KiMBALL PETERSON

AUTHOR - LIFE HACKER- CREATIVITY EXPLORER

Morning Mindfulness Practices

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I like to start my morning with simple mindfulness exercises to regain perspective and find a calm center to infuse the rest of my day.

  • First, I spend at least ten minutes in guided meditation using an iPad app like Calm or Headspace. Alternatively, I set a timer and simply - without judgement - observe my breath. If my mind is particularly scattered, I’ll count the breaths to maintain focused awareness.

  • Second, I list three things that I feel gratitude for on that particular day. I gently visualize them until I feel an actual sense of gratitude in my body, particularly in my heart area. I find that anchoring the body sense along with the mental focus is more effective than using the mind alone.

  • I finish with a closed eyes silent recitation of the following, visualizing and feeling the sense of compassion and kindness in my body.

Kindness and Forgiveness Practice:

May I be happy (breathe in and out). May I be safe (breathe in and out). May I be well (breathe in and out). May I have peace and be at ease (breathe in and out). Repeat X 3

May I forgive myself (breathe in and out). May I forgive all others who may have injured me (breathe in and out). May I have peace and be at ease (breathe in and out) X3

May I be filled with generosity (breathe in and out). May I be filled with joy and gratitude (breathe in and out). May I be filled with kindness and compassion to myself and others (breathe in and out). May I be kind to all beings (breathe in and out). X3

May I have physical well being and mental ease (breath in and out). May I be kind to all beings (breathe in and out). May I be at peace (breathe in and out). May all beings be at peace (breathe in and out) X3



I find this morning ritual to be a gentle way to rid myself of the stress of our current turbulent times and put my mind in the proper mood for tackling the challenges of the day ahead.