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Mornings on the back porch. Starting every day with a seated meditation is a beautiful way to set your intentions for the day ahead. Bring a cup of tea. Sit in silence. Breathe deeply. Set the tone for what you want yo create! Send some gratitude to the universe for the blessings you have in your life. You have everything you need to make this day special. Start first thing! It's a beautiful day to have a beautiful day. #goodmorning
If you talked to me about meditation last year, I would have rolled my eyes. Sitting in stillness has never been my strong suit, which has led to a lot of uncomfortable yoga classes in my life. Savasana always felt awkward to me; I would lay there fidgeting while my mind raced to all the things I needed to do once class was over.
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One day it changed. While I was more open to the experience, my teacher was also very simplistic in her approach — much like this teaching from yoga teacher Rachel Brathen. "Starting every day with a seated meditation is a beautiful way to set your intentions for the day ahead," writes Rachel. "Bring a cup of tea. Sit in silence. Breathe deeply. Set the tone for what you want yo [sic] create! . . . You have everything you need to make this day special."
I found meditation daunting because I found myself overthinking it when, in reality, it can be a simple — and short — practice. These days, I start every morning much like Rachel's suggestion. I have a glass of tea while clearing my mind, focusing on my breath, and setting an intention for a good day. If my mind starts to wander, I simply hone in on my breath again. This simple five-minute ritual has helped me feel less stressed, and more excited about the day ahead of me.