In ancient times the idea of sitting down to meditate in the morning was unheard of. People were too busy lying in bed, scrolling their instagram feeds, checking weather apps, and deleting junk e-mails before calling an uber to begin a long day of sitting at a computer. How they managed to fit this in, will remain a mystery to us.
And while this may have led to enlightenment for a few, my hypothesis is others would make it halfway through the day and realize they were just going motion to motion, making things way more dramatic than needed and were generally not as happy as they could be.
I don’t write from experience. Nope, not here. Just writing for a friend.
What I would tell that friend is to start a morning routine and change your life. In a few days I’ll share a traditional Ayurveda routine, but for now lets cut to some ground rules.
1. Make no rules. Give yourself a good idea of what you would like to do, but if you don’t get to it or if you do something different, don’t sweat it. If you want to eat breakfast before your morning routine go for it. Do you want coffee while you do your morning pages – absolutely. This is your time, make it something you look forward to.
2. Start small. For me, when I started a morning routine, I didn’t want to meditate, I wanted to read a spiritual book. So I did. I started with the 8 Human Talents which has 3 minute Kundalini exercises built-in. I used that as a way to close out my time. Eventually with ease, my reading turned into meditation. It was wonderful and I noticed that as soon as I started, I had more ease in my day. The best part, when I carved out that time to find my center and remembered to not sweat the small stuff, big things started happening – like doors opening where there weren’t doors kind of things.
3. Keep growing. Once you get the hang of it and you enjoy the time, try something new that you’ve wanted to do for a while. Perhaps you add in Ayurveda traditions such as abhyanga and dry brushing, a morning walk or a slow cooked breakfast. Recently I began doing The Artist Way morning pages. An idea that a few months ago sounded nice in theory but I didn’t want to write (with a pen none the less) for 20 minutes.
4. Create a morning routine spot. I’m pretty limited for space and I don’t have a pillow corner (which I think should be a right of passage for humans) so I had to get creative. What I do is roll out my yoga mat and pull my pillows down from my bed. I have a candle next to me, even if I don’t light it. I use yoga blocks as a coffee table and set my tarot cards up. I also have white festive lights I turn on to make cozier. If it’s cold I work from my bed. It’s as simple as that.
I’d love to hear your thoughts or experiences with morning routines. Share in the comments below!