Ever since I was a little girl, early mornings have been my favorite time of day. It was something special I shared with my dad. No matter how early it was, he would always wave to me from his bed as I tip-toed out of my room, down the hallway Maybe it was the calm I craved while everyone else was asleep. Or maybe it was knowing that as the first one out of bed, I got the best spot on the couch for Sunday morning cartoons. Whatever the reason was, I was born a morning person.
Even now, as a grown woman, I still wake up before the sun. Instead now, I have swapped mindlessly watching cartoons, with mindful morning rituals, like setting the day’s intention. Just like a mirror, the intention you put out first thing in the morning sets the energy for your entire day, telling the world what you want reflected back to you! It seems almost magical what unfolds when I dedicate time to myself in the morning. This is what I call being Self-Centered and it’s all a part of my Power Hour.
The Power Hour is what unfolded for me after almost 20 years of moving in and out of various morning routines. I experimented with different lifestyle tools and have found a few different rituals to ensure my day not only runs smoothly, but that I create the best one possible. I’m happy to share my morning routine with you here.
Morning Power Hour Practice
1. Start with “YES!”
I may not scream it out every morning, but when I open my eyes, no matter what my first thought is, I override it with the word, “YES!” When you start with “Yes,” everything is possible!
2. Let the light shine in
While I need complete darkness to fall asleep and stay asleep, I rely on the morning light to awaken my senses and come alive. Even on the mornings when I awake before the sun, I open all of the blinds and shutters in order for the sun to shine naturally into my home. I find the natural light and health vitamin D connects me to the ebb and flow of life.
3. Warm up with my favorite beverage
Some mornings my soul screams for coffee and other mornings it whispers for a more delicate drink like peppermint tea. Either or, the first beverage of the day is my morning tonic. It only takes a few minutes to make and will help to wake up your organs and alkalize your system.
4. Get comfy
With tonic in hand, I head straight to my meditation pillow and begin the most important morning ritual…
5. Blessings, breath, and stillness
I spend anywhere from 5-30 minutes in meditation and reading books for personal growth. My meditation practice flows between breathing, stillness, and guided visualizations. Do what works for you and choose something that you truly enjoy. The point is to give yourself time, first thing in the morning, that belongs only to you. I finish off my practice with a little journal writing and most importantly expressing gratitude for all that is wonderful in my life.
6. See it clearly
Meditation and gratitude put me into a state of peace and clarity. From this open space I am able to visualize my day ahead. I picture myself and my interactions with others as successful, energetic and full of abundance!
7. Stretch and energize
Whether it be a few sun salutations, jumping jacks or simple stretches, I move my body for at least five minutes. After 7-8 hours of sleep, it is important to generate circulation for our lymphatic system and to bring oxygenated blood to our heart.
8. Make my bed
I make my bed and I have already accomplished the first task on my to-do list! The simple habit of making your bed everyday can set you on the path for creating other good habits. Plus, there is no better feeling than getting into a clean already-made bed at the end of the day!
Most of these rituals don’t take up too much time. My personal goal is to dedicate the first hour of each morning to self-care. If I wake up late, need more sleep or I am just short on time, I focus on three things: meditation, gratitude and making my bed. Those three are non-negotiable.
If you don’t currently have a morning ritual, start by borrowing one or two of mine. Experiment with what feels right for you. By making time for positive morning habits, you’ll create a high vibration and enough positive energy for more goodness to continue throughout your day!