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Meditation is a popular practice that can transform people’s lives with its many advantages best linked to improved self-awareness and clarity of mind. Ideally performed in the morning, meditation is simple to adopt and sustain for an improved quality of life.

Words By Kathya García


Self-care is has never been more popular as people continue to learn of the importance of mental health, disease prevention and body positivity. Certainly, the last two years of seclusion due to the pandemic has changed our relationship with our bodies and our company—whether it is our own or that of our nearest community. Be it a product of the times or of progress, we are at last coming closer to the collective realization that being in a good state within our own selves brings greater good to the outer world. And sometimes that well-being can come of a practice as simple as meditation.

Meditation: A yoga practice, a religious ritual, a miracle cure? All of the above, in a sense. By definition, meditation is simply the act of meditating—a practice in which a person enters a state of quiet reflection. The benefits of meditation are manifold with countless testaments to its life-improving results, ranging from a decrease in stress levels, to inner peace and as far as improved productivity during the day. So how do you go about introducing meditation to your daily routine?

According to Deepak Chopra, meditation should be performed ideally in the morning to reap the best results. This is because the morning is the quietest part of day, and your body is fresh from a good night’s rest. Although the renowned author and health guru himself is said to meditate for two hours every morning, it’s best to not be intimated by long meditation periods. Instead, Chopra recommends opting for an incremental practice that can be easily incorporated in your routine by starting with a few minutes of silence and awareness.

By starting your day with meditation, you are adopting a mindset of purpose and presence that will follow you and your choices throughout the day. You may discover that you become more awake during the time that you meditate, thus eliminating the impulse to drink as much coffee as you may usually do. An early start with a positive outlook and awareness of your being transforms into more energy to take on the day, creating a cycle of betterment. For instance, as cravings for junk food subside so will your overall health, self-image, and confidence. You are already setting yourself up for success by starting your day with meditation.

Other benefits affect your connection to people and your surroundings. Stress is contagious, for it has a toxic quality of being externalised and experienced by the living beings with whom you interact. Plus, it feels terrible. A morning meditation has the potential of preventing stress by preparing you to deal with whatever the day brings with a state of flow. Meditation can also help counteract stress, alleviate headaches, or improve your sex performance.

Overall, the essence of meditation is about filtering out the clutter from your mind. If meditation has sparked your curiosity, don’t forget that to deal with what works for you. There is plenty of multimedia available that outlines, guides, or complements your meditation practice. Ultimately, how you choose to go about it—whether with the designated tools, or through a specific routine—only matters if it is making you feel better and is not just an added task to your already crammed agenda. You can build up an effective meditation session by doing as little as dedicating 5 peaceful minutes of awareness in the morning…

Or any time of day you can add it, as you need it.