morning rituals

meditation

flotar entre las nubes by Mariano Peccinetti

Are you a morning person?  I’m not really.  My entire life (including childhood) I’ve always felt more active and alive at night. Mornings can feel like a struggle to leave the cozy cocoon of the soft sheets and the hazy dreams of the night.  Lately, though, I’ve been feeling a strong pull for waking up earlier to enjoy more moments of quiet before the inevitable energy of the day picks up and swirls me along with it.  Early morning hours are traditionally thought to be a sacred time where creativity flows.  The magic of the transition, in between the unconscious and the conscious, where clarity, self reflection, and intuition are easier to touch.

It is so juicy to sit, write, do some sun salutations, or simply sit and sip a hot tea or tonic alone in the crisp air before the rest of the world stirs.  Our bodies crave this quietness and need it just as much as healthy food, movement, and other wellness practices.  Especially if you live in a city where it can be so easy to become disconnected from nature, from oneness.  Especially if you are a parent and your alone time has been given up for years.  Even if you have only 5 or 10 minutes to spare, that time is gold.  That time in invaluable.  It’s the time you show up for yourself, that you hold space for yourself.  The time for you to unapologetically take care of  you before anyone else.  We need that.  Everyone does.

full Moon morning Sagittarius

full moon in Sagittarius setting 

The practices you choose are yours.  Feel deeply into what fills your cup and focus your energy there.  We are all so beautifully different in our needs.  Find something that resonates with you and makes you surrender and let go just a little more.  Here’s a few suggestions…

meditation- Headspace was my jam when I was first figuring out the ropes here.  Short or long, meditation can produce palpable effects in our mind and body, reducing inflammation and decreasing gray matter in the area of the brain connected to anxiety and stress.

gratitude- feeling into the things you’re truly grateful for, big or small.  Saying them aloud or writing them down.

“morning pages”- stream of consciousness journaling- this doesn’t need to be, and often isn’t, good writing.  It’s simoly meant as a tool to get all your feelings and thoughts out and in the open.  You will be amazed at what comes through you.  Learn more HERE.

affirmations- powerfully positive statements spoken as if they already are occurring… such as… “I am abundant” “I freely give to others” “I actively release patterns that do not serve me”. Said aloud, these are so powerful.  Notice any self doubt or self criticism that ineveirable comes up when you say these positive things.  The inner critic.  Notice it, realize it’s all in your head, and move on.  You deserve happiness.  More HERE.

yoga- a few sun salutations or a whole practice.  Or just simple stretches.  To me it feels so opening and freeing to stretch and move and release that morning stuckness.

deep breathing- intentional breaths, deep into your belly.  You can work with breath also by holding your thumb to close 1 nostril, breathing in, switching the thumb to the other nostril, breathing out, repeat.  More on controlled breathing and its benefits HERE.

setting an intention for how you will spend your time, energy, space today.  More on intentions HERE.

self care- dry brushing, gua sha, self massage, oil pulling are all amazing.

beverage ritual- hot ginger and lemon tea, sunshine latte, adaptogen tonic, nourishing herbal infusions.

reishi latte

reishi, cordyceps, cacao powder, hemp seeds, dates, cinnamon and hot water blended smooth

What I’ve personally been doing: waking up at 5:15, shuffling out to the kitchen to make tea, heading outside, marveling at the moon, writing 3 pages non stop in my journal (just whatever comes to mind without stopping or judging or censoring), going through a few sun salutations, burning some incense or palo santo and sitting to meditate 10-15 minutes.  By then it’s between 6-6:30 depending on how slow or fast I’m flowing.  My kids don’t usually wake up until 7, so I have plenty of time to get dressed, make breakfast, lunches, maybe do a load of laundry or put away the dishes.  When they are awake, we can sit down and talk and enjoy breakfast together- no rush, no stress, just connection and joy.

How we live our days is how we live our lives.  Often times we lose sight of the daily, thinking we will get to it later, be better later.  There is only now.  Make room daily for self growth.  I hope I inspire you to infuse a little ritual and peace into your mornings this coming week…please let me know how it goes if you try it.  All my love xx

1 thought on “morning rituals”

  1. This is great. I’m inspired. Amanda, what time do you go to bed at night in order to wake at 5:15? Do you feel rested?

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