This blog post is part of the Week of Self-Love hosted by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt of annesophie.us
In the midst of all the changes, I found myself adding a new habit “Morning Ritual.”
BACKSTORY- Morning Ritual
A lot of my mentors used to preach and sing praises of how practicing some sort of morning ritual. Some practiced freewriting a la Artist Way (3 pages long hand – brain dump), going for a walk, and even meditating.
On and off I tried to implement this habit yet I found myself defeated by my own excuses. Here is a sample:
- I like to sleep as much as possible in the morning
- I have a job to get to with a start time of 10am and commuting time of 20minutes (door to door)
- I am so stressed out
- I can’t do it
- I have too much going on
- How is this going to bring me more money, help me lose weight, find love, or even make me feel good?
I tried on and off depending on what personal development program I was doing. Yet it didn’t fully stick until July 15, 2013.
What happened? i.e. How I adopted this new Habit
I returned to NYC from a 3 weeks- hiatus. The first thing I had to do was to go for a temp interview. I arrived a bit early (actually an hour) with enough time to sit down, drink some coffee and do some free writing, I kept it simple to gratitudes, big intention and just getting connected to the intuitive source.
Then I noticed that I repeated the pattern again the next day and so on and so forth. But that was “vacation week.” So I noticed that for the temp project (9am start-time with a 45 minute commute time) I was arriving to midtown east with at least half an hour to spare. I used my time to do the ritual – coffee, writing, and intention setting.
Then this happen… Bethenny as in Skinnygirl/NYC Housewives sat next to me while I was doing the morning ritual.
What I discovered?
It is indeed a grounding practice.
Having this ritual of writing, coffee, and quiet time helps me organized my thoughts, provides the clarity that I seek and creates a structure that feels good.
It is no accident that I have been able to spend time meditating. My anxiety has diminished in the midst of tapering medication.
Time: 5-20 minutes (varies)
Space: At home/ Coffee Shop (my personal preference)/ Park/ etc.
Suggested Activities: (Bolded are the one’s that I do daily)
- Gratitude list, Setting an Intention, What I am currently afraid? (These are my current probing q’s)
- Be, Do, Have List
- Listening to a podcast (spiritual, personal growth)
- Tea (or Coffee)
- Going for a walk
- Going for a run or any other type of exercise
That’s my new “self-care” practice. I have to share that it feels very abundant to slow down a little, get connected with my intuitive source and be ready for the rest of the day.
I want to hear from you!
Q1. Do you practice any time of morning ritual or practice that is bit grounding?
Q2. What are some of the excuses that you hear (not you of course) when it comes to implementing a new habit?
p.s. Happy Fall Equinox weekend!