How you start your morning will have a trickle-down effect into the hours ahead. If we can create some space in-between waking and commencing our day, we’ll have a chance to be more grounded and relaxed with what the day throws at us. This can be done with something as simple as sitting up in bed and trying five minutes of conscious breathing and observing your body without judgment or attachment. If you really tune in and become aware of what’s happening internally, you’ll be far more likely to be able to work in communion with what you really need.
Whether it's going for a walk, jog, yoga, Pilates, or boxing; movement is life. Sweating and getting the blood flowing carries waste and toxins out of the system, it also makes us connect with our bodies and become present. It's hard to stay caught up in the monkey-mind when you're sweating and moving.
The power of gratitude is awe-inspiring. Start small and simple, think of a few things you appreciate in your life. It could be having a comfy pillow to sleep on, a fresh coffee to drink in the morning, the smile of someone as you walk to work. Humans, especially here in the western world get so caught up on the Hedonistic treadmill of wanting more and more that we don’t stop to actually appreciate what we have. Take a moment to appreciate something you are thankful for about yourself too. Like anything we practice over and over, gratitude can become a habit.