The intention to be mindful is growing around the world, particularly in the West. Tired of overwork, approximately one-third of Americans now strive to meditate in the morning. In fact, the poll of 2,000 people found that time set aside for mindfulness is considered to be nearly as important as coffee or exercise before work.
As GoodNewsNetwork reports, the survey sought to explore people’s morning routines and lifestyles. The questions focused on how people wished to spend their time. If anything, the results revealed that the self-care movement is alive and well.
Americans are embracing the concept of meditation, particularly for the contemplative and mood-elevating effects. In the poll, 36% said that their “perfect morning routine” includes setting aside to meditate, or rest in silence and calm their minds. Similarly, 24% said yoga is part of their ideal morning routine.
Leaves From The Tree of My Life
by Bente Dammegard
Written a few years before the author Bente Dammegaard left this world: “At the moment I am 81 years old and live on the beautiful island of Mallorca, Spain. When I wrote the book I looked back on my life wondering how on earth I had succeeded in collecting so many years. Along the way I have become the mother of three wonderful and very different children, have spent a lot of my life as a translator and, as such, have translated books, films, comics and scientific texts. I have been an instructor of non-violent jiujitsu, been a teacher of languages for adults and never had a steady job but always been a free lance person, that is to say I have worked my bum off when others were on holiday, been a tourist guide at an old fortress/castle – which the Swedes built against us Danes, and I was the first and only one to conquer it. I am a Dane by birth, moved to Sweden in 1966 with husband and three children, lived there for more than 35 years and moved to Spain because the ice and snow on the roads of Sweden were just too much. I am now, more than ever, conscious of the fact that I – and nobody else in the universe – am responsible for how my attitude towards life is. I can choose to see myself as a victim and feel sorry for me, or I can see myself as surrounded by miracles, which I truly am, and be grateful.”
A whopping 40 percent of participants said they prefer exercising first thing in the morning to set up their day. They prefer to elevate their blood pressure before starting their work day or jumping into reading the news.
The survey was conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Thermador. Poll results show that two-thirds of people (65%) are longing for more control of their mornings. Furthermore, 77% rate their mornings as “busy.” One in five respondents said that they are always in a rush to get out of the door each morning.
1. Coffee (52%)
2. Tasty breakfast (41%)
3. Exercise (40%)
4. Meditation (36%)
5. Watch the news (33%)
6. Read the news (31%)
7. Listen to a podcast (27%)
8. Have a juice (26%)
9. Yoga (24%)
Of those surveyed, 74% agreed that having more time in the morning would be a true luxury.
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Amanda Froelich — I’m an RHN, chef, writer, activist, and entrepreneur who lives in Colorado. I share healthy plant-based recipes at Life in Bloom and cannabis-infused recipes at My Stoned Kitchen. Read More stories by Amanda Froelich
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This article was sourced from Truth Theory.