Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. – Lao Tzu
What are your morning rituals?
Our thoughts create our reality. So, it’s important to clarify WHAT we are thinking about once in a while.
Since most of our thoughts are habits, it is helpful to take the time to evaluate habits and occasionally stir things up. Even better, try to reset the autopilot. Enter Morning rituals.
Most of us have routines in our morning that when upset or changed really bother us. Take for instance my ritual of making coffee and drinking a cup of caffeine as soon as I arise. On days that I work in countries that do not provide easy access to drinking water and a hotel coffee maker, I do not have my usual access to a cup of coffee as soon as I wake up. Although I am used to this situation and know it will occur, I still feel “off” and uncomfortable.
Almost all of us have a morning routine that sets our day in a similar way. Your thoughts follow this routine and “ground” you for the day. Morning rituals have a lot of power to set our guidance system and the abundance we see during the day. Since they become automatic and really influence us, why not capitalize on this knowledge and add some rituals into the morning mix that set you up for positive thoughts, feeling good and full of joy ALL DAY?
If you add one or two simple, short activities that program your mind to positive thoughts into your existing routine, you will see exponential results.
One really simple idea is to take a moment, soon after you awaken, to notice what you are appreciating. For me, this occurs after I get my cup of coffee. I sit with a notebook and simply list what I am appreciating at that time in that space. My cup of coffee usually makes the morning appreciation list, along with “alone time”, appreciation of a moment of quiet, the throw I have on me that keeps me warm, the chirping of birds outside, and my love for my dog besides me. This list takes me no more than two minutes to create but sets my thoughts on positive. Noticing and appreciating the abundance in the world as a habit sets me up for a positive, receptive day.
Now it’s your turn. Go ahead and list out your morning routine. What do you do when you get up? What is the process that you engage in to wake yourself up?
Now, add in ONE simple, positive activity you can add to your routine and decide where to insert it. This activity should be simple and not take long. Some suggestions are creating a morning appreciation list (my example), dreaming about your “best and perfect life” for 3 minutes, offering prayers of gratitude or walking outside to appreciate nature. Remember, because it is not yet a habit, it may feel weird. Keep at it, it will really set the scene and change your day…I PROMISE!
Cheering for your Joy!