I don’t know about you, but it’s soooooo difficult for me to wake up in the morning. It always has been- I missed the bus for school more times than I can count, and even though I showed up for my early morning classes during college and I’m always on time for work now, I’m not totally present for a decent amount of time (usually until my first or second cup of coffee is done).
So I started to wonder, how can I feel more energized in the morning? And I began to realize this isn’t a problem exclusive to me.
During the Hope and Peace Retreat, we were encouraged to adopt a practice known as the Miracle Morning by Hal Erod. As a group, we saw that Mr. Erod’s morning begins at 5:50, and we laughed. We don’t see that hour unless we haven’t gone to bed yet or we absolutely have to wake up, and if that’s the case, well hello zombie. But the practice can be applied in any hour of the morning, as long as it’s your first, and you can modify it down to as little as six minutes.
Out of respect for another soul’s work, I won’t post the exact miracle morning, but if you’re curious, I highly recommend checking out the book! Get it on Amazon here.
Basically, it asks you to take some time for yourself and for your mind first thing in the morning. Don’t look at Facebook, don’t look at your emails, and don’t start entertaining outside sources until you’ve worked on your insides, by journaling or reading positive material, by doing a sun salutation or meditating for ten minutes (my personal favorites).
I’m not going to say the Miracle Morning has changed my life, but it’s certainly made it easier. I am more energetic and I’ve cut back on coffee. I’m still working on incorporating more and more of the Miracle Morning into my life, but for now, I can always count on doing at least three of the suggestions. I go to work feeling powerful, and it shows.
What do you do to start your day? Do you have any morning rituals you can count on? Let me know in the comments!