Each morning, I start my day with a morning ritual that I design to fit my needs. I enjoy waking early and having my own sacred time before the rest of the world wakes up.
How to design your own morning ritual:
First, always be flexible. Any routine can become stale and no longer inviting. Pick a general time to start each day. This will begin to build a habit and give you a natural consistency. Just knowing that this will be a soulful part of your day will bring you anticipation and joy.
If you wake up late, let it go for a day. This is your ritual and you can make or break the rules.
Select your time:
Pick your senses elements:
Make your favorite beverage. Perhaps it’s a green tea, a flavored coffee, or a morning juice. It’s your choice!
Have various scents that speak to different moods. Vanilla, spice, sweet, and pine are just a few of the scents you might enjoy.
Oils or Body Sprays
If you don’t want to light a candle, you could opt for a splash of your favorite scent on your wrist or neck.
Create multiple playlists on iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite music listening device.
Group your playlist songs together with songs that create a mood such as, meditation, nature sounds, background music, smooth jazz or your personal favorites. This will allow you to easily create multiple playlists that have 5-10 songs. Personally, I stay away from songs with lyrics so that my mind does not drift to unconsciously saying the lyrics.
Give yourself the option to play the music aloud or with headphones for a deeper journey into the sound.
Flow into one or all of these options:
Sit and meditate with gratitude
Stretch and slowly exercise
Listen to an inspiring meditation app like Calm
Use art as your tool with watercolors or colored pens
Make it fun. Make it peaceful.
This should never be difficult. Find a natural to look forward to this time even if it is just once a week.
Ritual Flow Options:
Journals and Planners
Start with gratitude. As the mood guides your write down thoughts and ideas that come to you in a notebook or journal.
Journal and Book Suggestions
52 Lists For Happiness
The 52 Lists Project
The Happy Planer Journal (They have different journal options – not just planners)!
Find an inexpensive journal that you want to write in.
Online Mediation Apps
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