I’m an a**h*le when I don’t meditate in the morning.

Via on Jun 16, 2010

“All things are ready if our minds be so.” – Shakespeare (Henry V).

The Two Best Times to Meditate, Each Day.

Pema Chodron, Sakyong Mipham, other Buddhists agree: 5 minutes of meditation a day, a few times a day, makes a huge difference.

For years, rain or shine, dog walk or coffee, brush teeth or shower, laptop or calisthenics, there’s one thing I’ve done first in the morning. I meditate.

In Buddhism, they say the two most powerful times to meditate are right after you wake up—when your mind is briefly clear and peaceful, and right before your day’s to-do list comes flooding in—and right before you go to sleep at night, as a way to clear you mind and put it in a peaceful, healthy state as you prepare to zzzzzzzz and dream for eight hours.

This morning, however, I woke late (I’d worked fitfully until 330 am), lay in bed for 10 minutes trying to wake up, showered, walked my dog, then hurriedly started working, trying to play catch up. It was already 1015 by the time I was sharing our content via social media, replying to emails, etc.

But something’s off. My mind is static-y. Still, I work on, despite the irritating noise of an unsettled mind.

Then, I throw a little temper tantrum with a colleague, and a small bad situation quickly becomes a bigger badder situation. It’s a welcome reminder, actually—I’m out of line. I’m acting like a two-year old who wants dinner now. I’m trying to get my way, resolve things for the better…but I’m just creating more confusion, samsara, klesha.

And so I remember: working harder is not working smarter. You want to be of benefit, you have to take a break, ground your mind and heart in the present moment, and open up to reality—instead of your, or rather my, incessant discursive mindstream.

And so I end this little acknowledgement, close my laptop, and sit on my meditation cushion—conveniently only five feet from my desk.

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About Alex Myles

Alex Myles is qualified as a Yoga teacher, Reiki Master, Teacher of Tibetan Meditation, Dragon Magic and a Spiritual coach to name just a few. Alex has no intention to teach others on a formal basis for many years to come, instead, she is collecting qualifications along with life’s lessons. One day, when the time is right, Alex will set up a quaint studio, in a quirky crooked building where she will breathe and appreciate the slowness of those days as life is just way too busy right now! Reading and writing has always been one of Alex’s passions. Alex likes to consider herself as a free spirit rather than a commitment-phobe. Trying to live as aligned to a Buddhist lifestyle as is possible in this day and age, she just does not believe in "owning" anything or anyone. Based on the theory that we ‘cannot lose someone that was not ours to lose’ she flails through life finding joy and magic in the most unexpected places. Mother to a 21 year old daughter and three adorable pups, she appreciates that some of the best moments in life are the 6am forest walks watching the dogs run, play and interact with one another and with nature. Connect with her on Facebook and check out her blog, Love and Madness. 

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