If your day usually starts with the loud wailing of your alarm clock, arguing with your spouse or your kids, rushing to make it out the door on time, it’s no wonder you’re not a ‘morning person’. In reality, most people aren’t morning people simply because they don’t know how to start off their day. Adopting a meaningful morning practice allows you the opportunity to ease into your day in a calm and mindful way.
Here are 6 spiritual morning rituals that will change your life:
Each morning when you wake up go through a list of the things that you are thankful for. Whether your list is long or short, is always the same or changes doesn’t matter. What matters is nurturing those feelings of gratitude and an appreciation for all the positive things in your life.
Engaging in a gentle yoga practice to start your day not only wakes up the body, but also wakes up the soul. When we breathe with intention we create a stronger connection to the universe. Starting your day in asana means that you are cultivating breath awareness first thing in the morning, which means you are much more likely to keep your breath on your mind for the rest of the day.
Read a Motivational Book
It may seem simple, but spending just a few minutes each morning to read an insightful and uplifting passage from a motivational or spiritual book can help set a positive tone to your mindset for the day. Reading and reflecting on motivational words or passages not only puts you in a good mood, it also helps you increase your awareness of how you respond to negative or difficult situations that you encounter during the day.
Whether it be running, yoga, or hitting the gym, any type of exercise will get your blood flowing and provide you with a rush of endorphins. The burst of energy and vitality that you get from exercising first thing in the morning will keep you energized for the rest of your day.
The daily practice of sitting in meditation is one of the most powerful daily practices there is, with the primary side effects being increased happiness, better sleep, and more creativity. In the morning your mind is completely at rest since it has been in an overnight retreat from internal and external stimuli, which makes it a very conducive time to practice meditation.
Keeping a mindful journal in which you jot down feelings of gratitude, intentions, or goals helps you transform thoughts and ideas into something concrete. Writing things down can be therapeutic and a method of meditation for many. Writing a daily journal can help to increase your confidence, make you happier, and give you a better perspective on life, even during seemingly tough or unproductive days.