I’ve got this morning ritual, a practice I’ve kept now for about two and a half years. This routine has modified over time since the day I started, but when I add something that makes my heart burn brighter I keep it and incorporate it.
For the most part, it looks like this: get up, stumble to kitchen, prep coffee maker, and while that’s brewing, drink 1 large glass of hot water with half squeezed lemon in it. (I’ve also used Young Living Oils Lemon in my hot water, but prefer the taste of real lemon.)
Then, I light my Sacred Heart of Mary candle (she is my go-to girl, that Mother Mary) and I collect my thoughts, write out gratitudes, make plans and set intentions, release shit that is weighing me down in a series of journals I keep and write in. I write a LOT. I’ve discovered that it is super important for me to hand-write in my journal, not just blog.
I also have the most beautiful set of Wild Woman Mystery Cards that – when I have time – I like to use. But with two kids still in school and a dog to walk, and a job to get to, time is often a luxury.
Somewhere in there, I get myself a bulletproof coffee. It’s black coffee with a teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil stirred into it. I love it. It’s a paleo/keto kind of thing and I do it as a way of incorporating more healthy fat into my diet without having to eat cold, lumpy coconut oil off a spoon (blech). It makes my guts happy.
My latest addition – I’ve added the Five Tibetan Rites as part of my morning routine.
After the pup and I drop girls at school, we head out for our morning exercise.
Where I live we have 45 kilometres of trails – some paved with benches and some clear cut through the bush, through marsh and meadow, brush and forest. I’ve spent the last eleven months healing (self-diagnosed) adrenal fatigue with diet, exercise, sleep, meditation and time in the trees.
It is absolutely my happy place. Every day. Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. It’s December now, and we have enough snow in the bush to make walking hard work. Good thing I love to snow-shoe. I did 12,000 steps worth of snowshoeing that day.
Which explains the desire to nap. (Me and my girl – River is the love of our life. Had I known how good a dog would be for me and my family, I’d have gotten one years ago. She is a Shepherd cross, 14 months old. A total sweetheart.)
Once this morning routine has been finished, everything else I do in the day feels easy. If I miss it, my whole day feels rushed, and off. Making time for me to get clear, say a prayer, do Reiki if I want to, write down my plans, bless people I love, love my body and acknowledge my emotions has become pivotal to the level of wellness and contentment I feel in my everyday life.
Sometimes I get distracted and waste time. This can cause aggravation and self-criticism – which I don’t need more of. But mostly, I try to stay focused on what I want from my morning habit. Any habit is about values and how you spend your time is a reflection of what those values are.
I want silence more than I want the news.
I want health more than I want cereal or toast with jam.
I want to breathe deeply and feel my body move and walk under the trees more than I want to finish my laundry or go shopping.
Life is choices and I love choosing to spend my time this way.
I am seeking clarity, a sense of gratitude, time to center myself and feel my Creator. And in the seeking, I find peace.
That’s a pretty awesome place to be.