I think we can all agree that the morning is the most important part of the day. If you have a peaceful and productive morning, you’ll be ready to tackle the day ahead.
So the question is, how can you have a great morning, every single morning? Well, who better to ask than a mindfulness expert?
Matt Valentine recently wrote a detailed article outlining 7 morning rituals that will change your life.
I’ve summarized some of his most fantastic points below:
1) Tea meditation.
Some people recommend to meditate when you immediately wake up. The problem with this, according to Valentine, is that you can fall right back asleep. But a tea ritual can change all this.
If you have tea, it’s filled with a bit of caffeine to wake you up. This will make you alert enough to meditate properly.
When you fully engage with everything you are doing while drinking the tea, it becomes a form of meditation in itself.
To do tea meditation, Valentine says “you simply need to do every part of the tea making and tea drinking process with mindfulness. Take your time making your tea with mindfulness- heat up your water, get your cup out, pour the water, and sift the tea. Then, take your tea and sit down in a quiet place with it. Drink your tea like there’s no tomorrow.”
2) Zazen (sitting meditation).
According to Valentine, this is his cornerstone practice. Out of all the rituals you’ll read in this article, this is perhaps the most important.
You can simply meditate for 5 minutes and gradually increase the time as you become more comfortable. You can focus on your breathe, or an object, and when any wandering thoughts appear, simply acknowledge them, accept them and gently return to your focus of attention.
3) Get creative.
The morning will likely be when you’re most alert, and therefore it is a great time to flex your creativity.
Meditation helps you discover yourself and the outside world, so you won’t be without inspiration.
According to Valentine, “If you’ve practiced drawing, painting, or anything else before or want to start doing so then the morning is a great time to do it. And flexing your creativity in the morning is a great way to get your creative juices flowing for the rest of the day.”
Yes, writing can be incredibly beneficial. Valentine says that “writing opens you up and spurs you to bring form to thoughts and ideas in your mind like nothing else can. If you’re going through a tough time, trying to figure something out, or gain clarity about something then writing is the most powerful exercise I know to do so.”
Whether you’re a writer or not, jotting your thoughts down can bring great clarity to your mind and can also be very therapeutic.
5) Keep a journal
Keeping a journal has all kinds of benefits. Valentine says there are two different types of journals. One, you can note all the good things that happen to you, which will increase your confidence, make you happier and give a better perspective.
Another way to keep a journal is what Valentine calls a “mindful journal”. He says “It’s essentially keeping a journal and noting down any thoughts or feelings you have throughout your day.”
6) Start a project about something you love.
The peace and quiet of the morning make it a great time to do something you love. Valentine puts it best:
“If you’re still figuring out what you want to do with your life, or you just want to have some fun doing something you love, design a fun project around it and do a little each morning. The uninterrupted time of the morning is easily the most productive part of my day and the perfect time to stretch your creativity as I mentioned earlier.”
Yep, the morning is a great time to go for a run, no matter how hard your body tries to tell you it isn’t. The morning is great for setting you up for what’s in store for the rest of the day, so the energy and vitality you get from exercise is a great thing to do.
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