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What is your morning routine?

What do you like to do when you wake up in the morning? Do you have a regular practice of any kind, apart from the coffee ceremony, that is?
The way you start your day is reflected throughout the rest of your day, that is why I like to make meditation my first priority in the mornings. Through this practice, my thoughts are filtered, and my reactions observed. It is comparable to clearing, and sorting the file cabinet before deciding which files to take action on. This leaves my mind clear for the day, without any thoughts nagging or demanding my time and energy. Once I’ve taken the time to observe my cravings and reactions, I also no-longer need to run after everything which draws my attention during the day. Meditation is like a huge energy saver, using the precious resources of time and energy so sufficiently.
Yet, sitting still and watching your breathing, is simply not everyone’s cup of tea. Writing a journal is another practice that can help you focus and start the day off on the right foot. Be sure to always end the writing on a positive note, especially if you have been venting about all that bothers you, as once again, what you do in the morning set the tone for the rest of your day.
Writing in rhyme is even more fun, as you blend the use of both left and right brain function into a piece of art. Allowing poetry to flow out of you, bridges the wakening of the conscious mind to join the mysteries of the subconscious, which is in top form as you are waking up. I can hardly think of a more joyous way to wake yourself up in the morning.
Having an inspirational book by my bedside is an absolute must for me. Face it, some mornings we need a little help from sources outside of ourselves and a well written high energy book is sure to wake you up to a high vibration, setting you up for a stellar day. A few of my favorites are: “The Artist’s Way,” “The Tao Te Ching,” and B.K.S Iyengar’s “Light on Life.”
There are some mornings where starting the day with physical activities such as light stretching, or a long gently walk out in nature, is the best medicine for a morning achy body, an active mind, and a receptive soul. The gentle movements of the body soothes me into a easy waking that allows me to feel the freshness and potential of a new day, reserving mental activity to the observation of the coolness on my skin and the freedom to move.
Happy awakenings!