What you need to do every morning
What is it with mornings? Why is it so hard to get out of bed? If you have trouble getting up in the morning, this is the article for you. What if you didn’t have to get up just yet? What if I told you that staying in bed for just a little longer actually would be beneficial for your health? Well, I give you the permission right now 🙂
Start a morning ritual
A morning ritual is a little bit different from a morning routine, since it has kind of a touch of spirituality to it. It’s not just about brushing your teeth and having some breakfast before you hit off to work. It’s about being present. For me it also includes a lot of law of attraction work. I dedicate about 1,5 hours for my morning ritual every morning, but that’s not a rule of any sort. You have to try it out, and see if the methods I recommend suits your needs. If they don’t, substitute them for something else or shorten the time for your ritual.
The most important thing is that you start a ritual so that you can start the habit.
Why do you need a morning ritual?
Since I started with my morning ritual, my life has improved significantly, and this is why I urge you to start one for yourself. Life just seems to run a bit more smoothly throughout the day. You don’t get so upset with your co-workers, and you will become a master of your feelings and emotions when you dedicate your mornings to a powerful morning ritual.
What does a morning ritual include?
The morning ritual is there to remind you to be mindful and be aware of the present moment. After your alarm clock goes off, stay in bed for about 5 minutes and feel with all your senses. Listen to the sounds. Be mindful about everything you hear and see around you.
Close your eyes (and try not to fall asleep!) Feel that coziness still in your body after a good night’s rest. Take a deep breath and visualize the air as a beam of light spreading in your body. Hold your breath for a second and allow that light to spread into every corner in your entire body. Exhale and visualize your breath as toxic smoke leaving your body. Inhale and visualize the light again. Do this as many times you want until you feel rejuvenated and filled with light.
I can hear you right now: “I don’t have time for meditation in the morning”. If you think you don’t have time to meditate, you definitely need it. Please give it a try for 10 minutes every morning for at least a month (the amount of time it takes to form a habit) to make this into your everyday routine. The benefits are huge.
How do you meditate?
I usually do one of two techniques:
1. The “do nothing” technique. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and just focus on your breathing. Feel that you are “being breathed”. Allow thoughts enter the mind, observe them and let them go. If you feel some tension or resistance in your body, observe it and allow it to be there. Get to know how it feels. Then let it go. Return gently to your breathing. If you have a lot of mind chatter, just let it be there and don’t judge it. Just return to the breaking. Sit for at least 10 minutes.
2. The mala method. This is not by any means the way it should be done if it’s done properly, but I have “westernized” this ancient mantra chanting technique by putting in some affirmations instead. If you have a mala necklace you can use that, but it works without a mala as well. I’m going to assume that you have a mala.
Sit comfortably and phrase a powerful affirmation for yourself. Maybe you already have one that you use for other purposes as well. Then you can use that. I’ve found that the most effective affirmations are not the usual “I am beautiful” or “I am rich” kind of of stuff. I always feel fake when I use the “I am_ _ _ _ _” affirmations.
If you feel like me, my suggestion is this: Just speak out words that you associate with the kind of vibe you want to get in touch with: “health”, “wealth”, “beauty” and so on. Then you can harvest the good vibe and feeling from the word, without feeling like you’re faking it.
2. The water glass method.
This is the visualization part of your morning ritual. If you are a scientifically minded person you might get scared off by this tip, since it’s not been scientifically proven or anything. But I don’t care. It works for me and that is the only result I need. Try it out for yourself if you want.
The water glass method includes:
- one glass of water
- 5-10 minutes of your time.
Pour a glass of water.
Sit with it in your hands, and visualize yourself in the future, when you’re already in possession of the goal you want to attract into your life. Try to see it as vividly as you possibly can, and go into “prosperity mindset” with this. See your vision from every possible angle. Who are you when your goal is already achieved?
When you have a clear picture in your mind, drink the water, to “internalize” your vision so to speak. Visualize the water “saturated” with your vision or goal, spreading to every cell in your body, and let it do its work to implement the vision into your body.
3. Morning pages
Write your morning pages. This is the best advice I can ever give you. I’ve been loyal to Julia Cameron’s method for several years now. There has been times where I’ve felt lazy or prioritized other things in the morning and I’ve always regretted it during that day. It’s simply the best way to start your mornings. This can take a while, so set aside at least half an hour to do this procedure every morning. This is by far the best gift you can give yourself.
I also find that the morning pages after a meditation session is a great way to go, because something usually bubbles up and hits the surface during the meditation. If you want to examine that further, the morning pages method the way to go.
Who has time for this every morning, you ask?
Well, you do. Give yourself this every day and you will soon start to see some serious improvement in different areas of your life. And the best part? You get to stay in bed during the whole ritual.