various forms. Feel both of those sources merging, congealing; the light inside you now expanding, caressing your liver, lungs, heart and all other organs inside your body. Feel the light enveloping you from the inside, expanding outwards as you exhale. Feel yourself surrounded by such luminous, shimmering warmth. 

This is you if you allow yourself to be. This is you. 
This is us. 
It is. 
We are. 

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Effortlessly Focused Serenity

Our minds race around, grabbing thoughts and stories of varying emotions regardless if something is true or not, partially because that’s what the mind and brain are programed to do, which is collect data and stimuli. I don’t know if this is true or not for everyone, but it seems as though sometimes the mind sometimes creates its own stimuli within us because in one sense it is fully cognizant of the endless possibilities of things that could happen to us at any moment, however unlikely. And while it’s lovely that the mind is doing this partially out of a sense of protection to us, much like a helicopter parent, it can often dominate the focus of our attention, and often not in the most positive of experiences because of its constant suffocating chatter.

But, meditation allows one to circumnavigate this. It might seem difficult at first because like fear, our mind wants to be heard. And that tricky devil the mind often employs fear as a way for us to listen. But the problem comes about when that’s all we’re listening to, which is where meditation comes into play. Meditation allows all of us a chance to effortlessly focus on serenity.

I realize this might seem like a contradiction. That’s because it is! Focus takes effort! Life’s wonderful puzzle of paradox. BUT, it is also effortless to do so, because through meditation one begins to see all they have to do is sidestep the fear and other mind chatter. We can do this in MANY many different ways. One of them involves recognizing when we’re caught up in the movie of emotions, possibility and other such stimuli by saying to ourselves (and sometimes out loud), “Ok, I’ve been caught up in this stream of stressful thoughts thinking about what to make for dinner that will please everyone, but I’m going to stop for a few moments and focus on my breath.” It’s all about shifting our focus to something else, be it our breath, our heartbeat, or perhaps a mantra. It’s very easy, yet sometimes supremely difficult to sidestep such noisy chatter, or at least our mind wants us to think and feel that it’s difficult, but again, it’s just as easy and effortless  as…

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Instant Grab

In the blink of an eye, we can become tangled in any number of stories/thoughts/expectations/assumptions that our mind whispers to us.

Perhaps someone we know isn’t answering their phone, and our mind begins to spin all kinds of tales, from we’re being ignored to they’re doing it on purpose to spite us to they don’t care about me any more, etc. And we can either decide to get caught up in these different tornados of varying emotion, which is so easy to do it’s almost effortless. Or we can look at things at face value, accepting  the situation and say “I don’t know why they’re not answering their phone right now, but this is how it is and I can do nothing about it, physically or emotionally until I learn more at a future time.”

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Sharing Meds: Getting Stoned

On the first part of this new episode, I meditate with several stones & crystals that I’ve encountered and used before. And yes, the sound is kinda funky in the beginning, sorry about that.

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We are love

Even when we or others are not reflecting/feeling/being love, we are all still love.

This is a great paradox in life, as it can sometimes feel like we or others are not acting in a way that is conducive to evolution of mind, body, spirit and habitat. And while it may be true and that IS the case on some levels, on other levels we MUST remember that those frustrating and upsetting actions are also coming from a place of love, as they are not only testing faith, but reactions.

Our reactions say much more about us than a biography on Facebook, a resume or whatever. It is within our reactions that we often reveal much more about ourselves as we can either become caught in the drama and cyclical emotional patterns of others (and ourselves), or we can choose to learn and react differently.  This isn’t to say that if someone else  (or yourself) does something that hurts you (or another) physically or emotionally that you should simply lay down like and take it. One can and should still voice displeasure as long as it is constructive, and not getting caught up in the drama and cyclical emotional patterns.

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Sacred Listening

Many people, including myself sometimes, might feel that merging or some other forms of action with another are most sacred.

While I agree they are up there on the list of sacred actions, they are not the top. What is at the top is listening to the heartbeat of yourself or someone else.

Not only is one listening to the life that organ generates, but one is also listening to the rhythm of that life. And not just listening to the life or the rhythm, but connecting to that energy as well. It is a most divine alignment.

Comfortable Cling

As people, we often cling, sometimes to other people or material things, but more often to various thoughts and ideas. We do this because at the core of it, there is a comfortability. Whatever justifications the mind and our selves might create for whatever clinging we do, it’s because there is a certain comfortability to this.

It’s completely justified why we cling like an infant does with a mother, but as time goes on it becomes a hinderance, as it doesn’t allow for certain growth and learning to occur. But then at the same time, there IS some learning in clinging too. But both statements do not mean everyone should stop clinging to all people and ideas nor should people cling to all people and ideas. But, there should at least be an awareness within people, to understand why they are clinging, and for what reasons.

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A Small Prayer

I am grateful to Great Spirit, creator of Mother Nature and Father Sky working in tandem to create all the plant and animal spirits I have imbibed and will continue to partake. I am grateful for the separation between all of us, so that we may continue to perceive Great Spirit in this multi-dimensional experience through sounds, tastes, visions, scents and textures which connect us, bringing us closer.

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Everything Must Go

Whenever we seek to let go (surrender), we must also let go of letting go.

Let go of self, both physical and spiritual.
Let go of place, space and time.
Let go of all thoughts/expectations
Let go of all emotion and attachments.
Let go of breath.

 

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Infinite Eternal Now-ness

Now is eternal.

If one is truly operating on a level of being fully present, having completely surrendered in the now-ness, one sees there is even no now, as “now” is infinite, a neverending ocean of all things. There is no destination.

It is.

This doesn’t mean one is immobile, since it is infinite and eternal. One can swim in any direction but must also remember there is no destination.

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