I feel a bit sheepish admitting that having a consistent morning routine has often eluded me. Some days I’d get out of bed and meditate for 30 minutes, other days I’d charge into the day feet first.
I had all sorts of rationalizations. No time. I didn’t “need” it. And so on. However, I couldn’t help but notice that on the days I cobbled together some sort of routine… well, I simply felt better. Both in the moment and later in the day.
Things finally shifted a couple of months ago when I started experimenting with “small habit changes” in my life. One was the morning routine. It began with simply getting up, doing a short meditation and setting an intention for the day. But as I showed up day after day and felt the positive benefits, I started craving more. I noticed what worked, what was missing and then organically added on the pieces that felt right.
I’m happy to say that my morning routine has shifted from a variable occurrence to a crucial part of my day that brings me more peace, vitality and creativity. It’s not something I push myself to do, it’s something I wake up excited to do.
I call my morning routine “Mmmmm” – because it’s delicious and reflects the sigh of ease I feel after I do it. Also, there’s that letter “M” — Meet, Meditate, Melt, Move, Merge, Motivate and Moment. I can stretch it out to 45 minutes or compress it into 5, depending on the day. I share it here to inspire you as you start your day…
Mmmmmmm Morning Routine
Meet: When I wake up, some days I feel great and others, not so much. Whichever kind of day arrives, as I’m lying in bed or while journaling, I “meet” what is there in the moment. So I may “meet” stiff shoulders, a feeling of resistance, sadness or joy. I may meet an active mind jumping forward into the day, or a relaxed mind that is lazily wondering what’s for breakfast. There is no good or bad, I simply notice and accept all of my current experience as a way of coming home to myself.
Meditate: This needs little explanation. Sometimes I sit quietly and watch my breath for 5 minutes, sometimes much longer.
Melt: After I meet everything, I bring the parts of me needing more love into my heart. I hold them with compassion, as a mother would, and listen to them (without being carried away by them). When I take the time to do that, they melt and dissipate rather than becoming angsty voices I carry around all day. My wholeness expands as the needy parts of me are taken care of.
Move: A few stretches reconnect me to my body and breath. Sometimes my body feels great from the get-go; other times I meet and tend to some new stiffness or ache. In that case, the “movement” may be to the freezer for an ice pack!
Merge: Now that I’m feeling more centered and in touch with myself in the moment, it’s time to move beyond myself. That’s when I may read some David Whyte or Mark Nepo poetry, say the Prayer of St. Francis, look at an image of the wide open sky and mountains in New Mexico, or do something that opens me to a more expansive place. My problems become small in this bigger context. My heart opens even more. I breath in spaciousness and divinity.
Motivate: Finally, I focus on the day ahead. I may set an intention for how I want to feel, or I may “script” the day in written form. This is not a marching order. It’s an invitation to see things differently. For instance, if I have a busy day my mind automatically sees everything as “stress.” Instead, I visualize the day ahead and how I want to show up. I may visualize myself surrendering to greater wisdom before a coaching session with a client, or feeling great appreciation that I have a pocket of time to write or visit with a sick friend. I am seeding positive and creative intentions for how I want to show up in my day. Which leads me to the final “m”…
Moment: I vow to show up each and every moment that day. To realize they are all precious, however they turn out. That is the ultimate creative act – to really be present to my day, to notice when I’ve moved into autopilot and shift back into the fullness of this adventure called life. My Mmmmmmm Morning routine is a good step in that direction…
If you have a morning routine that you enjoy, go to the comments section at the bottom of this page and let us know about it!
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July 8, 2018
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