The way you start your day is usually the way you spend your day so first thing in the morning is a great time to use your embodied spiritual practice and get your day going in the direction of more balance and less stress.
Awareness is the exercise that will inform your best choices moment to moment, and rushing is the only thing that can keep you from the awareness needed to see your choices clearly so you can make the ones that will keep you aimed at better balance.
Remember, your old habits already have a running start so breaking those habits is going to take determination and consistent attention to the details.
So lets bring your awareness practice to the very very beginning of your day, before you even sit up in bed.
When you wake up, what’s the first thing you notice?
You might draw a blank on this question, since many of us wake up in a panic and hit the ground running before we’ve even had a chance to notice anything. Our autopilot goes from 0-60 the minute the alarm goes off and after that the whole day runs on over drive piling up the unchecked stress that buries our peace of mind.
Making adjustments to the way you start your day is a great tool to help you remember to stay calm throughout the day.
So when you wake up in the morning, before you even sit up, pause and take a moment to pay attention to your posture, your breath and your mind before your autopilot kicks in.
This practice can be done in minutes and taking the time to do it first thing can make a real difference in shifting your M.O. from hurried and stressful to calm and efficient.
Try it, tomorrow, when you wake up, before you do anything, While you’re still laying in bed bring your attention to your posture- you might be saying ‘what posture”? I’m laying down but you’d be surprised at the amount of tension you carry in your body even when you’re laying in bed! Patterns of unchecked stress keep our nervous system from fully resting while we sleep. So notice where you’re holding tension and make adjustments to let it go. Let the bed have all of you, let yourself melt into the mattress.
Keep melting as you bring your attention to your breath. Gather any tension you notice and put it out on the curb as you let the next exhale take it away. Keep your mind focused on finding tension and releasing it with the exhale.
You’ll start to feel more space in your body.
Now let your inhale fill this space. Keep relaxing, and emptying tension, and allowing the inhale to fill the space with breath and vibrancy.
With your body relaxed and calm, your breath at the center of your awareness and your mind quietly focused on balancing these two points of attention you’re making a real dent in the stressful habits that have been running your day.
Give this simple exercise a try see what kind of difference it makes in your morning and your day!