Everyone should meditate for twenty minutes each day. Unless you are too busy. Then you should meditate for an hour. 

We might chuckle when we first hear the Japanese proverb quoted above, but on second glance the thought it conveys has profound implications for us as recovering addicts. The practice of starting the day with some time (however brief) of solitude, centering, meditation/prayer, and making a gratitude list is routinely used and recommended by most seasoned recovering addicts. A morning practice helps us to break habitual thought patterns, set a vision and mindset for the day, and start our day with a sense of purpose. Staying in the moment is considerably easier with a daily spiritual practice.

Just for Today
If you haven’t attempted a daily morning practice, try a simple morning routine on a trial basis to see if you find it useful.