I know what I am about to say is the opposite of what any yogi, conscious person, or meditation teacher “should say” but this space is meant for honesty, right?
Here it is. Although my idea of the ideal, perfect morning would include gorgeous nature, the dock at my family’s river house, and all of the avocado toast in the world, the more controversial side of me admits that one of my favorite things to do in the morning is browse the internet reading my favorite blogs while watching Good Morning America and Live with Kelly and Michael and drinking copious amounts of coffee. For. Hours. (read more)
And you know what, I will do this, on occasion, because it is a happy place for me and makes me feel good. However, if this were my normal routine I would get nothing done and be a total couch potato.
It is common to turn to the internet first thing in the morning but before you do here are a few simple rituals to add to your morning routine.
- Go outside. Even if it is cold. Even if it is just for a minute. Getting outside and breathing fresh air is one of the best things to do for your self in the morning. Think about how you feel when you are on vacation and you step outside in the morning to view your beautiful surroundings. Sure, your front yard may not have the same obvious beauty as an ocean view but it is beautiful non the less. Connecting to whatever outdoor space is around you connects you to the earth and can be a great way to start the morning feeling grounded and grateful.
- Take a moment. This goes along with stepping outside. Try to take just a minute in stillness and quiet before you start running around. I promise you can do this, no matter how demanding your morning may be. You will feel better after.
- Text a friend. My husband will be the first to say that text messages are impersonal and too effortless to be thought of as a sweet gesture. I disagree, partially. He is right but the fact remains, we do text, all of the time, so why not also use that tool to bring a little bit of joy to someone you love? Once you get in your morning groove, take a minute to send someone out of your ordinary communication circle a message that says, “Have a great day, I love you!” By taking just a slight break to text a friend you are going outside of yourself and making a small gesture to brighten someone else’s day.
Now excuse me, I haven’t been outside yet. Side note: be easy on yourself. Here I go!