Mornings are my favorite time of day to connect with myself and to the Universe. It’s quiet, the opportunities for the day ahead are endless, and there is something soothing to me about spending a little time in the morning awake, under my sheets. Because mornings feel so sacred, I have been trying to establish a set morning routine for the last few years, experimenting different rituals and seeing how it feels.
But mornings are a challenge because I wake up feeling different every day. Somedays, writing 3-pages in my journal feels doable and exciting (check out morning pages here). Other times, moving on my mat feels good. Sometimes, both. Sometimes, it’s waking up and making myself a coffee or hot water and lemon. Sometimes, it’s reading something inspiring. I’ve noticed my inability to create a consistent ritual.
But I have discovered two simple morning game-changers that are easy and simple. Because of this, I have no excuse not to commit.
I was introduced to these game-changers by Marianne Williamson. She shares the importance of prayer and meditation, every morning. The reason for this is because if we don’t take the time to begin a dialogue with the Divine, the first thing in the morning, our ego (the monkey chatter in our head), tends to take control of the day. Prayer and meditation allow us to turn on the lights of our inner world so we can be the light as we walk in to the day. Its gives me an opportunity first thing to surrender me fears, pray to be of service, and receive grace.
Before I heard this, I prayed and meditated, but not in a consistent manner. Not first thing in the morning.
Since Marianne brought this to my attention, I have made a simple morning ritual where I prayer in bed, first thing and then meditate.
My prayers always start with a thank you (gratitude is the attitude, after all). Then I surrender my fears, sharing with God all that is on my mind, and ask to be of service. When we put ourselves in service of God, we are setting ourselves up for a miraculous day. We are allowing Spirit to take the driver seat of our life. We become a vessel for love. There is nothing more fulfilling than feeling the Spirit of the Universe guide you. I find that in the mornings, when I am still coming out of my dream state and I am bundled under my covers, I feel this energy most strongly.
I usually end with a prayer from A Course in Miracles:
“Where would you have me go, what would you have me do, what would you have me say and to whom?”
Again, I am asking God to show me. I am surrendering and recognizing that I (the human me) don’t know what’s in the best interest for me. By asking for this guidance, I am igniting and Divine me to step through (my soul, the holy spirit, my highest self- you insert your word for this) and reveal to me by highest interest.
When I finish my prayers, I turn to meditation. Meditation may sound like a big and daunting task, but does 2 minutes sound impossible? Or maybe just 1 minute? I have made the commitment to meditation for at least 2 minutes every day. That way, I can’t talk myself out of it. 2 minutes is too short of a time period to make an excuse. Usually, I meditate for much longer out of pure joy of being present in my body but this 2 minute commitment sets me up for success every day. And honestly, sometimes even 2 minutes feels hard. But I have found that setting myself up for an unrealistic time frame, like 15 minutes, wasn’t always doable. And I would feel guilt when I was running late one morning and missed my meditation. But I can always stop for 2 minutes and just sit.
Some people have mantras. Some people use music. I think it’s important to just do what feels good to you. Some people don’t even close their eyes. They just stare at an object (I would suggest something beautiful) and breath. The key is to focus on the breath. Even just counting your breaths or repeating the words “inhale and exhale” work.
My meditations shift but generally go back and forth to either a mantra from A Course in Miracle or counting my breaths. I keep it simple.
On a rushed day, my prayer and meditation routine can be as short as 3 minutes. But it’s still something I make time for and do.
This allows me to start the day, release all the crap in my mind and fill myself with the presence of Spirit. It’s like a spirit-filled cup of coffee. Since adding this into my life, I feel more inspiration flow through me, I am kinder to myself, and I feel more grounded.
I feel more open-hearted. I have more energy. And my perspective on life is shifting. I see every new day as an opportunity. The world feels more limitless and beautiful, even with all the insanity in the news. I am learning that with a connection to the Universe, God, The Divine (again, please insert whatever word resonates with your heart), you feel unlimited joy boiling through your pores, a sense of safety, and a strong belief in the power of love.
I am not saying prayer and meditation need to be in your morning routine. But if you have a desire for a ritual every day that connects you with yourself and God, I would recommend starting there. What I would also suggest is to keep it really simple so you can realistically do it every day.
I am by nature, flighty and undisciplined. But I am starting to experience the power of discipline in small ways, like showing up every day to pray and meditate first thing in the morning.
The way you start your day can affect your whole day. That is why I know it’s important to create discipline
If we don’t turn on the light every morning, the room stays dark. That is how I see prayer and meditation. When I don’t take the time every morning to ask the universe to fill me with light, to surrender my fears, and to ask to be of service, my ego takes over and I start my day operating from a place of fear.
Discover your morning game-changers. Commit to what feels good. Do what lights you up. Explore what brings you closer to the feeling of inspiration- that is when you know you’re connecting with the light.