PART I: WHAT DO YOU DO? – AN EXERCISE IN REFLECTION AND UNDERSTANDING
A new beginning.
A time to start fresh after a rejuvenating slumber.
An opportunity to set the tone for the day – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.
An opportunity. One we all have the option to partake in, should we choose to.
However, all too often we either:
A. Wake to an alarm, go through our routines and get ready for the day.
B. Hit the snooze button one too many times, rush out of bed and clamor to get ready.
Upon waking, too many of us immediately check our phones, computers, social media, etc for notifications, messages, emails, updates, etc. etc. – essentially living in a reactive state.
A state that can keep us addicted and distracted, away from the beauty and opportunity the morning presents. Away from presence and away from growth.
This reactive state is a time sucker. Spending time on something or someone else and neglecting our own valuable time.
I’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to deconstruct your morning routine – step by step. Grab a pen and paper and write out the steps you generally go through in your morning. Don’t make any judgements here, just write down your morning process.
Some things to consider:
– What time you wake up
– What time you get out of bed
– What you drink, eat
– What you ingest in the form of literature, social media, emails, and so forth.
– What type of movement you do…stretch in bed, stretch on the floor. Or maybe the only stretching you do is tying your shoes.
– When and if you meditate
– What time you’re out the door/beginning work (if you work from home)
Perhaps its 5 steps or 30 steps. Doesn’t matter.
Just observe and note. If your cat/dog/voyeur was watching you, what does your morning look like? How much is mental preparation for the day? How about physical? Do you have any rituals? Are there any time suckers in your routine? How good do you feel (on all levels) when you’re “ready”? Do you even feel ready, or just rushed?
This exercise can be highly beneficial to those who are rushed as well as those who are not.
Starting the day with movement can and will have a carryover into everything else that you do. There is plenty of current research on how moving improves cognitive function as well as creative output.
If you do not currently do anything physical in the morning besides running from the coffee pot to the shower, get ready as we ask gather a roundtable of movers and thinkers in Part II: Ask the Experts and then put it all together in Part III: Put it into Practice.