For most of us, the start of each day includes the snooze button.
But, says the Dalai Lama, there’s a better way.
Instead of hitting the snooze, we can learn how to look forward to the day ahead. And here, says the Dalai Lama, is how: “Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”
Getting there isn’t easy, but you can do it by practicing meditation. Check out these six steps that can help you learn how:
Find a position in which you are comfortable. It needs to be something that works for you.
Find a way to relax
When you feel your body tensing up, let go of that tension. Concentrate on your breathe. It takes practice, but it will get easier.
Learn your breath
Learning your breath, and getting in tune with it, can make meditation easier for you. Just learn how to hear and feel your breath, and then pay attention to it.
Practice being gentle with yourself
It’s natural for our minds to wander. It happens. If the goal is to learn how to live in the moment, that means we can’t get stuck in the now past digression. Instead, accept that it happened, get your breath back on track, and get back into the flow of your meditation.
Start with a short practice
Even five to seven minutes a go to start can be tremendously beneficial for your meditation practice. Instead, focus on your breath, work on being in the moment, and it will get easier.
Check in before you check out
After practicing your meditation, check in on your body again afterward to find your breath, make sure you’re letting go of any tension, and practice staying in the mindset.
*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.