I find that when I wake up in the morning to some meditation/inspirational words/music that it helps me wake up happier and more able to get on with the day. More recently I've been trying to focus on my dreams - writing them down or just remembering them in the morning - as a way to get feedback and make changes to my thinking that will hopefully reflect in my waking life.
When I do this though, sometimes my dreams aren't pleasant and I have started my day focusing on something unpleasant. Other people have suggested on this site to try to get "into the vortex" first thing in the morning, which I find difficult to do as I usually feel the worst in the morning.
What is the best practice to wake up to in the morning? How important is dream interpretation to manifesting a better life? I feel that I can't do both focusing on my dreams and waking up with inspirational thoughts and feeling positive. Perhaps focus on dreams should be done for a period of time until you get an answer but shouldn't be a daily activity?
IMO a good routine in the morning would be based around the ideas of
Deciding on a dominant intent for the day
This is the most important part of all. Without this step, everything else is almost worthless. Because it determines your dominant focus for that day. This is like sitting in a car and knowing exactly where to go. You can have an amazing steering wheel, a high-class engine, air conditioning, anti-lock breaking system and so forth. But all of those components of the car are worthless if you don't exactly know where to go.
You must decide that for one day, nothing is more important than to feel good. And tomorrow, you do it again. Next day, you formulate it again, the next day again...
Delegating problems and tasks to the Universe for 24 hours
Here you write down everything (including your last night's dreams) that is on your mind and how you feel about it. You give yourself permission to complain about everything that comes to mind. Thus it is out of your mind and you have the option to not think about it for one day. See: Abraham's Place Mat Process
Optional for advanced people: Applying a clearing technique
An advanced person for me is one who
This is optional because if you don't feel good predominantly, it is easy to get caught up in trying to solve problems all day. So just ignore this component if you haven't established "feeling good" already. Here you could mold some of your dreams or problems of your everyday life.
But it is not necessary. Feeling good predominantly will handle all of those things automatically.
Looking for positive aspects
Abraham's Book of Positive Aspects is a preperation for the next step: Appreciation
Appreciation is the ultimate tool. Everything you do in between is for the purpose of getting yourself in a position where you can appreciate all the things in your life that you already have. In my experience it is best to make it the first thing after waking up and also after applying the other components.
Last but not least, meditation is one of the most powerful tools and it is tried and tested throughout centuries. It resets your emotional guidance so you feel exactly whenever something feels off. Remember deciding to feel good is the most important step? Meditation will help to know when something doesn't feel good, so your intent can immediately kick in and focus on something that feels good instead.
I hope this helps a little bit.
Upon application of, "Know Thyself", I have found that I just do not think so well in the morning- especially as I have gotten older. So I have had to change my routine to accommodate the changes in my life...My marriage to Wade, the fact that it takes me a while to just be able to think in the morning, and so on!
I need time to wake up, and since the destruction of my back, I am never really sure which part of the three-hour stretches that I sleep I would actually call "morning".
But I now find that when I wake up, and am feeling more or less alert enough, lying back, and listing what I am grateful for is the very first, and most important thing for me to do. This flows naturally into a sort of meditative/prayer state. I do find asking for the strength, wisdom, and courage to get through my day is tremendously important for me.
Years ago, I spent hours each morning, especially in between the loads of laundry, baby feedings, etc, writing. As I mentioned three years ago, the "Morning Pages" were always what "warmed up my brain" for my "Quiet Time". But now, I just try to be sure to get to my center, to make a list, if necessary, of what I need to get done. But most of my days I am now pretty much "futon-ridden", and the days of endless chores of a physical nature are behind me. Now, I am looking to figure out ways that I can help the world, even from my bed. I like praying for those in need, but what is even better is imagining the struggles other people are enduring, and trying to pass them energy through the Mind of God (call it what you want).
As I mentioned in another post, my latest goal is to try with All My Heart to be a creator of Peace. There is too much busyness and nosiness going on in the world (I present Facebook as an example). There are definitely not enough people of Peace. So that is my new goal. I try harder each day to be more peaceful. It is a lofty goal what with my blood sugar going up and down like a seesaw, and my ever-present back pain. With that in mind, I try. If I screw it up, I try hard to make amends, and start my day over then and there.
Enough said. It has been a great journey so far, and now, being in the same home with My Bestest Friend is pretty much Heaven!
ORIGINAL ANSWER 2014
This is an idea begun by Julia Cameron. I first read about doing it in her book, The Artist's Way.
She describes the Morning Pages like this: '\
You can leearn more here:
I have done them, and they really work to improve your creativity, and also your zest for life. I am not sure how or why they work; I do not have to know at all in order to do them and to say that they do work. Please look into this, because doing this can really improve the quality of your life. They require very little will power, and you do not need any special equipment. You need not worry about the weather, either (lol!). And once you begin, you will find them so intriguing that you will keep on doing them with little effort. Treat yourself to a new notebook and pen, and begin the rest of your life.
waking up before sunrise
answered 17 Sep '14, 20:00
I wouldn't worry about your dreams and I would not allow then to dictate your mood at all. Meditation is the best practice in the morning because it clears the clutter in the mind and allows more positive and creative thoughts to come through. Start out with a few minutes at a time and focus on your breath, then work yourself up slowly to about 30 minutes. Then you can set your intention for your day ahead after the mind is clear. You can also do this before bed time.
answered 15 Jan, 22:28
If you are seeing this message then the Inward Quest system has noticed that your web browser is behaving in an unusual way and is now blocking your active participation in this site for security reasons. As a result, among other things, you may find that you are unable to answer any questions or leave any comments. Unusual browser behavior is often caused by add-ons (ad-blocking, privacy etc) that interfere with the operation of our website. If you have installed these kinds of add-ons, we suggest you disable them for this website