Morning routine with gratitude

A couple of years ago I was waking up every morning, hitting snooze a few of times, and then I’d lay in bed listening to CBC report all the horrible events happening in the world. I would jump out of bed because I was going to be late for work, so I rushed around the house and then ran out the door, checking my work emails as I race-walked to the office. I was exhausted and stressed before I even got to my desk.

Sound familiar?

Then I stumbled across a soulful coach who was offering a course called A Month of Mornings. I wanted so badly to make changes because I felt so out of sorts with my life. I felt like I wasn’t entirely in control, so I signed up.

The first morning we were to tune into our Soul. When the alarm went off I sat in bed, focused on breath and allowed myself to move into the quietness of morning. We were to tap into the optimal time to wake up and get up. With a groggy body but clear mind the time I received in my meditation was 5:30 a.m. I didn’t consider myself a morning person so this time was ghastly! And it was October and very dark. But I trusted, so I reset my alarm for 5:30 to get up the following morning at my new time.

Over the next 30 days I developed my morning routine. Some ideas from the course stuck while other things didn’t, and I focused on the things that felt right. The first thing to go was waking up to news to eliminate starting from negative energy; I stopped hitting snooze.

My mornings have evolved with my transition from corporate job to entrepreneur (like I don’t get up at 5:30 anymore), but what I learned in that course has stayed. My best days begin with sun salutations, a gratitude practice and a meditation, followed by a walk with my assistant. Some mornings I don’t fit it all in, but the most important piece is starting by expressing my gratitude.

Having a soulful morning routine has given me a way of starting each day positive, focused and calm. I’m able to accomplish more and from a lighter, more whole place. My before-morning-routine days I felt disjointed, disconnected and scattered like leaves on a windy fall day. Even on mornings when snow is whipping down the street and I’m standing on my mat in the dark, I’m so grateful to have a warm place to practice, and coffee waiting when I’m done.

Do you have a soulful morning routine? What does it look like? If so, please share to help others develop one. If you don’t have one, let me know if you need help finding your morning groove; reach out for support.

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