I am, as with anything in life, a work in progress.
My website might not yet be attractive to the eye, but I am trusting that I am attracting who is ready to arrive.
What a morning I’ve had with this topic. And it’s not that it’s a difficult one at all, in fact I’m pretty attuned to my needs and my morning ritual that sets me up for the day.
You see. This morning was just not my ‘ideal’ morning, and so perhaps there’s something in that to share.
It’s so very easy to share the things that we do, and how to set us up, but how about the finer detail that lays underneath it all?
The excuses, and morning funks, the uggggs. All of those feelings I’m sure you’re familiar with. I know you know them… you’re not human if you don’t, or, you’re potentially in denile.
Sometimes its about just doing the very best that you can do, and that is enough. I’m not having one of those days, but I have definitely scaled today back a little.
For me, it was just an uncomfortable nights sleep that preceded an evening out with friends for a birthday. I drank 2 alcoholic drinks, and simply forgot that me, alcohol & sleep are not the best of friends. It sets me up for a disrupted sleep where I wake cranky and not at all motivated for my day ahead….
So whatever the reasons are for you; being awoken by your little one’s during the night, going through a rough & challenging time, feeling rundown, there are always small steps you can do in your morning that can support a rise in spirit that see’s you supporting your soul.
It’s 12.39pm – I am still in my PJ’s, I’ve moved to the couch from the table & I have my first ‘morning’ coffee in hand.
But. I have taken small self care steps.
I drank my 1ltr bottle of water upon rising, I ate eggs for breakfast, I just completed my meditation listening to Edo & Jo, and am now enjoying my coffee writing of my experience.
Stuff comes up for me writing from my true experience.
My judgement kick in, and I judge myself for appearing like a “negative Nancy”.
I project that the reader is thinking this also.
I like to think, that my perspective validates the reader who is reading this – rich with their thoughts, judgments and blocks. I know there is the simplicity that lays in the letting go, and rising up from the ashes – free from thought, and, I also am aware of how some people simply need a hand extended to support them to take that step – by means of storytelling & sharing.
There is truth & light in both paths.
It’s only recently that I have really started reading & following blogs, and the one’s that resonate for me are the blogs where the writer is their truthful beautiful authentic self. I like to think that this is me.
Whilst I did not meditate upon waking, as suggested as the ‘perfect’ time, I did meditate.
I did it just before I began writing Version 2 of this Blog. This is actually my third attempt, after a failed Video Blog didn’t post.
My meditation brought me back to my warmth, my stillness & calmness, and it reminded me to write what is true for me. My writing is not to TRY to have it read by thousands, but to simply share what sits with me & what makes my heart sing. And my truth & experience is what makes my heart sing. I am rich & deep with experience that sometimes needs practice in being voiced to the world, let alone an audience of thousands. Each journey begins with a single step, and my blogging/writing is just that.
Another awesome AWESOME habit I recently committed to, is drinking enough water. It’s a funny thing ya know. We are meant to drink half our weight in ounces each day. For me this is just short of 2ltrs per day. While I was drinking water, I think I would just fall short. Especially working in retail, where I was constantly speaking to people, and the nuisance of needing to leave the store, to head to the bathroom can subconsciously stop one (me) from drinking my full quota.
So, I committed to drinking 500ml – 1ltr of quality water upon rising each morning. Initially I pee’ed a lot, but then it seemed to balance out, and drinking that amount of water became something I craved upon waking! Neil & I swore we must’ve spent about $100 on water while we in Ontario for Christmas. I simply CANNOT drink tap water. And nor should I recommend you do – please! We would need to ensure we had around 6ltr per day for the both of us to meet our water requirements, we had quite the recycling collection. I think Neil’s step Mum thought me odd for continuously bringing my own water to their house.
As WE up our self care, and follow the things that we need, we can be confronted by others views and judgments by what we are doing. Its just a great opportunity to ask ourselves if we really believe in ourselves.
I especially encountered this when moving in with Neil. One of the tools I need for self care or morning ritual is my Meditation practice. If I don’t, I can be grumpy & am generally not so nice. I would feel bad for needing this time upon waking, and initially forwent this need, thinking I was being to sensitive/to special. It became apparent that as I wasn’t giving myself this time, I would feel cranky and a little resentful. Neil the ever intuitive one, picked up on this & reminded me of the importance of this exercise for my self care. I initially would feel uncomfortable with the details of where to do this, especially when he was home. But details gave way to necessity, I got over myself, and it all fell into place. These days if I haven’t cleared or meditated, and need to – Neil is the first one to notice. He gently prompts me to have some time while he cooks breakfast. I am very very fortunate to have such an in tune, sensitive partner.
The other thing I need, is movement. In whatever form I can do it. If my body is moving, I am moving. And the same for it flip sided. On days like today where I have woken feeling somewhat flat, I find it a challenge to get to the gym or some high vibing structure I usually adhere too. So a walk is a perfect substitute, or my own home yoga practice. Moving initiates energy movement, and facilitates out with the old, in with the new. Get out of ya head, and get moving ya bum! Don’t think about the how, just start & before you know it, you’ll feel on top of your day again. These words as especially true for me today. In fact, as soon as this writing is complete – I will take my own advice.
In summary, my favorite morning ritual tools;
1 – Drink 500ml – 1ltr of quality water upon rising
2 – Meditate/Energy Clear/Chakra Balance
3 – Eat a high quality fulfilling breakfast that matches your Metabolic Type
4 – Move your body
Any combination of the above will be sure to have you taking smalls steps or giant leaps towards conquering your day.
Much love your way – see you tomorrow for Day 2’s Blog Challenge