Motivation Monday: Connecting yourself through morning ritual
Happy Monday Beautiful People!! Hoping that everyone's weekend was restful, invigorating and safe.
Let's get it going.....
How do you start your morning? are your mornings guided by external forces such as going on the phone (to send/look at texts, social media), turning on the television or logging on to the computer? By having any of these as the first thing we do in the morning, we're giving away some of our power by way of telling the universe that external needs are way more important than our own. We have a habit of giving away our attention and energy before we check in with OURSELVES! In order to be grounded and connected it is important to take the time for ourselves and go inward.
If you have the opportunity to take a few minutes all to yourself in the morning, you can begin your day from a more grounded space.
Before that morning coffee (or tea), checking the phone, email or social media, here is a morning ritual that will set the tone for your day.
Move your body
-This goes without saying; start off with a 5-10 minute movement activity. Whether it is yoga, a series of stretches or movement to music that uplifts you (I have a client that loves to move to gospel music) engaging in movement gets you in touch with your body, to feel into your physical form. Pay attention to what your body wants, the more you move, the more liberating you will feel.
-Breathing activities are rejuvenating and provide clarity to the mind. I practice full belly breathing: sit or stand with a straight spine and relax your shoulder blades down the back. Take a few normal breaths then begin to breathe deeper, allowing the breath to fill your lungs. Let your chest open and expand for 5-10 breaths. Next, allow your breath to reach down into your belly. Place your hands on your belly and feel the expansion as you breathe in and the contraction as you exhale. Do this for 5-10 breaths or until it feels more comfortable. When you are at ease with filling up your entire core, hold the breath for a few seconds before exhaling.
Now that your body and breath are awake, it is time to be still and listen to your soul...
Through meditation, we hold space for that which is underneath our hectic lives; meditating is the opportunity to practice stillness and reflection. Meditation takes many forms; it can be prayer, taking a few minutes to write in a journal or guided meditation, if you are in need of a little support, there are a number of popular mediation apps for download:
Stop, Breathe & Think
You can adopt one or all of the rituals, doing this daily or weekly as a way to prepare yourself for the day ahead, this is self-care at its best...
"Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset."
-Saint Francis de Sales