The biggest part of my yoga practice is finding mental stillness and it is a 24 hour a day job. Yoga gives us many skills for doing this. Deep breathing, deep focus on asana, meditation, casting your thoughts on the infinite and chanting om to name a few. Something else that helps me to start my day right is to get out of my bed before I get into my head.
I am writing this post at 6:30AM on a Saturday and I technically have no where to be until 2PM. How we start our day can have a major impact on its outcome. Everyone has had those experiences where they get up in the morning stub there toe and everything goes to hell after that. During the week, my Facebook stream usually has at least 1 person declaring at 8:00 in the morning that they are going to have a crappy day. When we greet the day with this energy, for most people, it just spirals and gets bigger like a snow ball going downhill.
If we start the day with positive energy, the snow ball effect works in our favor. If you are anything like me, you wake up in the morning and your brain immediately does a recap of all the unfortunate things that happened the day before. It is best to not even give the mind the opportunity to go there.
I believe there is a time for coming face to face with your thoughts, but for most people, doing it early in the morning effects their ability to enjoy the rest of their day.
Here are some things to help stave off the morning mental playback
Get out of bed before it starts-that is why I am up at 6:30AM on a Saturday writing this post. My mind started replaying a yoga class yesterday where I forgot the sequence. If I sat there and thought about that, it would cause me to be extremely nervous about today's 2 classes and I don't need that energy. If you wake up with worry, it is better not to wallow in it. Get up and do something that makes you light up and feel good.
Focused Meditation-Instead of sitting and watching what comes up, chose a meditation that focuses on an object, idea, sound or something else that will not leave room for the tape to play
Breathing-Focusing on the breath leaves no room for thought
Chanting-leaves no room for thought
Studying the Scriptures-read something that inspires you and think on its words. Make it your mantra for the day. If you are a yoga teacher, it is a great way to get class themes!