Morning rituals set the tone for the whole day. Some people make tea and sit quietly in silent reflection while others write in a journal and express gratitude. Here's how this guided meditation, as a daily practice, is important to add to your morning rituals: Research shows that in the first few minutes of waking, your mind has not yet kicked into its chatter and safety default mode. That's when you start to hear questions in your head like, "What do I have to do today?" or "Am I prepared enough for that meeting?" and so on. When you listen to this guided meditation, you will begin your day with an important transition between the sleep and waking states. In the transition time after sleep, you can setup brain patterns and intentions, ground them through tapping on acupuncture meridians, and put your strong intention into your mind using the theta brainwaves. Theta brainwaves allow you to reach deeper into the mind, beyond only the conscious mind. These are the same brain patterns you lived in during childhood, which evoke awe and wonder of your life experience rather than analysis or fear. And this meditation is designed to help you to step up to the truth that you deserve miracles today. My definition of a miracle is something unexpected that uplifts and surprises me. It's about delight and wonder, a birthright you deserve to experience. The more you practice this kind of morning ritual, the more your brain starts to entrain with these feelings and old beliefs and mental patterns can start to dislodge from your system. Your awareness can find new ground in childlike wonder and curiosity, bringing about a sense of peace and heightened engagement with daily life.
As the day winds down into evening, you can consciously welcome this next phase of your daily experience. Appreciation for a human life can fill your grateful heart for a day well spent. It's like you've danced all day and then it's time to rest and rejuvenate. In the transition time from the waking state to the sleep state, there is power in how you set up the rest of your night. Your body needs deep, quality sleep, not just a certain amount of hours of sleep. Sleep is a time where, in dreams, you process emotional events from the day. And in deeper sleep, research shows that your body goes through a miraculous cleansing: Each tiny cell expels waste. And dead cells are allowed to leave the body easily and naturally so new cell growth can flourish for the healthy cells. In our culture, junk light and stressful thoughts keep us awake and this powerful process of cleansing the body and processing emotions does not get to happen in an optimal way. You can help your body and mind with the transition into sleep by wearing blue blocker glasses after dark and dimming the lighting in your home to signal the body that there is a transition coming from daytime cortisol production to melatonin production for sleep. With this guided meditation, you can shift brainwave patterns and reach into the recesses of your mind to calm your body and mind. Relaxation and serenity can emerge. You can viscerally feel the safety and peaceful state of sleep gracefully emerging.