My Magnificent Mornings
How to ReVamp your mornings
I have crazy mornings with 3 kids, a husband and a dog that all need to be taken care of and fed. It’s been my life for years now. I would wake up “shot out of a canon”, as my husband would fondly refer to it, each day. But truthfully, it was wearing me down. Of course, people would lovingly suggest the idea of waking up early so I could get things done. I had tried and retried a dozen times. Trust me. It wouldn't stick.
But I still wasn’t doing it with me in mind. I would wake up to process emails for the kids schools, or check my Facebook, or wander the kitchen until I figured I better get started on breakfast. For the kids, not for me. Or better yet, inevitably, someone else would wake up and the requests would start. Ugh! I had had it!!
As my journey into “what does it mean to self-love” progressed I realized my heart was still not in it. I said I would wake up earlier, and I did. But my intention was not there. I had, once again, not made myself the priority, but instead had put mindless activities in the front of really taking my self-care seriously. In other words, I was completely unfocused and unintentional!
Inspired by a book I was reading, 50 Ways to Yay by Alexi Panos I decided I would hold myself accountable and start waking up early at 5:30am!!
This time I made a "meditation" out of putting water in the kettle to heat for my coffee. I would lovingly get my french press started, smell the coffee grounds, and just enjoy the quiet. I would sit for a minimum of 10 minutes in a gratitude meditation. I would write down 10 things I was grateful for in my life. It could be as simple as "I'm thankful for running water" or "I'm thankful for my children."
What a difference to my mornings!!!
Setting your intention from your Heart will open you up to self-loved mornings
I started before the school year began in 2015 and have continued almost every day since. I feel centered and focused. I'm grounded in my intentions and now I know that I always have the ability to care for myself when I need to. I am not rushed in the mornings like I always had been. I can connect with my kids on our ride to school. Somehow I manage to feed myself and the kids breakfast. And get dressed in clean clothes! Ha!
Here are some ideas to help you get started with your Magnificent Mornings:
- Mandatory Meditation for 5-10 minutes that sets your intention for the day.
- Pour yourself a delicious cup of something, whatever YOU love, as the first welcome to your body.
- Stretch your body to connect to it. It doesn’t always have to be a workout at this time.
- Write down 3 things/people/circumstances you are grateful.
- And include 1 thing you're proud of yourself for doing on the gratitude list!
Let me know how you plan to start your magnificent mornings! I would love to hear from you
*Updated Note May 2018: Since the original post, I now do a 20-25 min meditation along with free-writing journal exercise immediately following it, so that any messages I need to receive are written down on paper. I love this exercise to hear my inner thoughts.