The universe, by nature, is ordered. Everything has its place and everything works according to a set structure. Likewise, I know I function best with structure. I like I tell myself that I am free spirited and so I can flow with the punches.
This is true in a sense, but I am at my best, most productive, aligned self when I have
some order in my world. Since the birth of my daughter, I have lived a more or less unstructured existence, fitting in this and running to get to that.
I have chalked it up to the fact that I schedule my life around her schedule. When she’s awake, I’m awake, when she sleeps I sleep.
What this has meant for me is that I don’t have a steady time when I am alone with my spirit and my thoughts.
My self care and spiritual connection are fit in when I can. So you know my nails aren’t done, my exercise regimen is wobbly at best and the time I need to center and reboot is lacking.
So, my first step on the journey back to bliss is to reinstate my morning routine.
Many great leader sand successful individuals swear by a morning routine; it centers them and allows them to begin their day with intention.
An adequate self care routine is multifaceted:
:: it allows you to center yourself and get in touch with spirit
:: it provides a space for peace and calm, if you let it
:: it clears your energy and allows you to begin with intention
:: it has an air of self-care
There is no stipulation on how long your morning routine should be. Some people have a brief time of 15 minutes, others have an hour and a half, depending on what they want to accomplish.
Since I am not really a morning person, my ideal morning routine is about an hour long and allows me to fit in all of the things above.
My Morning Routine
In this hour, my intention is to:
1. Show gratitude and acknowledgment: 5 minutes
First connect with God through prayer and thanking Him for allowing me another opportunity to experience life.
2. Connect with Spirit: ~15 minutes
Next I would like to clear space for any ideas or answers that God would have me to have with a 10 minute breathing meditation. In this breathing meditation, my goal is to clear my mind, dwell in the place of silence and allow whatever communication God has for me to come to me.
Another part of this segment will be clearing my mind of ideas that came to me during sleep or what’s on my mind as I awaken. I will use this 5 minutes to write 2 morning pages.
3. Exercise: 20-22 minutes
I am not really a fan of rigid working out because I tend to get bored quickly but I know that exercising builds my good, happy hormones and helps me maintain my physical fitness. This time is for me to engage in some form of activity that moves my body and nourishes me physically. I will incorporate a mix of Hiit workouts, stretching and yoga, Pilates, dancing, and walking. Since I am not a fan of long routines, I will spend a maximum of 20 minutes here including 2 minutes for cool down.
4. Practice Self-care: ~10-15 minutes
after working out, my natural inclination is to then relax and care for myself. This is the time that I can take a bath, tend to my feminine needs and get my mind ready for the day.
5. Set my daily intention and goal orientation: ~2 minutes
As I wrap up my routine, I will remind myself of my intention for the day and one major goal that I will aim to achieve.
One way to ensure that I get this time in is to decide on a time and set my alarm. 6:00 a.m has always been the recommended time for early risers; however, I prefer 7:00 because it right before my family gets bustling so I can move from my personal morning routine to the family’s morning routine without missing a beat.
This may appear rigid but this is based on my natural patterns and where my heart and mind and body work best. From example, my years of exercise has taught me that 20 minutes is my sweet spot.
My body interprets exercise over 20 minutes as over exertion and any less, as not giving myself enough.
My hope is that once I get into this routine, it will flow naturally.
While this is my personal morning routine, you are free to use and adapt it as it suits your needs. My aspiration is that you create a routine that soothes and nourishes your spirit and gets you started on your day in a positive, inspired way.
The day is set before you for you to master at your highest and greatest intention. The only way to do that successfully is to set an intention, ask for guidance and go after it.
I love that you are on this journey with me and I would love to hear what you think about creating a morning routine if you don’t already have one.
If you have a morning practice, I would love to hear about the parts that nourish your spirit the most.
Talk to me in the comments, share with your friends who this may help and come back tomorrow for more Life with a Cherry on Top.