This morning I woke up an hour before my alarm clock. Normally this means I put in ear plugs to get my last hour of sleep. Because an hour of sleep is like gold.
I tried, but after 20 minutes of wrestling with sleep, I gave up and started my morning routine instead.
This was THE BEST thing ever and exactly what I needed.
The lesson? Going with the flow and listening to the signs of life will oftentimes give us exactly what we need… and truly want, even if we don’t know it at the time.
Here is the “me time” morning routine I used this morning. It’s also the routine I use on weekends.
Morning meditation. I have favorites, and this morning meditation by Louise Hay is at the top of my list. It’s 25 minutes and totally worth every minute.
Next, I read The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra for about 10 minutes. I am rereading this book, and each time I get something new from it. Other books I love to read during this time is The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown and The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. This is also when I felt like journaling.
Next up was prayer, followed by reading my bible for 5 minutes.
Overall, it was about an hour with no interruptions or other tasks vying for my time. When the girls woke up I was more than ready for my day to begin. I was refreshed, inspired and blissful.
Now that I’ve shared how I spent my extra time this morning, here is my typical weekday morning.
My “me time” morning routine, the short version.
Morning meditation. 10 minutes of either Louise Hay’s morning meditation or breathing meditation. I also LOVE the guided meditations offered through the Chopra Center. These are the meditations that Oprah and Deepak offer from time to time free, :-).
Prayer, journaling and bible time.
5 minutes of another inspiring read (see books listed above).
This is about 20-25 minutes and it truly makes a difference in my day. Whenever I try to skip this time my day suffers, so I try not to skip it, :-).
I’d love to know if you have a morning routine to help you get centered for the day. Whether it’s a quick prayer in the shower or your morning run, please share!
Here’s to you enjoying your day,