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A Guided Meditation To Start Your Day Off Right

A note from Natalie: My team and I are taking a sabbatical for the remainder of the summer, so we’re bringing back some of our greatest hits for you to experience for the first time or enjoy again… Summer’s always a great time for catching up on reruns! We’ll be back in the fall with some amazing new episodes for you!

Every day, what you face out in the world is actually a reflection of your inner experience. If you start every day by diving within, you’re going to notice a big shift in what you see around you — I promise. I know, because I have a meditation that I do first thing every morning and it makes a huge difference in my day.

The most powerful opportunity you have for change each day might just happen before you even open your eyes. (Click to tweet)

In today’s episode of She Takes on the World TV, I’m going to take you through the guided meditation that I use every morning. Join me as I walk you through setting an intention for the day and you’ll soon be on the path to having a daily meditation routine of your own.

 

 

Click here to watch the video: http://youtu.be/4JoDtboAaGg

As a bonus, I’ve made available a free downloadable mp3 version of this meditation so you can experience it on a regular basis or even set it as your alarm clock ring tone so you wake up to something positive every day.

Can’t watch the video right now? Follow these steps to set an intention for your day:

  1. Say, “I am grateful for this day. As I begin a new day, I dwell in gratitude and ask for divine guidance.”
  2. Now, set your intention for the day. What do you want to do today? And, more importantly, how do you want to feel for the day? (Happy, productive, healthy, energetic, calm…?) State your intention out loud: “I intend_____________________________.”
  3. What do you choose to let go of as you begin this brand new day? (Guilt, feelings of unworthiness, worry, doubt, anger…?) Say out loud what baggage you are leaving behind, starting in this moment: “I am letting go of _______________________.”
  4. Open your eyes to the room, ready to start your day.
  5. Depending on the intention that I’ve set for the day, I’ll usually choose a mantra from the book A Course in Miracles that I’ll carry with me throughout the day. For example, if I have a negative feeling toward someone, I might use, “Love holds no grievances.” Or, if my intention for the day is simply to be productive and joyful, I’ll repeat to myself, “My happiness and my function here are one.”

Now it’s your turn: In the comments below, tell me one intention you’re setting for today, and one thing you’re letting go of, starting right now. I can’t wait to hear how this meditation helps you.

12 thoughts on A Guided Meditation To Start Your Day Off Right Leave a reply

  1. Steve Szubert

    It’s always good to dive into the archives of She Takes On The World TV – it’s a diamond mine.

    I’ve been doing something similar to this morning meditation, but I do it the other way around. First I let go of the baggage – any grumpy feelings I wake up with, lingering from the previous day – and then I set my positive intention for the day. Either way, it works very well.

    While watching your video, Natalie, I got the idea that it would be great to this meditation last thing before bed – let go of the day’s baggage and set an intention for the next day (as well as an intention for a good night’s sleep) – and then repeat the meditation first thing in the morning.

    In fact, it would be a good idea to repeat this several times a day “in between meals”, just like a good medicine. That’s the beauty of your short meditations, Natalie – they can fit in any time, any place. Thank you.

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    1. Natalie MacNeil Post author

      Thanks Steve! I’m so glad you find my meditations “portable” and are using them throughout the day as needed. Doing this meditation also before bed is a great idea! Let me know how that works out for you.

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  2. Carolynne Melnyk

    Thank you Natalie! It is always helpful to start my day with a meditation. Mine is little longer, so I am going to use this one and see how it feels for me. I like Steve’s comment about how he starts his day and the suggestions he makes. It is always wonderful that all ways lead to the same destination. I also really like how you add ACIM to your meditation. I let the book fall open and see what guidance I get that day.

    My intention for today is to be productive and open to inspiration. I let go of the need to be right. :)

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    1. Natalie MacNeil Post author

      I’m glad you liked it Carolynne. What a powerful intention you’ve set for yourself. Have you been using my meditation? I’d love to hear how it’s going for you.

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  3. Sarah

    Thanks for this wonderful morning meditation. Reminding us to let go of limiting beliefs and setting an intention for the day is the perfect way to wake up. I am particularly grateful that you provided an MP3 so that I can take this meditation with me when I travel (which is a lot) Do you have any other tips for staying calm and productive on the road?

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  4. Natalie MacNeil Post author

    You’re welcome Sarah! For keeping calm and productive while on the road, I’d recommend really try to stick to a solid routine, especially with how you start your day. That might include some exercise, journaling, and – of course – meditating and setting an intention for the day. Also, try not to overbook yourself; allow some downtime (at least an hour or two) every day to simply explore your surroundings and get some fresh air, without any specific agenda.

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  5. Kari

    I love the intention of this video but I didn’t even have time to repeat the affirmations because everything went so fast. Could you do another one with some time to breath and repeat and think about the wonderful ideas you were setting forth? Thanks!

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    1. Natalie MacNeil Post author

      Hi Kari, thanks for taking the time to give me this feedback. It’s always helpful to know how people respond to the meditations I’m creating and I’ll certainly keep your input in mind when creating my next one. By the way, there is a link in the post above for you to download this mediation — you may find it becomes more comfortable if you run through it a few times. I also have other free, guided meditations on this site (another one may work better for you) — you can find them by using the Search toolbar in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

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  6. Ilsa

    I agree with Kari that I liked the meditation but that it moved too fast- if you could provide another version that allowed more time between prompts, I would love it! Thanks!

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