What is next in your morning routine? After you’ve gotten out of bed. What do you do? (for some enlivening ideas on what to do while you are still in bed read Part 1). Do you make yourself a cup of coffee? Do you drink a glass of water? Do you sit down to slowly wake-up? Do you listen to the news or podcasts? Take your dog out for a walk? Check your emails? Meditate? Shower directly? Eat breakfast?
Whatever you do, how is it setting you up for the rest of your day? Does it nourish and support the 5 Levels of your Wellbeing: Mental, Emotional, Energetic, Spiritual and Physical wellbeing for the day?
Without questioning, we frequently run on auto-pilot – automatically doing the things we do. Hence, how the term “mindfulness” came into existence- due to the recognition of how easily it is for us humans to run on auto-pilot mode. It is our nature to fall into auto-pilot as a way of conserving energy – to not have to think so much about every little thing we are doing. Once we learn something, we can let our subconscious mind take over and handle the task for us- like driving or riding a bicycle. Even though it is a part of our nature to do things automatically, our path to ascending our consciousness and evolving ourselves is initiated through the lens of awareness and intention.
To do your day-to-day happenings with awareness is mindfulness. However, you can take it beyond mindfulness of what you are doing, and also live with intention. The first step on our personal evolution journey, is to step out of ourselves from time-to-time to do an audit; checking in and asking ourselves if what we are doing is serving our highest good.
You may find it helpful to journal about your morning habits, or to sit in contemplation. Does that coffee make you speedy and anxious, or does it give you a balanced amount of energy that puts you in the right mood for your day? Does directly checking your emails right after you wake up nourish you or drain you? Does checking instagram in the morning feel supportive ?
The trouble is we often make excuses for our habits, another sneaky tactic of being human. “I need this (insert vice) because otherwise I would (insert rationalization)”. We can come up with some really convincing reasons for ourselves to keep doing what we are doing- partly because it saves us energy to follow the path of least resistance- which is the path you’ve already carved out. Carving a new path takes energy, and we are generally wired to conserve energy as much as possible.
Here is a common list of rationalizations, do you recognize any?
There are 24 hours in your day. Let’s say you are sleeping for 8 of them (hopefully you are). That leaves 16 hours, 16 hours where you are interacting with yourself, your environment, your family, your friends, and other people. I know you want to be able to handle those interactions the best way possible more often than not. You probably would prefer to bring your healthy self into those interactions, your patient self, your kind self, your radiant self, your higher self- versus, your self with unprocessed emotions, your fears, your doubts, your defenses, your traumas, your projections.
So what can you do that will nourish and support your trusting self, your loving self, your kind self, you patient self, your balanced self? Can you spare 10 mins to 1 hour to do a practice that will enhance your ability to regulate your emotions, feel mentally balanced, feel more alert and focused, feel physically energized, feel energetically open and protected?
Without creating intention for your day, you live unintentionally. I lived unintentionally for too many years- at the whim of my external circumstances- if something happened in life I would say, “it was meant to happen”, or I would wonder why it was happening that way….until I realized that I could actually influence how my life played out by creating intentions.
When you do a daily practice that creates intention, you are starting your day with a clear message in your heart and mind, and even if you forget as the day goes by- you start again tomorrow with an intention- and the more you do that, the more you actually start to remember to be intentional. Day after day.
Begin by doing an audit- questioning if what you are doing is supporting and nourishing you? Are you living with intention ? Are you influencing your experiences or are you dealing with things as they come?
I know that on the days that I do not sit down and create an intention- I do not handle life as easily in a way I am proud of when things don’t go smoothly. I get rattled, I might over react, or lose control of my emotions, my energy feels scattered and dispersed, I get pulled into other people’s dramas or create my own drama and I lose my sense of self.
Living with intention- is doing something that pulls all the parts of you together, and nourishes your body, your mind, your emotions, your energy and your soul. The best time of day to do that- is the morning before you walk into the world, before the majority of your interactions. Finding a practice that nourishes and supports all 5 Levels of your wellbeing- is the difference between living intentionally and unintentionally – what is that for you? or what do you think would be a good practice for you?
There are 3 of many more practices on Radiant Wellness Club that can help you to set up your day- starting your day with intention. Inside the Pranic Boost Module (a 20 minute Kundalini practice and a 30 minute Qi Gong practice) and in the Healthy Discipline Module there is a 30 minute Kundalini practice. These practices are short, powerful and effective. Do you have 20-30 minutes in the morning to nourish and support yourself?
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