May is all about new beginnings. So let’s start with the very beginning of your day! What’s the very first thing you do in the morning? For most of us our alarm on our smart phone goes off or we check the time and next thing you know, your checking emails, social media and start texting. Our lives have changed for the better and for worst with our smartphones. An addiction to a love hate relationship.
Right when we wake up our mind and soul are coming back from dream land and deep relaxation. Zapping the meditative state with our phone waves can alter this and subconsciously sets our tone for the day. We don’t get to process and enjoy what our mind and body went through during our sleep. I read this amazing article from MindBodyGreen about life changing ways to start your day. I beg you to try these for a week or more and see how different and life changing your days become!
1. Be Present in the NOW.
Right when you wake up just take five minutes or less and become present in the moment and ground yourself in the here and now. Take deep breaths and to yourself or out loud express gratitude for being alive, for having another day to learn, grown and make more mistakes 🙂 or whatever you wish! Set positive intentions for the day!
2. Write down your dreams.
For most I feel like we won’t remember most of our dreams till later in the day when fragments fly back into your brain. There is a science to learning and remembering our dreams and it takes practice. If you can remember parts write them down when you wake up! I love googleing the meanings of my dreams and don’t worry the universe will guild you to the right explanation. Taking the self guidance to write and understand yourselves is much more productive than checking social media.
When is the last time you journaled? This reminds me of the cartoon DOUG growing up when he wrote in his journal every night. It became so important to him to reflect and see what happened in his life. He could actually see the bigger picture. Isn’t this what we need in our daily lives? It put the bigger picture together to see what drives us? Makes us happy? From understand and letting go? It also is a good way to let out your emotions when we are going through hard times, it could turn into acts for prayer when we need it. Write it out!
4. Get Your Body Moving.
Weather you simply take time to stretch, do some yoga or take a run to get your physical body moving; getting oxygen into your blood helps us become more awake and clear in your day. To get your energetic and emotional body moving I recommend practices like Qi Qong or Tai Chi. They combine meditation and controlling your bodies Chi* with physical movement and breath. It can really change the way your day flows!
*Chi or qi is frequently translated as “natural energy”, “life force”, or “energy flow”. Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicine & martial arts.The literal translation of “qi” is “breath”, “air”, or “.
5. Open the window or step outside and let the light rush in.
There’s nothing like fresh air and sunshine to reconnect yourself with nature! Open the windows and let the light in! Even if its raining or cloudy, just step outside and take in the air of nature. Connect with a new day! Nature and light will guild you with the love that you already are!
**Good luck on your new beginnings of the day!!! And I would recommend to drink a whole glass of water before you freak out and have your coffee 😉 Your body will thank you in the long run!