I think it is crazy to arrive at Meta Yoga Studios at 5:30 in the morning to practice yoga, pranayama, and meditation, but that is exactly what I have done these last three Tuesday mornings. Nobody else has been as crazy as I am to join me. I practiced solo.
It was just as well that no one showed for my first class because I didn’t sleep well the night before. I had anxiety about getting up so early in the morning. Generally I sleep well, but when I need to get up early, I become anxious about not getting enough sleep and as a result, I wake up frequently. It even took me a while to fall asleep. I would wake up every two hours from a vivid dream. In the dark I struggled to read the time on my digital clock. I could barely read the 4 o’clock number when the alarm went off in my hand. I was wide-awake thinking of the dream visions still fresh in my memory.
I don’t think if I would be so ambitious to get up at 5 am to go to the yoga studio and meditate with others, but here I am getting up at 4:40, commuting 25 minutes to meditate and breathing practice. My conversation with Self is, “this is not what I had in mind” and “interesting path I’m on” and “do you think anyone will come?” and in reply I hear, “You’re going to enjoy this.”
“Thanks.” And I do enjoy it.
I would not consider myself a morning person but on occasional I have gotten up before sunrise. It has been at times like going out to take photographs or hiking a high mountain peak before the weather rolls in. Getting up early in the morning also reminds me of traveling in a foreign country and setting out in the dark on the adventure of the day.
In order to meditate at every Tuesday morning from 5:30 – 6:15 at Meta Yoga Studios, my rational mind consoles me by reminding me it is only one day a week and assuring me that I can do this. A bonus to being at Meta so early in the morning is I stay for Leslie’s Vinyasa yoga class afterwards – this is 2 hours of yoga before getting to work by 8:30. And I have noticed that when I arrive at work I feel refreshed, alert and at ease.
I have made a list of reasons to start meditating. The list could continue because there are so many good reasons to find the time to sit in quiet meditation. These reasons resonate with me. I do believe that a daily practice of meditation will change your life and for the better. As a result you will be happier.
Reasons to meditate
Calming the mind
Mellows moods -- emotional stability
Lower blood pressure
Improves sex life
Spiritual awareness – relationship with the Divine
Your soul craves it
The Divine loves the quality time spent with you
Reasons to Meditate Early in the Morning
Set the tone for the day
Acquired prana from rest
The relative position of the sun
For some people, meditation seems difficult at first, but it takes a short time before your inner self starts to feel the familiarity of meditation. It comes naturally to human beings. It is more about remembering how to meditate than learning to meditate. The soul has gone through many lives on spiritual journeys, having human experiences that included meditation. Think of it as already having years of meditation under your belt, so it is a matter of remembering what is already familiar to your spirit.
It takes commitment. A professor in college once told me that commitment sets you free. As an 18-year-old, I pondered the paradox of that statement. I associated commitment more to sacrifice, giving something up and loyalty rather than freedom. But I have since learned that commitment can open up many possibilities of unlimited proportions. Commitment can be relaxing and familiar. Setting forth commitment to meditation is a pro-active step towards better health, physically, mentally and spiritually, and that will set you free from limitations.
I will be at Meta, early Tuesday morning at 5:30, practicing meditation for 20 minutes. I like to prepare the body for sitting with gentle asana and Pranayama. Since the holidays this year are on Tuesday, I will not be at Meta Yoga Studios on Christmas or New Years.
Happy Holidays! Looking forward to practicing with you. Peace, Karin