1. Create The Space for Your MeditationTo set the scene for your morning meditation, try creating a mini-ritual around it to cultivate the intentional energy further. We recommend designing a chosen nook to call your meditation space so that every time you revisit for your morning meditation, you're familiar, more comfortable, and can quickly drop into stillness. You can create a simple altar, lighting a candle, burning incense, gazing at your house plant, or sitting quietly on your favorite pillow. Maybe you drape a beautiful sarong or cloth over a corner table, add your favorite crystals and keep your journal nearby for instant downloads before or after your meditation experience. For ideas on how to fill your meditation space, discover these 12 gift ideas for a meditation room that inspire peace and balance.
2. Visualize Your IntentionVisualizations hold deep power. What we experience in our inner world is translated into what we experience in our outer world. Thus, if we set an intention during a practice, we can then transmute it externally, aiding the manifestation of our goals. Visualization can also be a useful stress management tool. To practice visualization, find a quiet seat in your meditation space. Begin to drop into stillness by settling in your heart and closing your eyes. Breathe slow and deep, focusing on bringing your breath into your lower belly, in and out. Start to draw focus on your intention. For instance, if your intention is gratitude, concentrate on someone you are grateful for or someone you want to show gratitude to. Fill your heart with love, and imagine how it would feel to have gratitude for all things. Emphasize the feeling of abundance, love, and gratitude. Settle into this feeling.
3. Voice Your Mantras and AffirmationsOnce you have created your meditation space and dropped into visualizing your intention, call in your Mantra or affirmation. Dr. David Frawley says mantras have the ability to alter your subconscious impulses, habits, and afflictions. Thus, when mantras are spoken or chanted, they can direct the healing power of prana (vital life force energy). Affirmations work much the same in which you affirm something to be true. You may repeat Mantras and affirmations regularly to increase the potency of the gratitude you wish to call in and thus are the perfect addition to your morning meditation. Here are a few examples of mantras/affirmations you may adapt for a gratitude morning meditation:
- I am grateful and happy for the life I live
- I am thankful for the obstacles in my life, for they are the lessons I get to learn
- My grateful heart is a magnet that attracts everything I desire
- I live in gratitude
- Shanti, Shanti, Shanti (peace, peace, peace)
- Thank you, thank you, thank you