Conscious Choices - Good Morning!

by Dan Doviddio

So, what’s your morning like when you get up?

Do you leap to that cherished morning stimulant?
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Do you immediately jump in the shower?
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Does your ‘To Do List’ start dancing in your head?
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How about making feeling good the first thing you do in the morning? Why not consciously create a solid footing that your day can stand on.

It was about a year ago I decided to get up earlier in the morning and meditate. At first, it wasn’t easy. I used Orin guided meditations from Sanaya Roman to get started. This gave me a basis to pull from.

What I found, even using guided meditations was a certain peace within. Life’s many contrasts didn’t throw me for loops like in the past. Law of Attraction teachings were starting to be applied at a faster pace.

I took what I learned from the Orin meditations and with some tweaking, created my own meditation. A lot had to do with ...well...just doing the meditation. So as my year anniversary with meditation approaches, I thought I’d share my morning process. It’s great to have a starting point and then make it your own.

The Good Morning Process.
The idea of The Morning Process was to have a way I could use to change my old habit and start a new one. So instead of just getting up and hitting the coffee pot, I divided up my morning to best set my mind for the day ahead.

Before Rising Out of Bed
As I was in the process of setting up my morning, I found an even earlier starting point to my morning. When we first wake up we are in a state of Hypnogogia. Hypnogogia is another word for the state between being awake and asleep. Just before you go into deep sleep, your mind lowers it's boundaries and you enter a state of hypnogogia. Your mind is also in a state of hypnogogia when you first wake up.

I used this state to repeat my Superbeings Truths and then I add my ‘Awareness of My Higher Self Meditation’. Both of these come from John Randolph Price. I memorized both as to not stir from the Hypnogogia state. I can’t tell you what a difference this has made. It stops the wandering mind and focuses you on feeling good. (I’ll include both ‘Superbeings Truths’ and ‘Awareness of My Higher Self Meditation’ at the end).
By the way I want to sidetrack a little on feeling good. Sometimes we have things in our lives that stray our mind from feeling good. If you find this happening in the morning, you must demand to feel good. It is your right to feel good. But sometimes you must demand it. So if my thoughts wander before I get up with the ‘to do list’ in my mind, I demand to feel good and then repeat my ‘Superbeings Truths’ and ‘Awareness of My Higher Self Meditation’.

First Thing Out of Bed
Take care of the little business. You know...bathroom, medications if any, drink of water, whatever short term thing your wearing. Then it’s time for...

Set up a place where you can be comfortable and make sure there are not to be any interuptions. I use my home office, so I always turn the phone(s) ringer off.

Now your in your seat. First I start with a ‘ritual’. A ritual triggers the mind that meditation will begin and focuses the mind to distract wandering.

I use a singing bowl to get started and then play it again when I’m done meditating.

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Another good item you could use is a scented candle. Obviously use a scent you like. This will trigger the mind that meditation is starting and when you blow the candle out, it’s the end.

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Now you’re ready to meditate. There are no rules here. It’s just you and your thoughts. Again, I’m just sharing my method here.

From Sanaya Roman’s Orin meditations I learned to utilize light first off. After the singing bowl has stopped, I feel a light entering the top of my head. Just a nice glowing light. Whatever color you want, I use a bright white. As I feel the light go through me from top to bottom, I relax that part of my body. So as the light goes through my head, I relax my forehead, eyes, jaw and so on. Then I feel myself with the light all throughout myself. At this point you can learn to play with the light. Sometimes I’ll propel the light out through my heart center (just below your heart). You can experiment with filling a room with light you are generating and bringing it back to yourself.

Now you can skip the ‘Light’ part if you want. I like it because seeing/feeling the light really occupies your mind and gives you a chance to relax your body.

Okay, now it’s time for the meditation part of your program. This was difficult for me at first. I wanted to get that nice cup of espresso, have something to eat and maybe check the sports page. So to discipline myself, I breathe in and count one, breathe out and count two...all the way to two hundred. I concentrate on the counting and when a thought comes across, if I catch it, I tell myself ‘it’s just a thought’. That will usually dissipate ‘that thought’. Of course another thought in all liklihood will appear. That’s okay, just keep going. I noticed at first that around 123, my mind started clearing up. Sometimes if my mind is clear, I stop counting and just breathe in and out and pay attention to my senses, such as hearing the clock tick or outside noises. Also something else I noticed is that sometimes you get these weird itches or like a ping itch. This is usually good and means your getting really close to that meditative state.

What happens in that meditative state? It’s always something different for me. Sometimes it’s just a real peacful feeling ( oh man, I’m hearing that Eagles song...make it stop... there it goes). Sometimes I get some guidance from my Higher Self, like writing this column, came from my Higher Self’s persistence. One time I was told to feel every move I did that day. One of the most incredible days I’ve had. The whole day was a meditation, no thoughts, but just feeling the body’s movements.

The key thing though is that you gain a new balancing point that is your set point. You know what it is like to feel peace.

I try to never miss any morning for meditation. If I’m traveling for business or pleasure, I still do ‘the Morning Process’. I find if I skip two days, I can notice the effects now. I notice the lack of easy peace.

Remember, there is no right or wrong way to meditate, you just start doing it. I wanted to put my process down since when I was looking I didn’t find a way I could really follow. So if this helps you to just start meditating, great!

If you can rise 15 to 25 minutes earlier in the morning, you’ll find that your morning routine will reward you all day. And then you’ll find that there is nothing more important in your day than your morning meditation. It’s a great base to stand on all day.

Now time for that morning cup of coffee!
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Here are the two lists mentioned earlier:

  • Superbeing Truths
    I was never born and will never die.
    I am immortal.
    I am the epitome of great health.
    I abound in ‘Well Being’.
    I am as rich as any man who ever lived.
    I am totally successful in all my endeavors.
    I live a perfect life.
    I am continuously overflowing with love, joy and peace.

Awareness of My Higher Self Meditation

I am radiating, with intensity, the conscious awareness of my Higher Self.

I am radiating, with intensity, the joy of my Higher Self.

I am radiating, with intensity, the well being of my Higher Self.

I am radiating, with intensity, the abundance of my higher self.Higher Self