Monday Meditation: Seeking Energizing Calm

“Retire to the center of your being, which is calmness.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

This meditation will take about 10 minutes of your time.

It’s really hard to get up on Mondays.

Moreover, it’s hard to be still on Mondays.

But we need to show up. We need to be present. We need to be.

Whether you’re early or late for work, stay calm.

Find a few minutes of solitude from your work. This is best done before you check your emails or start a meeting. You may choose to close your eyes, or keep them open with a soft gaze.

Pay attention to your breath without judging it.

Inhale through the nose.

Exhale through the nose

Inhale.

Exhale.

Inhale.

Exhale.

Repeat this until your breath has slowed down.

Remember, we are in a safe zone. Full of peace. Full of joy. Full of love.

Notice all the sensations around your body. Do you feel any pain, any ache? Do you have some thoughts that trouble you? Do you have things to do that this meditation might take up your time? Do you feel angry that you were late, or relieved that you made it on time?

Whatever you sense and think, acknowledge it and let it go. Pay attention to the breath.

Peace.

Joy.

Love.

If a thought or a feeling comes up, greet it hello and goodbye. The most important thing to do is pay attention to your breath.

Peace.

Joy.

Love.

When there is nothing but the breath, we can proceed.

Repeat this sankalpa (a truth that you hold important): “I honor my body and I feed it peace, joy, and love.” Repeat this until it loses its meaning—only then will you understand its words.

You may also use your own positive affirmations or intentions.

Peace.

Joy.

Love.

Remember that you are peace, joy, and love, and you give yourself the peaceful, joyful, and loving energy from the universe to stay awake and energized at work. You are peace. You are joy. You are love.

You are one with the breath.

Say little prayer for yourself to end this meditation, and start your work on a good note.

Greet your boss good morning, and give your seat mate a high five. Breath in and stay energized.

Happy Monday.

You can now drink your coffee.