Your day is formed by how you spend your first hour. Incorporate some or all of the five morning mindfulness ideas so that you can consciously begin your day with activities that create more focus, energy and serenity.
Mindfulness is being in the present moment. Whenever we bring awareness to what we are directly experiencing through our thoughts and emotions, we are being mindful. Mindfulness is the ability to be aware of what we are doing and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. We all have the natural quality of mindfulness, but it is more readily available if we practice it on a regular basis.
When you first awaken, the brain is still in a subconscious state and most open to positive suggestion and creative thinking. Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful.
Tap into this subconscious state before getting out of bed. Spend a few minutes centering your day. Put one hand on your third eye chakra located at the center of the forehead between the eyes. It is the center of intuition and motivates inspiration and creativity. Place the other hand on the heart chakra located in the center of the chest. The heart chakra is said to bridge earthly and spiritual aspirations and, when open, one can feel being deeply connected with all that is around them.
With your hands on your heart and third eye chakras, take in a deep cleansing breath to connect with your higher power. Ask for clarity for your day. My daily prayer is, “Thank you God for another brand new day. What shall I know today that serves my higher purpose?” After repeating your mantra or prayer, listen quietly for a few moments. Thoughts may come immediately or throughout your day. This peaceful practice sets the tone for the day. Bridge the two chakras first thing when the brain is open and aware to provide serenity and focus.
Meditation. Mindfulness is increased self awareness. The first thing most people notice is a state of inner peace and quiet. A way to reach this is through meditation. There are many forms of meditation, but sitting quietly, breathing deeply and going inward for as little as 3-10 minutes is a great start. This will ground you and set the tone for the day. As you learn to feel the positive effects you can find the meditation that is right for you.
Gratitude: Think about all the things for which you are grateful. Repeat as you are going through your morning activities. Or if you have the time, have a journal and pen handy to jot down your list. Write down 5-10 new things you are grateful for every day.
Affirmations: Use positive affirmations to visualize your life. Gather a list of your favorite affirmations and repeat them in the morning while you are taking a shower, drying your hair, getting ready for the day, exercising. Speak in the present tense, “I am perfect health, I am abundant, I am successful in business, I am surrounded by beautiful, loving, people.” Tap into your subconscious mind to manifest your reality. There are many great affirmation apps available. If you are really serious about manifesting change, create a vision board with pictures of your dreams, visions goals that visually represent your wishes with pictures and images and that strengthen and stimulate your emotions of the changes you want to create.
Move: Do some type of movement in the morning. Whether you have energy in the morning or later in the day may dictate when you workout. If you like to work out later in the day, at least do some stretching first thing in the morning. Go for a walk, or do yoga, cardio, weight lifting with apps on your phone. My energy is greatest in the morning, so I do something daily for at least 10-50 minutes depending on my schedule. My favorite cardio workout is Rebounding as it is easy on the joints with powerful benefits as it detoxes and cleanses the lymphatic system while giving powerful energy to the body. I also can combine it with hand weights and a variation of exercises. To learn about the benefits and how to pick out a quality rebounder like the one I use, check out this video.
Postpone picking up the phone upon awakening. To manage stress, delay checking emails and social media first thing. Often times this can keep you from getting to any of the activities above as it is more time consuming than we realize.
Oftentimes our entire day is focused on others. Dedicate time for you first thing every morning and you will notice a more relaxed, calm person by the end of the day. You deserve it!
Give every day the chance to be
the most beautiful day of your life.