Every Day is a New Beginning No matter how bad was yesterday, it has passed and today is a new beginning and we have the opportunity to make good of what we have failed to achieve yesterday, so that we could achieve a better result in the future. Each day truly is a gift and some people don’t even wake up to see the light of a new day! When most people do wake up and hear the alarm, they hit the snooze button and turn over to catch a few more z’s. Before they even get out of bed, they are avoiding the gift of the new day.
Don’t take the day for granted, and even this in itself will give you a new perspective. How we start our day in the morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. If you “get out of the wrong side of the bed”, have a negative attitude, grumble and complain while getting ready in the morning, and don’t eat a healthy breakfast, don’t be surprised if the rest of your day is less than satisfactory. If you already have a great morning routine that works well for you – fantastic! Keep at it!
However if you usually hit the snooze button, are always rushing around in a frenzy and don’t get a chance to eat breakfast before you leave the house, it would be worthwhile to experiment and try some new morning routines or rituals and see if your day progresses differently. A good starting point for getting your day off to a positive start would be getting up when the alarm goes off, or whenever you naturally wake up, whichever occurs first. Actually, if you intend to introduce some new habits in the beginning of your day, you might even need to set your alarm a little earlier.
Once you decide what new practice you would like to kick off your morning routine, try getting up at least a half hour before your normal wake up time. This will give you plenty of time to fit in your new habits. Experiment and see what works for you. Keep reading for some other suggestions on creating morning rituals. Morning Makeover Ideas: Positive Intention: Before you even get out of bed, say something like “Today I am going to have a beautiful, serene day” or whatever is your idea of a wonderful day.
Affirmations: If you have already written a list of affirmations, take it out and read it before you leave the house. Other ideas are to post it somewhere visible that you can’t miss such as the refrigerator door or bathroom mirror. Write in a journal: Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, suggests writing three longhand stream-of-consciousness pages each morning. This will help you process hidden “stuff” and also helps enhance your creativity. Meditate: Find a meditation technique that works for you – there are tons of different techniques to suit each type of person.
If you have never meditated before, start with a 5 minute practice, and you can gradually lengthen it over time if you so desire. Connect with Nature: If you are lucky enough to have a beautiful view from your home, look at and merge with the beautiful scenery. Maybe take a jog in the local park. Do some Surya Namaskars to connect with the sun’s energy. Go water the plants in your garden, or tend to your house plants. Find some small way to connect with nature. The notion of the day as a sacred place offers a lovely frame for the creativity which a day can bring.
Your life becomes the shape of the days you inhabit. Days enter us. ~ John O’Donohue, Irish Poet and Scholar If you’re like most people, your mornings are busy and you might be wondering how you can fit anything else in. It really is worthwhile to create a morning routine that works for you, and create some healthy habits and start your day off on a positive note. Your habits create your destiny. Start small and select one or two ideas from this list, or make up your own to include in your morning ritual. Consider your day as sacred and cherish the gift of each day as a new beginning!