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Morning Meditation: How to Meditate

Updated on February 19, 2012

Meditation is a wonderful way to start your day. And I love to meditate in the mornings when I wake up. But the word meditation, which has been associated with emptying the mind, can be a challenging thing for many. Include me in that list please. Yes, I too found it difficult when I started out.

The most common complaints heard are “It’s so hard to sit still for a long time”; “My thoughts are running here and there”; “I’m having a hard time not thinking of anything”; “I’d like to meditate but I don’t have the time!” And on and on and on…

Here is how I learned how to meditate. 

One day…

I decided to do it differently. Honestly, I got tired of the thought of meditation itself (crazy huh?) and the feelings of frustration when I couldn’t sit still and empty my mind for even ten to fifteen minutes only. I never knew my mind was working full time. It’s funny but when you start to meditate that is the one thing that I noticed first. How busy our minds actually are.

So here is the good news…what I did work for me! Will it work for you? Maybe. Maybe not. But there’s no harm in trying, right?

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Rise and Shine

Obviously, you have to wake up. This part we can’t compromise. We are not talking about sleep meditation but conscious meditation. I want you to be wide awake and alive! Thankfully, I am a morning person so I do not have a hard time getting out of bed in the mornings. But you know if you sleep so late the night before (e.g. because of writing hubs for the hubchallenge, or studying or partying, it is hard to wake up early.) So make sure your alarms are turned on.

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My Morning Meditation

I woke up even before the alarm clock rang. It was five minutes before five thirty in the morning. I went in search for the spot where I could see the sun rise above the sky. The balcony proved to be the perfect place.

It was quiet in the neighborhood. I breathed in the crisp morning air and stretched my arms as high as I could. I breathed out and relaxed. So I stood there with my elbows propped in the balcony and just watched. The sky looked beautiful.

I just looked and gazed at life. I closed my eyes and listened. Suddenly the sounds of life came alive. Birds? I hear their tiny chirps. And suddenly a dog barked. And the rooster crowing.

I did not think. I did not stop myself from thinking. I just allowed myself to be. And it was the easiest thing to do.

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And then when I opened my eyes, I smiled. For lo and behold, I could see the color of the sky in the horizon began to change. The sun had eased its way up and I could see the traces of orange beginning to emerge. It was a slow movement. There was no rush. I didn’t rush it. I chose to savor the serenity and peace of the moment. I watched the clouds, the trees, the neighboring houses and I thank God for a brand new day.

The color began to expand and expand until it brightened the day. It was time to go back to the room.

Discover that which calms you

I found out that watching the sunrise calms and soothes my spirit. And to me that is a good way to meditate. So I invite you to discover that which calms you and do that regularly. A friend shared how petting her cats and feeding them calms her. Another one shared how her father would play the piano. Another one takes a walk in the garden or water the plants. A mother shares that watching her baby while she sleeps calms her.

Just be in that moment. Enjoy it. Relish in it. And you are actually meditating!

After that it became easier and easier to sit still. When I found that which calmed me, I could now relax, take deep breaths and start to let go of my thoughts. I’m learning more and more to surrender in the moment.



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One last note

Meditation can be done early in the morning, in the evening or any time during the day. It is pausing for awhile and finding that peace within you. Gone are the feelings of frustrations. In its place is acceptance of what is. At other times, I couple meditation with prayer. I take the time to express all the things within me…my gratitude, appreciation or sharing my fears and doubts and anything and everything. And I also take the time to listen for it is during quiet times that I hear God speak the most.

Keep on doing meditation and experience peace and serenity in your life.

By: Michelle Simtoco

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About the Photos

I took all these photos on the morning of my birthday last May 5. This is the view from the balcony of our house.

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    • Teresa McGurk profile image

      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Your sweet calm always makes me feel better. Thank you, dear Ripple.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Teresa, thanks! It's lovely to hear from you. :-) To sweet and calmer days...even amidst the hubchallenge hahahaha

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      rb11 8 years ago from Las Vegas

      I remember while working for someone they would say "just keep busy" and that's the way we are trained. Even if it's non-productive. When have you ever heard your boss say "take 5 mins.and meditate"? Never, over time we are trained that busy is good and our mind just follows the rules. You have reminded us that for health sakes we better alter the rules a bit and give our minds a well deserved rest......Thanks

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi rb, thank you for raising that.  I think I will do that.. tell our teachers in our preschool to take 5 minutes and meditate. LOL I find that if I calm myself enough, I can think better and therefore am more productive too. :-)  Thanks for sharing.

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      Bbudoyono 8 years ago

      In Islam Muslims starts the day with early morning prayer before the sun rise at 4. It gives many benefits.

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      Jewels 8 years ago from Australia

      Nice hub Ripple. It is a discipline and a good habit to get into. Hugs.

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      Purple Perl 8 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Beautiful hub,ripple! In India,most are into meditation and yoga or walk in the parks,right from the crack of dawn.We as Christians,begin the day with meditating on the Word Of God and paraying before we begin our day.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Bbudoyono, prayer is a great way to start the day! :-) I agree wholeheartedly! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

      Hi Jewels, I accept the hug :-) Thank you! Meditation is one of the habits we should develop...does help a lot in dealing with stress and all.

      Hi Purple Perl, thank you for the affirmations. :-) I could just imagine people walking in the park, praying or meditating in their homes and it brings a smile into my face.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      A big thumbs up RP, I haven't started doing it myself but I have a close friend who meditates every morning and he is the calmest soul I know. He swears by meditation. I def am going to get started lol

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi BP, oh I would want that...to be one of those who have the calmest of souls! :-) I will definitely continue with this habit! :-) Happy meditating!

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      I read this last night but decided to come back in the morning to leave a comment (no idea why). I was mesmerized at the pictures you used, how beautiful the sun shone through the clouds and wondered where you found them, only to find at the end that you took them from your balcony.

      This morning for some reason I woke early and looked at my clock, it was 5:34 a.m. and I thought of you Sis and imagined you going out to the balcony and so I got up and did so too. The sky was just the same as in your first photo, so pretty...(& then I said, hi Michelle, LOL, did you hear me, sis?

      I should do that more often and I think I will! It felt right and good! Thank you Michelle for a lovely morning meditation. {hug}

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      After meditation, day IS BETTER, life is better,,, It is OK to do it after cup of coffee, drinking coffee is also sometimes meditation, he, he.... I also like to meditate in public transport (times go more quickly and is very useful) but the best is for me is to sit on the rocks next to sea (he, he). I even send long distance treatments while sitting next to the sea...

      Breathing consciously can help to some people to calm the mind, there is so many possibilities....

      Thanks for great and inspiring Hub.

      Great pics....

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      Rick Baldwin 8 years ago

      Very nice!

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      men are dorks 8 years ago from Namibia

      You are lucky to have such a great vantage point to the horizon.

      I tried a few times, left it be, tried again and lesft it again a few times, but i seriously concider it again with determenation.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Dottie, I was smiling reading your comment. :-) You did go out and watched the sky huh? That sounds really beautiful. You know I sometimes look at the clouds and for fun try to imagine angels prancing around. LOL Hmmmm...so that was you calling me? I think I heard you somewhere between the barking of the dog and the chirping of the birds. Good morning sis! Hugs back to you...

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Tatjana, yes you are so right. There is so much endless possibilities to meditation and I love what you wrote about doing it while riding and esp the one near the sea. I remember your photos and it makes me smile. :-) Life is better and is simply fantastic. Thanks for sharing. Did you have a cup of coffee now? hehe

      Hi Rick, many thanks for dropping by. No more mural paintings for you? I bet painting would calm you. :-)

      Hi M.A.D, just allow...if your mind strays, don't you worry about it. The more you try to stop thinking, it will only frustrate you. Hahaha hugs to you and hope you find that which will calm you long enough to still your mind. :-)

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      linc2010 8 years ago

      Meditation is a great way to discover what you really want. Ask yourself while in alpha state of mediation, What do I really want? What does God or the Universe want for me? Then I open up my mind and quiet the noise in my head and listen...It is so cool what I see and hear! Way to go ripple!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks linc...it seems you have discovered the beauty of meditation..that is wonderful! :-)

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      Ricardo Nunes 8 years ago from Portugal

      I have learned that proper breathing do wonders and every time I´m doing it right I feel like I´m meditating :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      hi funride, yes, deep breathing is a great way to relax too and I do it before I meditate. :-) I'm so happy to see you. Many thanks for the visit. Hope your work is great.

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      Hawkesdream 8 years ago from Cornwall

      Hi ripplemaker, these photos are relaxing in themselves, think I will carry them in my mind, just for a rainy day.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      That sounds like a great idea Hawkesdream. And you can come to my balcony and watch the sunrise too...Hahaha Many thanks!

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      very good hub. The photos are excellent as that is what I saw when I "used" to meditate. And yes it does take some time (10 to 15 minutes) to empty your mind of the busy ongoings. I hope this inspires me to allocate some me time.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi ocbill, the world can be a challenging thing and meditate just balances us somehow. :-) I do hope you have been inspired to meditate once more.

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      cobraski 8 years ago from Maryland

      I must give it a try!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi cobraski, alright :-) Thumbs up for you for wanting to try meditations in the morning. hehe

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      Koby 8 years ago from Ohio

      Spiting those who falsely say "Idle hands are the work of the Devil"

      Thank you Michelle.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Your welcome koby! :-)

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      I think this is something I def. need to try, get up earlier than the baby and meditate. Now i just got to get up early enough to do it.

      dori

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi dori, sometmes it is an effort to wake up early esp. when I sleep late. But generally, I am a morning person (tee hee)...so mediation in the morning works for me. Glad to see you! :-)

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      skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Hi Ripp;emaker, I love to meditate. I love your writing and your purpose. We All have a common purpose, to love. Have you visited my hubs? I would Love to hear from you. I write spiritual experience, around the HOLY Spirit. I am so grateful I landed on your page tonight. I needed to get present. I am having a not so good moment. Your words inspired me, thank you. Praise God. I so enjoy hub pages.I will be back to read some more very soon. Cheerio..

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Skye2day: Thanks for dropping by and sharing a not so good moment with me..and finding inspiration here. I would love to visit your hubs. On my way..:)

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      Durga Ma 7 years ago

      Dear Ripplemaker,

      First let me say how much I like your name; it speaks volumes! I always appreciate hearing from someone who really gets how difficult (or impossible) it is to make the mind shut up and lets that whole thing go. Finding your own calm, your own way, is certainly a major key. Thanks you for your sincerity, determination and love of meditation. Namaste. http://DurgaMa.com

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      Sanjay Sapre 7 years ago from India

      brain is a drunken monkey. it has discovered the most for us , has been discovered the least.

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Meditation is a wonderful way to start (or end) the day. I hope you don't mind me linking to this lovely article for my new hub about Buddha statues in the home and garden.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Durga Ma, namaste. :)

      multifunction: hmmmm....

      Dolores: thank you for visiting this hub. LOL I ended up posting a link to facebook. :) Hey, that sounds wonderful..thank you for your the link. :) It is appreciated.

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      AlexK2009 7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      This is a helpful hub. Anything that calms the inner monkey can be considered meditation

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      saravanav89 6 years ago from Chennai

      This is very helpful to others,Nice Keep it up.

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      beginners meditation 6 years ago

      I love to start meditation practices before the sun rises and as it is coming up. Its a magical time of the day.

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      Klena 6 years ago from England

      Hi Ripple,

      I was like you - bored and frsutrated by thinking about medication and unable to get it to work for me.

      A really informative hub and something I think I'll definitely look into. Here's to my future calm! :)

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      tgopfrich 6 years ago from Stettler, AB

      This was helpful, I'm definitely going to take this approach to meditating, thank you!

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      Surfraz 6 years ago from India

      i always like to meditate but i wanted to know about things well, i will definitely try this out

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      leann2800 6 years ago

      voted up and useful. good hub

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      FadyAgeeb 5 years ago

      very interesting and useful one

      thanks for it

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      Jerry Whiting 5 years ago

      This mobile web page has info on meditation: http://m.JetCityOrange.com/meditation/

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