If you are anything like me, you're NOT a morning person. I was always the child my parents had to drag out of bed in the morning so that I can be out the door in time for school.
We can train our minds and our bodies to form habits. However, the fact is some of us are not genetically designed for the morning. Yes, scientists have found that there are about 351 genes that influence our sleeping patterns and behaviors.
Doesn’t that make you feel a bit better? I know it does for me.
However, knowing that I am not genetically inclined to be a morning person, doesn’t stop me from wanting to make improvements with how I start my day. Research, also supports that starting our morning off right has profound effects on how we continue our day. Having a solid morning routine helps us to become more disciplined, increases our productivity and promotes mental stability.
As you are on your spiritual journey you may feel apt to begin the day by getting your heart and mind into alignment through incorporating a divine ritual into your morning routine. If you have an hour of time to carve out each morning to dedicate to a spiritual practice, great! But, if you work a busy day job, run a busy household, and have a difficult time with rising early then these simple rituals might be useful to you.
Simple Morning Rituals For Not So Morning People
You can easily have a better morning by implementing a simple one (or even two) step ritual at the start of your day. Here are a few rituals you can try.
1| Set an intention
Before the start of your day, set at least one intention. To set an intention you might reflect on a specific area of your life (mind, body, or spirit) you wish to work on and make an intentional statement on how you will make improvements to your day. The purpose of setting an intention is to bring your heart and mind into alignment with what you want to bring into your life. Here a few intentional statements for reference.
Today I will surround myself with love.
Today I choose peace.
Today I will be a better ____ than I was the day before.
2| Say a prayer
If you want to start your day by connecting with the Divine, you can recite a prayer. It can be a rehearsed prayer, a prayer from the heart, or from a prayer book. It can be as brief as 1-2 minutes. Say the prayer as soon as you wake up or if you're in a pinch for time pray as you shower. Similar to setting an intention, saying a prayer aligns our heart with our mind. It also enables us to feel a greater connection to the Divine.
Learn how to create a simple yet impactful morning prayer: Co-creating WIth God Through The Power of Affirmative Prayer
Start your morning with these beautifully written universal prayers: Illuminated Prayers by Mariane Williamson
3| Listen to an inspirational or spiritually uplifting podcast
Personally, I love to jumpstart my day with a word of inspiration. I do this by listening to podcasts. Inspirational audiobooks can work too. The great thing about this is you can complete your morning routine while simultaneously listening to them. Here a few of my fave podcasts:
4| Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness, as defined by Oxford dictionary, is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
To bring mindfulness into your morning ritual you can set aside as little as 5 minutes to take a few deep breathes, bringing your attention to your thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations in the present moment.
The great thing about practicing mindfulness is you can do this as you shower, enjoy your breakfast, or commute to work (if by public transportation).
5| Gratitude Journal
Practicing gratitude is one sure way to raise your vibration and become more spiritually in tune with your higher-self. Carve out 5 minutes in the morning to write 1 - 3 things that you are grateful for.
A practice of gratitude also shifts our outlook on life to an increasingly positive one, in addition to, relieving stress and anxiety.
Having A Good Morning Starts From The Night Before
Having a good morning begins with having a good night. To have a productive morning, there are some habits you might have to incorporate into your nightly routine.
1| A Consistent Bed Time
Having a set bedtime prepares the body to know when it is time for sleep. Think of a time that is reasonable for you, and get into bed at the same time every night. Whether or not you actually feel tired. Over time, your body will recognize when it is bedtime without you having to look at the clock. You will naturally become tired at the same time each night.
2| Go to bed at a reasonable on time
This one is pretty much self-explanatory. There is no use in trying to implement a morning ritual if you will be barely awake or alert enough to do it.
3| Create A Bedtime ritual
This can be something as simple as reading a chapter of a book, mindfully brushing your teeth, or a nightly sip of chamomile tea. Eventually, your mind will associate this activity withbgoing to sleep. And, hopefully, you'll naturally become tired when performing these actions.
In today's world, it may seem like having a life of self-care, wellness, and a balanced spiritual life is inaccessible. However, every simple step you take towards care for yourself counts. Small changes over time lead to even greater change.
Do you have a morning ritual? What simple rituals do you incorporate into your morning routines?
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