How Are You Starting Your Morning?
So many of us mindlessly hit the alarm off in the morning and either go back to sleep or roll out of bed stumbling into the kitchen for our first cup of coffee. We rarely think about the fact that we just woke up. We’re alive, breathing and able to live another day! We get so caught up in the busyness and stress of our lives…we forget to not only be grateful period but we forget to be grateful for the biggest gift of all…our breath. And that fact that we’re alive!
A few weeks ago I realized I was guilty of this. And boy did that carry some shame and guilt. I’m a yoga instructor and energy healer…I mean come on! Of all humans, I should be able to be conscious of this in every moment. But I quickly let that shish go when I heard the whisper of amazing words and wisdom from Maya Angelou “…when you know better you do better.” Boom. That was it for me. I realized my downfall and then, I change it.
From that day on I started a morning ritual. Most of it stays the same but we’re dynamic beings so I sometimes add or exchange pieces of the ritual depending on my ‘season’ (season is a nicer way of saying mood…😊). Remember to honor your soul and come up with a morning ritual routine that truly resonates with you. Something that sings to your soul. But here is my current morning ritual;
SACRED ALTAR: I created a sacred space for me to go to in the morning. This space has a crystal bowl, a white candle, framed artwork with a positive affirmation, and a morning prayer I recite each morning.
SMILE: As soon as my alarm goes off, I intentionally smile to ensure I start my day off with positive vibes.
GRATITUDE JOURNAL: I then grab my pen and gratitude journal off my nightstand and write. Usually through sleepy eyes still so my writing is barely legible. But that’s ok! Some mornings I write one thing “breath” and other morning I fill the page. But I write something/s I am grateful for before my feet hit the floor.
MORNING PRAYER: I recite a profound heart-centering prayer by Marianne Williamson from her book Illuminata A Return To Prayer. This prayer strongly resonates with me and immediately grounds and connects me to my soul and a higher power.
CANDLE: I have a white candle that I reiki charged. I light the candle asking that the energy and intention of the words I just spoke from my prayer are carried away into the Universe through its sacred smoke.
This whole process takes less than 5 minutes and is worth every second. We all have 5 minutes to spare for something as divine as this.
Do you have a morning ritual? Share it in the comments below!
In Love & Gratitude,