I’m not going to pretend that I jump out of bed, feeling like a million bucks each and every day. However, I have found a routine that works for me and helps me start my day off on a positive note. I can honestly say that this “system” has changed my life. It does require an extra 15-30 minutes, requiring me to wake up between 5-5:15AM instead of 5:30AM… But to me, that’s a small price to pay for starting my day off on the right foot.
When I am consistent with this routine I am more productive, happier, and I truly find that MIRACLES happen.
My routine is an amalgam of things I have learned from the Ayurvedic tradition, from personal development (i.e. “self help”) books and programs, and from my own innate love of MOVEMENT.
First things first…
Tongue scraping. This is a practice that has been used since ancient times in India and Russia (and surely in other parts of the world as well). It uses a spoon-like device called a tongue cleaner (although you could also simply use a spoon) to scrape the overnight accumulation of bacterial build-up, food debris, fungi, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue. This build-up is thought to be related to many common oral care and general health problems from bad breath (halitosis) and tooth decay, to cardiovascular problems and systemic bacterial overgrowth.
Next, I drink a cup of warm water to stimulate digestion. Ayurvedic tradition states that warm liquids are better for digestion, since they don’t squelch your digestive “fire.” I usually take my water plain, but sometimes drink room-temperature ginger tea (simply sliced ginger root that I pour boiling water over and let it sit overnight).
Then I wait for my coffee. Yes, I drink coffee. But with a twist.
I feel blessed to have a husband who enjoys making me my morning coffee. To counteract the acidity and temper the crazy “high” of the caffeine, I drink my java with coconut oil. Here’s our trick: For every cup of coffee, my hubby adds 1 rounded tsp of extra virgin coconut oil and a few drops of vanilla (liquid) stevia. Sometimes he also adds a splash of coconut or almond milk. He puts it all in our blender and blends it on high for 30 seconds. The outcomes is AMAZING creamy, frothy coffee without any sugar or cream. Instant Coffee-Mate, but better!
While my husband makes my coffee, I try to resist the urge to check my email (sometimes I succeed, sometimes I fail). I find that my day always starts out on a calmer note when I DON’T start with screen time. Either way — with or without the email check — I head out into the living room and settle into my favorite spot on the couch.
This is where the MIRACLE begins…
Next I begin Hal Elrod’s 6-minute miracle morning system. My version takes 10-15 minutes rather than six, but it’s still a quick way to start my day with energy and positivity. Granted, this doesn’t happen perfectly every day. Sometimes I check my email and feel the need to put out “fires” that have happened overnight. This inevitably cuts into my “miracle time.” Other mornings, my son wakes up early and there goes quiet time… Sometimes I just can’t tame my monkey mind and find it hard to settle into the right mindset. But when this goes smoothly, life is beautiful.
Here is Hal Elrod’s 6-minute miracle morning (with my variations) in a nutshell.
- Begin with 1 minute of silence to calm and settle your body. I usually make this last 2-3 minutes to truly quiet my mind and prepare myself for the next steps. While sitting in silence I focus on my breathing. I usually practice core breathing, a practice that simultaneously calms my nervous system and energizes the muscles of my core.
- Take 1 minute to go over your list of affirmations. Everyone will have their own personal list of affirmations — positive statements about yourself and the direction of your life and your goals. Your affirmations can be said aloud or in your mind.
- Spend 1 minute visualizing your day and/or your future in general. This is another minute that I try to stretch into 2-3 (or even 4 or 5) simply because I find it so enjoyable! I let my imagination go, picturing the details of an amazing, productive day or a bright future with everything I dream of actually happening. It’s delightful!
- Spend 1 minute “scribing,” or writing in a journal. I’m not a big fan of journaling, but I try to jot down whatever is in my mind during this minute. I don’t usually stretch this one.
- Take 1 minute to read. I have a stack of powerful personal development books by our couch and I usually flip to a random page to soak in the wisdom. Some of my favorites include “Wishes Fulfilled,” “Creative Visualization,” and “You Can Heal Your Life.”
- Finally, take 1 minute to get your blood moving with EXERCISE! This is my favorite part of the whole system! Of course, I stretch this minute into at least 3-4 because by this time in the morning I’m starting to feel stiff and my body is crying out to MOVE. The following is my routine (or you can click here for a post with a video). It gets my blood pumping, my body moving, my joints lubricated, and my core muscles buzzing.
Bri’s morning movement routine:
- Standing trunk twists with my hands on my shoulders (8-10 twists each direction)
- Standing toe touches (i.e. touch my toes then stand up) or standing windmill (i.e. touch right hand to left toe, then stand up, then touch left hand to right toe, and stand up) 8-10 times
- A few gentle standing backbends with my hands on my sacrum to support my spine
- 8-10 hip circles each direction
- 10-12 countertop push-ups
- 1 minute plank
This entire routine takes no more than 3-4 minutes once you get the flow of it. If I have more time I will follow along with my “Wake Up” video (one of my four FREE feel-good workouts) because I absolutely LOVE “shaking out the cobwebs” from my brain, and the energy I feel pulsing from Karmameleon’s earthy music.
Starting my day off with MOVEMENT starts my day off RIGHT. It energizes me and puts me in a great frame of mind.
And that’s that! It might seem overwhelming, but this entire routine truly takes just 15-30 minutes once you get the hang of it. I don’t have all the answers and this won’t be for everyone… But if you’re stuck in a rut, feeling like every morning is a struggle to get up and get GOING, I encourage you to figure out your own “miracle morning” using my plan or something that works for you and your life. It truly gives you something to look forward to when you go to bed each night.
Do you have a morning routine? What does your “miracle morning” look like?
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