Years ago, Christine Kane wrote an article about creating a morning ritual. I read it at a time when I was so hungry for advice, feeling rather lonely and lost – there was a LOT of self-help in my inbox back then. This one really stuck with me, though, and I think if it quite often, actually.
What made me want to share it with you today? Well, if I’m being honest, it’s that 40-day challenge. I mean – wait – not that the 40 days of writing is getting too hard and I’m giving up on creating my own content ;) (Okay, it’s a little bit of that, too.) No – what I mean is, I’ve been thinking again about how that first little piece of your day can make or break the rest of it. Woo-woo as it is, I firmly believe that every morning, you start telling the universe about what’s important to you. And the universe listens. Do you roll over, put on your glasses, and check your email on the smart phone? That’s sending a message. (What kind of response are you getting?)
I would like to set the tone for my day with yoga and meditation first, followed by time spent writing – after all, these are practices I value, and habits I set out to create with the 40-day challenge. I’ve got the first part down, but let me tell you, for the past several nights, I have sat down in front of this computer screen at 9:30 (or later), tired and grouchy about having to come up with something interesting to say to the whole internet. I fear that you probably inferred this on your own.
So. Tomorrow: wake up, do yoga and meditate, write, and then get on with the rest of it. Take a look at Christine’s advice here. Can changing (or creating) your morning ritual improve your day?
How to Create a Powerful Morning Ritual
by Christine Kane
It is said that your habits create your destiny.
I’d add that your habits also create your confidence, courage and even your creativity!
In other words, your daily choices, routines, and seemingly insignificant moments make all the difference in your results.
One of the best ways to generate great results is to create amorning ritual. A powerful morning ritual sets the tone for your entire day – and your entire year!
A ritual is personal. A ritual is creative. (Not reactive!) A ritual is what gets YOU on track to create your best day. (And subsequently, your best life!) It can be as simple as a 15-minute routine, or as intense as long-distance running. The important thing is that it becomes a HABIT.
My morning ritual combines a mixture of physical, mental and heart-centered activities to engage each of these human power centers!
Here are some ideas to help you create your own powerful morning ritual.
Many Eastern health practitioners recommend chugging down at least a half-liter of filtered room-temperaturewater first thing. (Yes, before your coffee!)
Upon waking, your body has spent hours without hydration. Drinking pure water at this time triggers a series of physiological functions that keep your body super healthy. Some report that this one practice can actually heal many diseases. (I’m not a scientist – but I can attest to the amazing results!)
Exercise is called “The Number One Form of Preventive Medicine.”
It is also a prescription for happiness and a cure for depression! Getting exercise first thing sets your day off right. You can do a simple stretching routine, yoga or an all-out heart-pounding hour at the gym. Pick something do-able and do it.
Many people don’t meditate because they find it intimidating. I say, start with just 5 minutes. Meditation connects you to your center, and to the deep silence that surpasses any drama that might be happening in the world of your personality. Don’t worry about doing it right. Just allow yourself the time to BE.
“Intention rules the earth,” says Oprah Winfrey.
It’s true! Your intention is a powerful force to engage.
Remembering your intention puts you back on track. You become focused again.
Reflect for a moment on your Word of the Year. Read a goal you’ve written down for yourself. Remind yourself of a financial dream. (If you’re one of my new students in Uplevel Your Business, read the intention you wrote down on the first day of the program!)
You don’t have to know the HOW. You just need to set the intention so your inner GPS can stay on target!
Before I get out of bed, I silently create a morning gratitude list. When I begin my day remembering my “gratitudes,” (instead of my “anxieties”) my heart fills with extreme joy and deep awareness. I then bring that energy into everything I do – and to everyone with whom I connect.
Use a Netty Pot
(This one’s a little weird!)
For years, my acupuncturist told my husband and I to use a Netty Pot. We laughed at him. Then, in the face of acute sinus problems, my husband tried it and became a convert. He converted me.
A Netty Pot uses warm water and a special salt to cleanse your sinuses and clear your breathing. Google it, and let the idea sit with you for a while. (You might be a convert too!)
Your choice of breakfast foods can set up your success with other meals as well. Start your day off in the healthiest way possible for you – and make it a ritual, not a chore.
Be Prepared: Create a Not-to-Do List
Everyone needs a “Not To Do” morning list.
Suggestions here include anything that brings up a “reactive” state: Turning on the local news. Checking email. Answering texts. Answering the phone.
Let these things wait until AFTER your ritual has been completed!
After reading this article, don’t just think, “Wow. Those are some good ideas. I should try one or two.”
Instead, deliberately create your morning ritual now. Take about 20 minutes to think about and write down what your ritual will be each morning. Start simple at first. Choose one or two items from this menu. Or come up with your own. Write out your Ritual in detail.
Begin first thing tomorrow morning, and let your habits create YOUR destiny starting now!
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