I wanted to pop in quick today and talk about a new-ish routine that I have been doing each morning.
You may know that Mon-Fri I wake up about an hour before my kids and use that time to center myself and get my day started on the right foot. This is my sacred time, even though I have more alone time in the day to do this, I find doing it right away creates a better day no only for myself, but those around me. Here’s my basic routine:
5:30 am Wake Up! I get a cup of coffee (a Keurig cup with agave and almond milk that I heat up in the microwave for 30 seconds.)
5:35-6am: I typically listen to a podcast while I sit and sip my coffee. Two that Iisten to weekly are “Awesome with Alison” and Brooke Castillo’s “Life Coach School Podcast”. I also just started listening to Melissa Urban’s “Do the Thing” (loved her one on bomb proofing her self confidence!) and Rachel Hollis’ podcast is great, too. I listen to business ones as well, but typically stick with self help in the early morning.
I also have my journal out (just a plain notebook from Target) and I write notes as I listen. I do a gratitude list, I write my affirmations, and I just jot down whatever comes to mind. If I am feeling especially “needy,” I skip the podcast and just journal out my thoughts. It acts like a big ‘ol brain dump and helps clear my often over active mind. I make lists, talk about what is bothering me, and just try to get what is trapped in my head OUT. If you need help with a journal prompt area, “The Artists Way” is a great book to get you started on why “Morning pages” are so important.
6-6:20am: I turn off my podcast and go to Youtube and pick meditation music. There is so much on there, there are ones with binaural beats, chanting, soft music, tibetan singing bowls, etc. My fave is one called, “Early Morning Chants” because the chants are broken up into 10 minute segments, so I know when one ends I need to move on. I work on meditating for ten minutes a day. There are a million ways to meditate and it just takes practice. It isn’t about shutting your brain off, it is about letting thoughts pass through without judgement. If I don’t meditate I feel a big difference in my day.
Here is what I do to set my daily intention:
In my notebook I write, “What is my intention today,” or “What do I need to know today?” I then set my notebook aside, sit crosslegged on my couch, and listen to my meditation music. I try to focus on simple breathing, or the chants, and just be open to hear what my intention is.
Sometimes the intention doesn’t come right away, but I often hear one word or one phrase. Where it comes from, is anyone’s guess. You can say your inner being, or the universe, angels, WHATEVER. But I do believe we are guided. It feels good to me to know that when I close my eyes and calm down and ask a question, and answer is given.
Once I hear my answer, I write it down. Sometimes I meditate with my eyes open and a whole paragraph of intention comes out, sometimes it is just a word. I just try to do ten minutes of focused inner work where I listen to my inner guide. I actually call her “Lisa” and she talks to me when I ask, so please don’t commit me just yet;) The most important thing here is to just TRUST what you hear. I always hear something when I ask, and I work on doing that thing that day.
Examples of Intentions I hear:
“Stay in the moment, Relax.”
“Rest and Renew.” (Skipped the gym that day and took a long nap.)
Sometimes it tells me to call certain people, or to get work done. Right now it tells me to rest more, so I (working on….)listening to that! She tells me that A LOT.
After that I read a page in this book and ponder that for a bit (start on the day you get it and not in the beginning!), and then my kids come out for breakfast at 6:20 and the day gets rolling!
SO that’s it! I write my daily intention on a post it note and put in on my daily planner, and I work on focusing on that. I think the important thing is to just trust what it says and to do your best to follow it. If it says to rest, think of what you can let go of. I am notoriously bad at this (I’m working on my perfectionistic tendencies and trying to be all the things to all of the people!) The advice you are given is your truth for what you need right this minute, and the more you resist it, the harder it gets until we are FORCED to face it (see: my hospital visit in July…)
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