I wasn’t necessarily planning on posting today, but after such an amazing morning, I just have to.
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Yesterday was a lower-energy day. It felt like everyone I knew was particularly struggling by last night, and though I released a number of prayers into the Universe yesterday, I really needed some rest overnight. Slept in till 11am, and while that usually frustrates me because it makes me feel like I’ve robbed myself of my morning (mornings have become sacred for me and I’ll tell you why in a moment), today I awoke with a sense of peace. “Oh well,” I said to myself. “I must have needed the sleep.” (I did.)
So rather than rushing to the bathroom to wash up and start my day, I felt called to take it easy and devote some time to nurture my soul today. I began with my Morning Pages, which is a concept I am eternally grateful to have learned from business mentor Kris Britton: Every day since she coached me over the phone (she lives in Vancouver) in the beginning of August, I get up earlier than usual to devote 15 minutes purely to journaling.
|This is actually my journal, after I had done a goals exercise by Tony Robbins. 🙂
I LOVE these handmade journals by Poetic Earth!
I get one every summer at Printer’s Row Lit Fest.
Rather than this journaling be like what I used to do when I was a teen or young adult rambling on about whatever (and sure, there’s some of that too), I have tweaked the practice to become a spiritual habit, writing a sort of ongoing conversation with God, or the Universe (whatever you want to call it). Every day, I begin this way, and it’s become indispensible to my daily life. It’s different from journaling at night, because at nighttime you become so focused on going to bed that it becomes sort of a chore and so easy to just brush off for “later.”
But to begin the day with a conversation with the divine, I find that I can get off my chest any troubles I have on my mind, set my intentions and goals, and I can ask the Universe for help. I feel like this practice has changed the way I live my life because not only does it set the tone for my day with humility, faith, and honesty, but it has brought in so many blessings. “Ask and you shall receive,” indeed! I’ve become so hooked on the journaling that even in times of stress during the day or afternoon, I’ll add Evening Pages. It helps me release whatever is blocking me, and it’s fascinating to watch anger and frustration turn into a gentler, loving progression.
Anyway, rather than stopping at the Morning Pages today, I finished my 15 minutes, and played some relaxing music so I could give meditation a try. Meditation has always been one of those “should dos” in my life, but because of my active monkey mind (not a good thing), I’ve always found it nearly impossible. I’ve gotten a lot of advice regarding meditation in the past and I plan to write a post devoted strictly to the practice, but later — because I only started with five minutes today. (Hey, I was being realistic.)
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After the meditation, I played different relaxing music so I could go back to my bed, get comfortable (not too comfortable), and read Om for the Mom for 30 minutes. The experience of reading this book is interesting because I actually know the author and co-author (officially, editor). As I said previously, the author is the big sister of my best friend Sarah, so reading this book is like getting to know them better. It’s pretty cool.
Anyway, I concluded my reading with one of the breathing exercises included in the book, to take 40 slow, intentional, and deep breaths in and out of my nose.
Breath, by the way, is quite literally a vital component to our bodies and our lives. I’m going to write on that in more depth, again, later.
After this slow morning of just “me time,” I feel SO serene and wonderful. So much so that I rushed over to my laptop as soon as the practice concluded, and began to share this with you.
As much as any or all of this can sound kind of hokey, I want this post to give you permission to try out any spiritual practices and/or morning rituals for yourself. Try it on, reflect, see how it fits. No one has to know, anyway — what you do during your “me time” and while getting in touch with the divine is only between you and God. I’m only sharing with you because it’s Spirit September and I feel so amazing.
What do you do to start your day? Have you ever tried journaling first thing? Or meditation? Share in the comments below!
To our healing,