I'm going to let you in to a little secret... I'm crap at mornings!
As a meditation teacher, people assume I'm always zen. But one of my biggest sources of stress is mornings. I'm always rushing, always late and always forget something! I've known for ages that this is an area I need to address but I've just pushed it to the back of my mind (i used to blame my Caribbean heritage.. I'm on island time! Doesn't quite work in 5 degrees and rain.)
I recently taught on the Lululemon Meditation Bus and came across this simple set of words on the side of the bus
Breath, Self-Discipline, Devotion
It struck a chord with me and for the past 2 weeks I've been using this mantra to bring some balance and peace to my mornings.
I start every day with a meditation. It doesn't have to be long - sometimes it can be as short as 5 minutes (but it's normally around 20).
I'll ask myself "how am I feeling this morning?" and based on the answer, I know which meditation to do.
Self critical? Self comapssion. Sad? Gratitude. Busy mind? A Body Scan.
Being able to tap into this takes some practise - so to start with, just focus on your breath for 5 minutes - that's really all you need. If you're not ready to roll solo - i've got you babes - use one of mine.
I am the ultimate snoozer! I just looooove sleep. But when I set the intention of waking up at 6, but then end up snoozing til 8 beause... just one more snooze (it never is!) one of the first emotions I experience in the morning is guilt. That sinking feeling of.. it's already 8am and I've already let myself down.
Banning snooze is one of the best life decisions I've ever made.
I used to think that self compassion and self discipline were opposites - viewing discipline as harsh or punitive. But actually being disciplined about doing the things that make you feel good is one of the most compassionate things you can do.
As someone who has had a difficult relationship with my body over the years - as a teenager starving it because I thought I had to be thinner, and throughout my early 20s poisoning it with alcohol and drugs in an attempt to drown out the negative soundtrack in my mind - learning to honour my body has been one of the most deeply emotional and transformational shifts meditation has brought me.
So I start every day with devotion to my body through movement. But not moving it to achieve anything or for it to look a certain way, but instead to nourish it and allow it to do what it naturally wants to do - move.
At the moment I'm loving yoga, so I stick on a Youtube video and get my Vinyasa Flow on. But it can be anything - even just dancing around to Chaka Khan in my room!
Want help with your morning routine? Email me! I'm always happy to talk <3