Starting your morning with loving intention is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself. It helps to ground and center yourself before taking on all the things life has to throw at you. I personally try to wake up just a little bit early to begin every day with a few simple mindful practices. You only need 30 minutes for the following, I guarantee it will have a powerful impact on your entire day. Give it a try!
STEP ONE - MAKE A COZY DRINK - (5 MINUTES)
Make your favorite cup of tea/coffee/hot water with lemon and find the coziest corner of your home to write. Find and create a space that feels special to you.
STEP TWO - 10 MINUTES OF WRITING
Use a timer and start with 5 minutes of a “brain dump” / free-form writing. Just get words on a page, even if they don't make sense.
After the five minutes, pause to check in with yourself and see if there is anything you need in this moment. Write it down. My teacher taught me a trick called “PIES”. You check in with your Physical self, your Intellectual self, your Emotional self and your Spiritual self. Pause and ask them individually exactly what they need today in this moment and write it down.
Lastly, I finish with writing down 3 things I am grateful for THAT DAY. The key is writing new things each day to remind yourself how many gifts each day brings.
STEP THREE - WAKE UP THE BODY - (10 MINUTES)
Pull out your yoga mat and do 5 to 10 minutes of light yoga stretching. Really focus on your breathing. These movements can be gentle, sometimes it's as simple as child's pose, down dog, cat cow, simple twists or some sun salutations. This allows you to connect your mind, body, and breath.
STEP FOUR - MEDITATION - (5 MINUTES)
I try to never skip out on my morning meditation. Even if you can only get 5 minutes in, its worth it. I personally use a timer app called Insight Timer. Feel free to be relaxed, lay down, sit on the couch, get comfortable and simply focus on your breath.