Stress is a reality for many of us, and many people are left wondering what they can do to help alleviate stress. If complicated meditation rituals seems confusing and out of your comfort zone, then Morning Quiet time could be a great solution for you.
Meditation vs. Quiet Time
Quiet time is different from meditation in that it does not have to be specific actions with the purpose of blocking out the world, but rather can be any set of comforting rituals that help you to center yourself and prepare for your day. Meditation is a spiritual exercise while quiet time is a personal time set aside for you and you alone.
Quiet Time Essentials
Morning quiet time can be very simple, but there are a few essential elements that will make your morning quiet time beneficial. First you should make sure that you are alone. This can get tricky if you have children or others in your life which require a lot of attention. The solution is to get up earlier if necessary.
Next you should make sure that your quiet time consist of something that brings you a sense of calm, refreshment and a positive outlook. Many find that reading, sitting outside, or simply having a quiet cup of coffee or tea alone at the kitchen table is sufficient to gather their thoughts, plan out their day and prepare their spirit for whatever stresses may await them for that day. If you are not sure what to do during your quiet time you may want to consider reading through a daily devotional book or journaling. Morning journaling is a powerful tool that can help you evaluate and process emotions as well as find solutions to problems.
Consistency Is Key
Once you have established your quiet time, protect it and stick with it. Over time you will find it to be some of your favorite times of the day, and you will come to rely on the sense of peace your carry away from your morning quiet time.