Camille Styles

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Why the First 10 Minutes Might Be the Most Important Part of Your Day

September 19th, 2016

It only took Kelly’s post and about 15 episodes of this podcast to finally convince me to give meditation a try, and after two weeks of consistently starting my day with 10 minutes of Headspace, I’m already feeling more grounded, calm, and overall way more mindful as I go about my day. I think the reason it took me so long to try meditating is that I needed to discover my own reason for doing it — if I’m going to devote 10 minutes of every day to something, I want to know that there’s a compelling benefit. Well, I’ve found my answer.

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  1. Kat says:

    A lovely post and one that speaks to me! I wake up early, do some stretching exercises and then immediately take my Yorkie out for a leisurely stroll ! We both enjoy the walk and that quiet wonderful time of morning when nobody else is around. I take that time to gather up my thoughts for the day, plan my day, offer up some gratitude and talk myself through any issues that may be weighing on my mind. On the rare days we are unable to get out for our walk due to super nasty weather – I really do notice the difference as I lack a peace throughout the day that my early morning walk provides to me – it centres me and starts my day off well! That is my ritual!

  2. Good tips – I tend to get nervous very quickly so stopping to think about things is very important to ensure I don’t get myself worked up over the little things.

  3. M says:

    Thank you for writing about this, Camille! Meditation was a big part of my training when I studied yoga some 10 years ago… but I will admit that it really and truly has been a “practice” since then. One point I’d like to add is that it’s not meant to be perfect, hence the word “practice” (thanks for using that word in your post!) – even with this length of time that I’ve been at it. There have been many, many times when my thoughts kept buzzing around but I reminded myself to focus back on my breathing. For those trying it out for the first time, it’s important to not get hung up on the idea of perfection or how it’s “supposed to be”… instead, just be, and focus awareness/attention back on breathing.
    The other point I’d like to make is that any amount/length of time is ok – a little bit is better than nothing! Sometimes my practice can range from 5-10 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the day. Sometimes it’s all at once and at other times it’s divided into am/pm. And, it can be done anywhere – it can even be a moving meditation! I find that when I’m not practicing yoga asanas, swimming or walking is a moving meditation for me. For others, knitting or painting, etc may be a form of moving meditation.
    Am I calm 100% of the time? Absolutely not, and I don’t think human beings are expected to be… life happens! But meditation helps me find that state when life is chaotic, even if it’s just for a few minutes so that I can take a deep breath and respond calmly/thoughtfully to another person, for example. I can so relate to what you wrote: “…my feelings aren’t in control of my actions. I may not be able to alter the circumstances, but I can certainly choose how I react to them.” Yes!
    The other interesting thing about meditation is that there is more and more research on it within the medical field, and it’s being recognized by Western medicine – maybe not so widely yet, but it seems that there is growing evidence for the positive effects of meditation on stress and other variables.

  4. Marina says:

    Such a great post, Camille. I am inspired by your quest to be more ‘in the now’ and truly enjoy and value what is in front of you. Good point that prayer can be one the most meaningful forms of meditation.

  5. Lisa Chase says:

    Meditation is such an amazing practice and one I need to devote more time to. I spent just 5 minutes with my eyes closed after my morning run today and I felt so grateful and grounded afterward. I love hearing how it’s changing your life as well!

  6. npharney says:

    Love this so much. I really identify with the feeling that you’re on autopilot, especially on a morning for me where I can move around a bit like a zombie for a good couple of hours. Meditation has been a real game changer in my evening routine, it’s really helped with my anxiety, maybes moving it earlier in the day would help break up some of my bad habits though.

    – Natalie

  7. I love the idea of incorporating meditation into one’s daily practice. I keep meaning to try to start my day and end my day with 10 minutes of some kind of practice – meditation in the morning and yoga in the evening – but I haven’t made it a regular thing yet! Will be aiming to make this a normal practice in the coming weeks. Thanks for a great and motivational post!

    Rae | Love from Berlin/

  8. annapuddle says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing! I have been meditating every day for the last couple of months, and I agree that it helps. A lot! And if I had a stressful day I meditate in the evening as well.

  9. Isha says:

    Amazing blog, left me inspired.

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