Mornings are magic and unscripted and they are always, always, there for the taking. You just have to decide you want to take it.
I’ve been meditating in the mornings for almost a year now. I sit every weekday morning, at least 20 minutes, before I leave for work. Taking the time to meditate in the morning leaves me feeling more in control of my emotions and thoughts throughout the day. And starting my day intentionally makes me more likely to live the rest of my day intentionally: choosing foods, words, exercise, actions – wisely.
Regardless, the last few weeks I’ve been slipping. I’ve been meditating sure, but it’s been a “squeezed in” kind of practice. I’ll set the alarm for 20 minutes and then have to run around the house getting myself ready to leave for work on time.
Yesterday, I read a Wall Street Journal article on the “slow morning,” and it inspired me to refresh my morning routine. On top of that, the days are getting longer, and I’ve been feeling more energy with the spring time coming.
So I wrote it down: how I’d like my morning to look minute by minute. The trick is here, I think, that it should look spacious. And it should look like a morning that sounds pleasant to you. It’s not supposed to be more time for us to cram in as much productivity as possible. It should be about doing less: having some unscheduled time that we can fill with whatever we want to fill it with on that particular day. Right now for me that time is for reading, but at other times it has been for yoga, or lengthier meditations, or writing.
6:00AM – Wake Up
6:00 – 6:10 – Make Coffee, Feed Cat, Clean her Litter Box
6:10 – 6:20 Shower
6:20 – 6:45 Meditate
6:45 – 7:15: Coffee and Reading
7:15 – 7:45 Dressing and getting ready
7:45 Out the door
This morning, I got out of bed at 6:00AM on the dot. I did not snooze. I think writing it down helped. And it helped that I had taken some time to remember why this solitude and slowness matters to me. I spent 20 unrushed minutes in meditation. I read the book on Mindfulness I’ve been reading. I underlined some passages. I enjoyed my coffee.
So write it down. Be deliberate. Set some goals. Craft a morning.
Happy Sitting !