Many years ago I would get out of bed and just start “doing”…. I was asleep living my life and just going through the motions of existing.
Then I started a ritual of being quiet and still. I made a commitment to getting up a little earlier before the house woke up and began making time for myself. I say this a lot, but when I WOKE UP to living, I became a better person. Part of the waking up process was cultivating a morning ritual.
The results were amazing; I yelled less, I reacted less, I was angry less, and I was peeling off all the garbage I had accumulated through my life. It was clear to me that anger had eroded every cell of my being and I was a perfect example of what that looked like.
I was toxic mess in every aspect of my life. Physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. A toxic, heavy mess.
And then I began this simple morning ritual. I started the great wake up of my life where I went from unconscious living to conscious and deliberate living.
The rest is history 😂
Here is how I start my day: I usually take 30 minutes to do some of these things before the day gets busy.
- I am a big intention-for-the-day person and I almost always pull a positive card that gives me something to think about throughout the day.
- I note all the goodness in my life and welcome in the day with an open heart by breathing mindfully for 5-10 minutes and sitting with all that IS.
- I enjoy my coffee with mindfulness. I practice the art of tasting it, smelling it, and enjoying the warmth.
After this part of my morning is complete and my spirit is cared for, I go and take care of my physical body with movement. Right now I am enjoying short walks and time on my yoga mat or pilates reformer.
Once I have had a little time for myself I can be ready to give to others. You know the old saying you cannot pour from an empty cup.
What’s your morning routine like?
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