My morning ritual has changed my outlook on life. This may sound dramatic, but it’s true. It took me a while to get to this place of deep appreciation for setting myself up for the day physically and mentally. But now that I have it, it’s very rare that I miss my morning practice. It’s become an act of self-love.
I’ve dabbled with morning rituals and practices for many years. Sometimes it’s been a yoga practice, other times meditation, and at times, writing in a journal…they’ve all been helpful but didn’t always stick. If I fell off the routine over a day or two, it was difficult to get back on track. It definitely takes making a commitment and once you feel the effects, it’s more difficult not to continue than to fall off! Now, if something has prevented me from getting to my ‘morning’ ritual after I wake up, I will find time to do it sometime during the day. I don’t feel quite complete if I don’t get it to during the day. At the moment, I do some specific breathwork practices and a sitting meditation.
Mornings are an ideal time to practice if you can find some quiet time and space to connect with yourself. Connecting with yourself does not look like going through a mental to-do list or checking your email. I HIGHLY recommend a gap of time between waking up and checking your phone. As your brain is waking up, before it’s fully awake, there is still time to dream and connect with your higher self before your ego self kicks in! This could look like a talking a walk, engaging in some form of meditative movement, dancing, watching the sunrise, journaling, or meditation.
A morning ritual is like an appointment with the divine, the universe, your true self, whatever you feel most comfortable calling it. I started to see and experience it as a way to connect more deeply to my truest wants and needs as well as notice any voices in my head that felt limiting. As the day begins, the wants and needs of others usually crowd our system. Our own negative self-talk can sometimes take charge in situations. All our patterns kick in and we tend to go on auto-pilot. If you take the time to drop more and more into that place of connection with yourself, especially in the quieter hours of the morning, it’s much easier to access that part of you later in the day, when you’re making a decision, having a difficult conversation, feeling stressed about something, or noticing the beauty in the moment. This does NOT mean that your life becomes ‘perfect,’ but it becomes much more conscious and full of choices. And choice gets you closer to freedom.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts about this and if you’re interested in designing a morning practice that’s right for you and would like some guidance, contact me. I’d love to support you!