I believe mornings are your trajectory for your day – because how you start your day can greatly influence how your day unfolds. For this reason, it’s important you use your a.m. to aim yourself towards your most positive thoughts – and thereby best day possible.
Think about it. If a rocketship is off by a few degrees before it launches itself towards the moon, it might wind up accidentally heading towards Saturn.
Ditto on your day. You definitely don’t want to start your day aimed in a negative thought direction – with your mind focused on fears and doubts.
For this reason I recommend starting your day with my favorite morning meditation – a (G-rated) Shower Power Meditation – where you multitask washing away your stress, fears and self doubts – by concentrating your mind on the feel of the water on your skin.
I love doing Shower Power Meditations so much, that I featured this sensory meditation tool in my book Instant Calm.
Here’s a quick excerpt…
Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences linked the elements of hot showers to boosts in oxytocin levels and reduced anxiety.
According to researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, a cold shower is both invigorating and mood boosting.
The shock of cold activates beta-endorphins (the molecules famed for creating a sense of well-being) and noradrenaline in the brain—both of which put you in a better mood.
Note: That second one is actually something found in many antidepressants!
No matter the temperature you pick, simply immersing yourself in water is reported to increase production of beta-endorphins.
Thomas Jefferson enjoyed a freezing cold foot bath every morning for sixty years, believing it improved his health.
If you’ve been wanting to create a regular meditation, but feel you’re too busy, you will love all the many fun and simple meditations I share inside Instant Calm! Each one is a grounding tool – based on focusing your mind on one of your 5 senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Learn more!
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.