We all want to live meaningful and happy lives. The mystics, like St. Ignatius of Loyola, give us a simple and effective way. Pay attention to the last thing at night and the first moments in the morning (Spiritual Exercises 73 -74).
In the first waking moments we lay out the script for the rest of the day. If our first conscious moments have a positive feel then the rest of the day we will unconsciously find ways to sustain that feeling. The experience of the first thing in the morning is contingent with the last thing that we do at night.
Here’s one simple way of doing this. Fall asleep every night with gratitude for the blessings of the day and spend the first two minutes of the day in meditation. As soon as you wake up, sit on your bed and focus on your breathing. See yourself as a flute and your breath as the Divine Essence or Divine energy passing through every pore of your being, channeling blissful music the rest of the day and every day for the rest of your life.
There is no right way of doing this. Just do it and you will realize the difference! Gratitude is the memory of the heart; the unconscious continues to reveal myriads of gifts while we are asleep and is attuned to the gifts that the new day offers. Also, if the first two waking minutes are significant to us then the unconscious begins the meditation exercise long before we wake up; the Divine Energy or Music flows through our being without our knowing it the rest of our day until it becomes a way of life.
“The morning breeze has secrets to tell you. Do not go back to sleep” Rumi.