Lately I have been looking for inspo on morning rituals, so I’ve been picking everyone’s brains on how they start their mornings. A lot of my friends swear by making their beds or a cup of coffee, reading the paper (yes! an actual physical newspaper!), going for a walk, or hitting the gym immediately.
As I tried to cobble mine together, I’ve mostly been motivated by the desire to create a morning ritual that allows me to activate every part of myself, at least briefly. I want to wake up my body, my spirit and my mind. I want to reach out to the people who I love and be a little creative. I want to prepare myself for the day ahead by grounding myself in the person who I aspire to be.
This is roughly what I’ve come up with, but it’s rare that I have a morning when I actually do every step. One day I will get there!
7:00 - Dream Journal - As a person who like to call herself a creative, this is a vital first part of my day. A dream journal is the perfect way to immediately tap into my creativity without having to be imaginative. A morning that begins with a little bit of daydreaming, a lot of intentional remembering, and a dose of often very silly introspection is downright perfect. If a dream is really good I might take more than the allotted 30 minutes to write, but usually I just try to get about three pages of dream onto a page and then I move on with the rest of my day.
7:30 - Yoga/Run - I don’t love exercise, but there is no denying that forcing myself to put on clothes and get my butt in gear helps me focus and improves my mood for the rest of the day.
8:00 - Breakfast - Breakfast is probably my favorite meal of the day. I love the smell of coffee while I pour water over the grounds, I love the sound of eggs and sausage crackling away, and I love my little ritual of listening to Up First and a few single track music podcasts over the whole thing.
8:10 - Read - I want to be the kind of person who can sit in silence and enjoy a meal, but I’m not that person. Instead, I usually bring my breakfast out to my table and read a book while I sip coffee and eat. It’s usually non-fiction in the morning - often something spiritual or self-improvey in nature. My parents’ devotional habits die hard!
8:40 - Meditate/Set Intention - It is hard for me to meditate in complete silence, but setting aside about ten minutes to focus in on how I want to approach the day in terms of overarching goals and general tone is helpful for me. I’ll sometimes light a candle. I almost always sit on the floor.
8:50 - Poem - For the last several years I have intermittently journaled by poem. I summarize the previous day - either the feelings that characterized it or the events that happened - in the form of a poem. If I’m feeling terse, it’s probably a haiku and every once in a while I’m ambitious enough to write a sonnet, but usually it’s a free-form ramble of images and feelings.
9:00 - Nice Text - Finally, just as I’m about to get my day started, I like to write a text message to someone that I love about why I love them, or an encouraging little message if I know they have something big going on that day.
So, what’s your morning routine? I’m always looking for inspo!