OM095 – Early Mornings, Intermittent Fasting, And Tips To Propel Your Practice
How do you keep your meditation practice strong and steady? How do you stay inspired? In this episode, I share some of the things that have added fuel to my fire and helped a lot to keep my meditation practice fruitful.
In particular, we explore the power of getting up early as a way to boost your practice. For me, it’s a game changer. I went from never setting an alarm to setting it for 515am every morning and I feel awesome as a result.
Because I’m logging a minimum of 30 minutes of meditation. I’m reading 10-20 pages of a book each morning. And I’m managing to squeeze in deep breathing and exercise (running) as well. And usually I’m done with all that by around 730.
Coming out of the gates like that every morning affects every aspect of my life and I haven’t looked back. I love it.
Another game changer? Intermittent fasting. During the week, I’ve been experimenting with having just miso and chicken broth at dinner time.
So effectively, I’m giving up dinner during the week. The result? I feel incredible. I don’t miss eating dinner. I bounce out of bed in the mornings. I feel lighter and I’m shedding unnecessary pounds.
Also, there is something deep and peace inducing about giving up food. There’s a reason that fasting has occupied a hallowed place among the spiritual practices of the great mystical traditions since time immemorial.
Renouncing your core cravings makes you strong and gives you spiritual vitality.
And although I’m only fasting from after lunch to breakfast the next morning—from 2pm to 6am or about 18 hours—it still makes a difference physically, emotionally, and psychologically.
If that kind of thing resonates with you, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
And finally, I share some tips and advice that I gave to one of our members who was struggling with motivation. I think you’ll find it useful.