My Morning Ritual
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But Life can lose it's magic if we are asleep at the wheel. Having a morning ritual brings the sacred
Cultivating a morning routine is one way to bring aliveness and joy into each day. We understand that we must nourish our bodies with food, water, breath, and sleep.
As a songwriter and musician, the days that I feel most empowered, centered, and clear all start with my morning ritual.
Turn off the Electronics The perfect evening is quiet. Perhaps I am reading, practicing guitar, or sipping a cup of Chamomile tea. The electronics are off. There isn't a tv in sight. It is early in the evening and I go to sleep at a time that allows me enough rest to energize my day.
Express Gratitude Gratitude is a simple way to wake up. It's is a mood changer and a door opener to better physical and psychological health, It improves sleep, self-esteem, and self-awareness. I wake up and express gratitude before I get out of bed. It's a new day and there is much to be thankful for.
Wake up Early
Dialing into to the sun is ideal...watching the sun rise is a blessing every day.
Body Care I love starting my day with Vegan skin-care products. I use Kind Science products. I also use Vegan toothpaste infused with Vitamin B12. For body wash, shampoo, and conditioner, I use The Honest Company products- all natural, never tested on animals, and no animal bi-products. Sounds minor, but simple choices make a difference.
Lemon Water I drink a glass of lemon water daily. It is a great way to get a little extra vitamin C and antioxidants. If there are no lemons - water will do!
How to make Lemon Water To make lemon water, squeeze half a lemon into 8 ounces of warm or cold water. You can infuse more flavor or a health boost by adding:
a few springs of mint
a teaspoon of maple syrup or raw honey
a slice of fresh ginger
a dash of cinnamon
a sprinkle of turmeric
A Walk Outside I live in Austin, Texas where the sun shines daily an there is no shortage of trails, parks, lakes and rivers. From Sept-May, the weather is literally perfect every single day. The sun shines and there's a cool breeze. A simple morning walk while the birds are waking is a great way to start the day. It's important, no matter what the weather is like, to get some sunshine daily.
Yoga Yoga is essential to my morning routine. It increases my happiness and rejuvenates my body and soul. It feels great to stretch your body in the morning. I use 30 Days of Yoga by Adrienne on YouTube. She's down to earth and easy to follow. Adrienne has a 10 minute Yoga routine for beginners that perfect for the morning.
Meditation by Fabulous
Recently, I started using a meditation app called "Fabulous." It's a daily planner and self-care habit tracker all in one. It works like a coach and uses behavioral science to help build positive habits. You can add any habits you want to build. I do a nightly meditation.
I use a journal called the Passion Planner.
I like to change up breakfast. Sometimes it's fruit & nuts with almond milk, vegan egg and vegan sausage on sprouted bread, or a vegan protein smoothie with, bananas, wild blueberries, dates, spinach and a super grain like quinoa, flax, millet, teff, chia, buckwheat or amaranth. - all organic.
A great morning ritual inspires me to live my best day. As a songwriter, feeling healthy is critical to creating music.