I love my morning quiet time. I love the benefits of it. I feel more connected to myself, my body, the world around me. I feel less hectic and have greater perspective. (So why do I sometimes fall out of habit?!)
This morning I started again. Morning quiet time for me sometimes means sitting quietly in the dark before I head to the gym. Sometimes I take more time to read a passage from an inspirational book or pull a medicine card. It often involves taking a few notes. It helps me hear my own voice and set my intention for the day.
One of my goals for 2018 is to deepen my meditation practice. I want to be come more consistent with this practice and I'm setting up some strategies to help me with this goal. I'll keep you posted on my progress.
If you want to experiment with starting a morning quiet time, set yourself up for success with these tips.
Set up your space before you go to bed. A spot on the couch perhaps? Your yoga mat? Gather all your supplies. A blanket, a candle, your journal.
Make it so easy you can't say no. Start with sitting sitting quietly for 2 minutes. Just sit. Say a prayer or repeat a mantra. Read a passage from a daily devotional. Write in a few notes in your journal. It doesn't matter. You are just trying to develop the habit. Pick something that works for you.
Allow the feelings/experience to sink in for a few moments before you are off and running. This helps you internalize the "reward" of starting your day with reflection.
Here's an example of something I read this morning.
Read it slowly.
Read it like a prayer to yourself.
live with intention.
walk to the edge.
play with abandon.
choose with no regret.
continue to learn.
appreciate your friends.
do what you love.
live as if this is all there is.
- mary anne radmacher
Sit quietly for a minute. Notice how you feel.
That's it! You did it!