The way we begin our morning, helps set the tone for the whole day. Bringing mindfulness to our mornings and starting the day aligned to our inherent wholeness, joy, peace, stillness, love, innocence, and well-being, can help us to stay more deeply rooted to these qualities and the true Self (also known as Awareness, Presence, Love, Inner Spirit, Source) throughout the day.
Mindfulness, which is a state of mind characterized by awareness, being fully present in the now moment, and non-judgement/compassion, helps us to take back/be in our power, and move forward towards living the life that our heart truly desires. It can help us break free from limiting patterns and behaviors that can keep us stuck or stagnating. Implementing a mindful morning routine suited specifically to your interests can promote the experience of increased relaxation, upliftment, optimism, and joy every day.
Each morning I follow a routine that I love to do. Before getting out of bed, I pause and take some quiet time to tune inwards. I drink a glass of water and then I meditate. That's my morning routine and how I spend the first hour to ninety minutes or so of my day. In the morning, I don't check emails, scroll through notifications on the phone, nor internet search until after I have finished my morning routine. It's my time for me. I stay "unplugged" from the outside world during this time.
My morning routine feels so good and I look forward to meditating each morning. Meditating helps me feel joyful, empowered, grateful, relaxed, motivated, and peaceful. Experiencing these feelings also helps me to bring them into the rest of my morning and day.
These elevated feelings and emotions of joy, peace, well-being, and love are always present within us, as they are the true essence of what we are (the true Self). And, when we do an activity that we enjoy, we connect with the true Self. A deepening and strengthening of the connection to these elevated feelings and emotions can also occur. Having a mindful morning routine that I practice daily upon waking, has been very beneficial.
When creating a mindful morning routine for yourself that will work best for you, some things to consider are as follows.
--What are your desired feelings that you want to experience and strengthen? Joy? Peace? Motivation? Relaxation? Trust in the Inherent Power/Wisdom within? etc…
--Without feeling constrained for time, how much time can you devote to your morning routine? Begin with whatever works for you. We are all different.
5 minutes? 15 minutes? 30 minutes? 45 minutes? 60 minutes? …
Note: one may not think so, but even 5 minutes of a mindful morning practice can produce significant benefits. What is important is not the length of time, but commitment to practicing daily which will build new habits and routines.
Creating Your Mindful Morning Routine
After you have answered the above two questions, you can create your morning routine. (What type of activity will help you feel what you want to experience and reinforce?)
Some examples of activities you may like to consider are:
-Practicing gratitude. You might like to have a gratitude journal and write down everything you are grateful for.
-Setting an intention for the day. For example, to practice deeper self-kindness. You may like to write down or journal how you will practice self-kindness. What things will you do and not do to nurture self-kindness? What behaviors will you demonstrate and which ones will you avoid? What choices will you make and not make?
-If you practice a vibrational therapy like reiki or sound therapy for example, you could give yourself a treatment or play a singing bowl.
-A mindful movement activity like yoga, tai chi, or qi gong
-Listening to music, singing, or playing an instrument
-Having a warm drink
These are just possible suggestions. I'm sure you can think of others too. You may want to just select between 1-3 activities, so you do not feel rushed and can engage in them mindfully. If you decide to do more than one activity, consider how long you will spend on each one.
Practicing your chosen morning activity or activities mindfully means staying present in the now moment as awareness and with compassion and non-judgement to whatever arises. Engaging in activities in this manner also helps to deepen self-kindness.
Once you have decided on an activity that you are interested in, you can get started practicing your new routine each morning with a mindful approach. Even before beginning your new morning practice, you can reflect on how giving yourself this time for nurturing and self-care feels and will feel. If any thoughts come up just observe them with compassion, love, and non-judgement. You can click here if you would like to read my blog post, “Taking Your Power Back from Mind Chatter with Self-Kindness” for info about being aware of thoughts that arise with presence, non-judgement and compassion.
Enjoy your new mindful morning routine! Have fun with it. As the days go by, you can always make changes to your mindful morning routine if you like. Let the desired feelings that you want to feel and reinforce guide you.
After a period of time, perhaps 30 days, take a moment to reflect on the following.
--How have you been feeling since bringing mindfulness into your morning routine?
--What benefits has this practice had in your life?
PS. Feel free to share in the comments below, how you get on with incorporating this mindfulness practice into your morning routine. I always love to read your comments.
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