It’s hilarious to me when famous bloggers post their morning rituals with their list of what they do when they wake up every single day… and the list is like 25 items long…
“Oh yeah, I wake up, and I meditate, and I read spiritual poems to my dog, then I run 8 miles, and I sprinkle citrus oil on the graves of my ancestors, then I run home… all before making lunch for my 4 kids and sending them off to school.”
Some people are just early risers I guess.
Personally, I’ve always been a night owl.
A night owl living in an early bird world.
Even with a freelance lifestyle, I’ve found that things just go better in my day and my life if I get up early and do some key things.
So my morning ritual is super light. I can get through it in 20 minutes, sometimes less.
Why have a morning ritual?
- It keeps away the brain fog
I don’t trust my morning brain to make good decisions for me. I give it a routine that I’ve planned out when I was awake and feeling strategic. By the time I finish, the fog has cleared, and I can go back to steering the ship in real time.
- It makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something
If I start the day checking things off my list, It’s highly likely that I’ll keep going on my lists. And that’s how goals get accomplished.
- It lowers stress
When I plan out my day the night before, knowing I’ll get up and get things done as part of my routine, I don’t have to toss and turn, worrying about what I might forget to do. I’m free to sleep tight, then get up and follow the plan.
When I took Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training earlier this year, getting up early and doing morning meditation was part of the training, and we were encouraged to continue the practice when our training was completed.
Yogis call this practice morning sadhana — here’s a cute FB live video of a few yoga instructors sitting around chatting about their sadhana practice.
When I checked in with one of my teacher training classmates, she said something that really struck me — ”How you face your morning is how you face your life.”
Think about that.
If you dread your morning, fight with the snooze button, then stagger out of bed running late… how does that set you up for your day? Maybe it sets you up for a day of dread, conflict, and feeling out of control.
If you face your morning on schedule, on plan, checking off goals… maybe your day (and your life) will be more on schedule, on plan, accomplishing your goals.
That certainly has been the case for me.
My morning ritual
I consider my morning ritual as starting the night before.
Before bed, I sit down with my planner and plan the next day. I look at what’s scheduled for the day, and refer back to my goals set earlier in the week, fitting in small tasks when I can.
I have a sensitive system since recovering from adrenal fatigue, so I’m careful to get at least 8 hours of sleep. Sometimes I need 9. Sometimes 10. So I set my alarm based on when I went to bed. I’m aiming for 6am wakeup, but that’s not going to happen if I didn’t get to bed before 10.
When my alarm goes off in the morning, I slowly get myself out of bed, then I sit down at the foot of my bed on the floor and do some light yoga.
I do a meditation, usually for 11 minutes.
Then I take a shower, get dressed, walk my dog, take my vitamins, and eat breakfast.
I grab my planner and start checking these items off — it feels good to start my day with tasks already accomplished!
And as a general rule: No checking social media before I’m dressed! We’ve seen where that leads.
How to create a morning ritual
This is all new for me — my entire life used to be made of mornings fighting with the snooze and feeling out of control.
I slowly changed my habits, step by step, after realizing I didn’t want to snooze my life away.
The first step would be to follow a goal setting system — for me the key is getting into the habit of writing down your schedule the night before, and getting to bed early.
Next, try a few meditations. Kundalini Yoga gives us hundreds of short, powerful meditations to get us focused in 11 minutes or less. I’ve created an email course with 5 meditations and daily reminders if you’d like to learn a few.
If you’re a night owl like me, and you’re interested in more instruction and guidance for getting your schedule turned around, make sure you’re on the list to be notified when I open registration for another class I’m creating: Night Owl to Early Bird in 60 Days. I’ll go over all the things I discovered about retraining my circadian rhythm and carving out time for myself in the morning.
And you can always ask questions in the Pathless Facebook Group. Chat with you there!
Night Owl to Early Bird in 60 Days
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