Have you ever woken up late and thought that you were behind schedule?
You shoot out of bed and hit the ground with your feet already moving. But have you ever noticed how you feel on those days?
You feel exhausted, defeated and in a bad mood. You put your shirt on inside out and spill coffee all over the counter. The day just starts off badly. You think that you would like to go back to bed and start over. This is an example of when your life is running you rather than when you are in control of your life.
Yesterday was one of those mornings for me. I awoke with a start, sitting bolt upright in bed, sweating and panting like I had been running all night. I wasn’t particularly late but my body was on edge. I immediately turned my awareness inwards. I thought to myself, “I don’t want to start every morning like this. I want to have time to breathe and be myself rather than rush to get ready so I can rush to my job so I can rush to come home and do it all over again.”
So I made the choice to transition from deep sleep to a waking state. I did this by laying back down, closing my eyes and becoming aware of my breath. And I only did it for two minutes.
Those two minutes were enough to change my whole day around from negative and frantic, to positive and empowered.
Some may call this mindfulness meditation, and if done properly it can be considered just that. However, if you don’t care for the term meditation, think of it as a period of adjustment or transition.
Your brain is not like your laptop; an automatic machine that turns on and off quickly and efficiently. You are only human and your mind needs flexibility and rest. You should take this time to allow your mind and body to transition out of and also into sleep.
If you don’t already have a regular meditation practice, this will allow you to establish one. If you currently meditate, this will add more meditation time to your day.
Give yourself permission to be in control of your life.
Try to spend a few moments between waking up and getting out of bed every morning. You will definitely feel like you have your stuff together and it will show to others.
This choice will empower you to take back your life and consistently make positive patterns and routines that promote your well-being rather than ones that compromise your health. Take two minutes the next time you wake to meditate. You will begin the journey to manifesting your destiny.
About the Author
Kamaira Philips, Bachelor of Music (BM), is a co-founder of Good JuJu For You. She is an operatic soprano, an meditation instructor, a certified EMT and a scientist. Kamaira is researching topics related to immunology and alternative medicine at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and at the UNC Program on Integrative Medicine.