Sitting still to get a jump on the day

Doing whatever we can to maintain our mental health, especially in these stressful and uncertain times, is important, maybe the most important thing. As part of my morning ritual, I sit for a 10-minute meditation. For me, it’s a great way to set a positive tone and help keep me grounded and centered for the upcoming steady stream of Zoom calls and other job-related tasks. But all mornings are not created equal. Some mornings I can stay in the present moment more effectively than others.

And that’s really the overall goal when meditating – to try to stay present. As an introvert, it’s not surprising that I tend to think…a lot. My mind goes back and forth, from the past to the future to my to-do lists, etc., etc. But the beauty of meditation is that it’s totally okay to lose focus, no matter how many times, as long as we catch ourselves when it happens to come back to the breath. Completely judgment-free.

So, on those mornings when my mind is in overdrive and it seems like I’m not getting anything out of my mediation practice, I really am. I’m able to bring myself back from my thoughts, every time. But also, there are fringe benefits that can’t be discounted: I’m sitting still, breathing deeply, with no technology/social media distractions. Nowadays especially, any time I can see the positives and be grateful for them is a good day, indeed.