How you live your morning is how you live your day.
Read that again, just to make sure you have fully absorbed it.
Got it? Ok… So, how do you live your mornings?
During the night, our bodies cleanse, detox and repair, doing all of the work to keep us healthy, happy, and functioning properly. After hours of not eating or drinking, we wake up thirsty and hungry. So, after working all night, it is only right to give the body the best fuel we can offer.
My morning routine consists of a tall glass of water, some hot water with lemon and cayenne (continues the detoxing), and a green smoothie or juice when the hunger pangs begin. This routine ensures that I am hydrated, properly cleaned out, and that I am offering my body nutritious fuel. It also helps to set the tone for the rest of my day, encouraging me to choose healthy and nutritious foods.
This kind of routine, or some variation of it, is one that I recommend to all of my clients, and I have seen dramatic changes in many lives with these simple suggestions. I know that a new routine always starts out as work because it is a change in our usual patterns, but with time, when you begin to feel better, a routine like this becomes just as normal as brushing your teeth or taking your dog for a walk.
After about a year of practice at this, I am confident to say that I have fully commited to this routine. For me, that water and green smoothie complete my morning, and I tend to feel a bit off balance when I am not able to incorporate them.
In this belief, that how you live your mornings is how you live your day, I have always focused on the fuel, the foods that you are ingesting in the morning, but what about a spiritual practice? If your mornings are filled with stress and anxiety, you can drink all of the green smoothies you want, but that stress is going to overflow into the many aspects of your day. And we all know what stress does to the body, right? It’s not a pretty thing, and we don’t deserve it.
In celebration of admitting my morning routine not really being a routine anymore (yay to green smoothies!), I have decided to commit to a new routine with a more spiritual focus.
I know that when I take time to meditate in the morning, I feel better all day long. I know that journaling helps me to sort through my worries, my stress and my emotional pains. I know that yoga and stretching help me to release tension and help to get me into the present moment. I know that reading and learning helps me to grow as a student, as a teacher. I know that reading and posting inspirational quotes is an enjoyable way to share some of what I learn daily. So, if I know that these things nourish me, why aren’t I doing them on a consistent basis? Well, I’m not sure. Maybe for the same reasons that I didn’t begin drinking green smoothies every single day as soon as I learned all of their health benefits. But, I feel ready to commit to my spiritual health, which is why I am sharing this post with you. I am ready to take time every morning to get present, get grounded, get passionate, and feel grateful for all that surrounds me at each moment.
I loved Jackie’s idea of making a calendar to stay on track with her meditation, so I decided to make one myself, as a visual commitment to look at every day. Every morning, I will do AT LEAST 2 of these things that nourish me. I invite you to do the same.
Do you have practices that you feel nourished by but you are having trouble weaving them into your everyday life? Maybe you have never tried some of the things I mentioned but feel intrigued to find balance and nourishment in new ways? Either way, I invite you to join me in committing to something, anything, that you deserve every morning.
If you do decide to join me on this, I would love to know what you are committing to. Let me know in the comments below or feel free to message me on Facebook if you prefer to share privately.
with love and a commitment to health,