My personal favorite meditation is my Taoist morning meditation. Morning meditation is an old Taoist meditation style which is incredibly flexible. The ideal goal is quite simple: in the moment before you open your eyes, you instead, allow yourself to go into a meditative state of mind.
Morning Meditation Introduction
Meditation as a practice of awareness often works by shifting one’s mind state to increase awareness. The morning meditation is special as you start right off in the altered mind state between sleep and awake. The timing of the morning meditation is literally at the conscious and unconscious crossover moment of waking. As a result getting the timing down isn’t easy. People are used to rushing into waking.
The trick of the morning meditation is an interesting one: Allow your mind to arise in being awake, but not fully wake. Allow yourself to feel awareness form in your body / mind. Don’t open your eyes when you feel awake. Instead keep the eyes close and then simmer within the process of waking.
So the key to morning meditation is to create a momentary pause point between being awake / sleep. Since waking up is much like rolling down a hill into consciousness, at first it’s hard to pause mid point in this process. Initially as you try you will find yourself rolling straight into being awake. In fact: at first you will forget to even try most mornings.
Over time you simply try. Each attempt will help you begin to feel out the waking up process. Over time you will find yourself getting closer and closer to semi waking into that in between point of twilight consciousness.
Now this is where it gets cool. At that moment of awareness rising, you can decide where to take that moment to different directions. The direction you focus your meditation session into will change the entire morning meditation cycle for that day.
Focusing Morning Meditation
Once you learn how to pause in between sleep and waking, the next step is deciding where to flow the actual meditation process.
One of the reasons I love morning meditation is because it can be used for many different purposes. Morning meditation is the Swiss army knife of meditation practices.
I am going to give a general overview of several important meditation focus paths. This article won’t go into depth on how to achieve each focal point. Rather that is where Julie and I spend time teaching each student directly how to achieve each focus state.
Lets looks at some of the directions you can flow your morning meditation.
Expand Upon Your Dreams
Often times a person will wake up within a dream. As we wake up we may be left with questions from that dream. As you start your morning meditation you can take extra moments to revisit, understand and ponder upon that dream. Since you are partially asleep still your mind isn’t fully in its logical mode. This means you will be able to look at your dreams from a very different perspective. This moment between consciousness can give a person unique insights from their dreams.
Now keep in mind after you wake up not all the insights will match up to reality, but at times looking around the corners of our logical reality can lead to inspirations which are priceless.
Note this focus is not lucid dreaming (controlling /shaping a dream), but rather only the reflective processing of your dreams.
Lucid dreaming is a special state of mind, where you are within a dream, yet a conscious sliver of your thoughts interact with your dreams to change the dream. In this manner it’s possible to to interact with your dream. When waking up in the middle of a dream, it’s easy to use your meditation to go back into the dream. As you are partially awake, you can give suggestions to your dream which will then flow and gently take shape around those suggestions.
One nice benefit of this focus is it gives you a technique to work against bad dreams or difficult recurring dreams. You can use this technique to dispel and get around dream challenges you might have been having in your sleeping life. You will discover that it’s possible to work through dreams you might have been stuck in over the years into finally resolving or moving beyond.
As we wake up, the world begins to connect to us. We might hear a bird singing, the wind blowing, the activities of others starting the day.
We can in that moment of waking start a journey. There is an invitation to explore, in spirit, the world around you.
Morning meditation can be a powerful gateway into shamanic journey work.