Good morning spiritual friends!
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This blog post was inspired by Hal Elrod’s wildly successful book The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM). Published in 2012, this book has impacted millions across the world. Inside, Mr. Elrod shares a simple trick that can make all the difference in our lives: waking up earlier to focus on personal growth. Definitely recommended if you haven’t already read it!
“Love the life you have while you create the life of your dreams. Don’t think you have to choose one over the other.” – Hal Elrod
I really enjoyed this book when I read it a few years ago. Mr. Elrod starts off by sharing a few very personal stories that ultimately changed the course of his life. All extremely inspirational and astounding. Next, he shares all sorts of activities that are ideally performed in the morning, right when you wake up. The idea here is to start each day with purpose, intention, focus, and commitment.
After reading the book from cover to cover, I felt radically motivated to develop my own miracle morning routine. But I knew I wanted my practice to be a bit more SPIRITUALLY INSPIRED than Hal’s practice (of course!). So, I started being more mindful about my morning ritual and what I decide to focus on. And so far, I’ve been having a lot of fun with it!
Today I wanted to share how you can utilize the precious waking hours to enhance your spiritual journey. Waking up a few minutes earlier can be the difference between an “okay” day and a WONDERFUL day. I’m positive that most of us can agree on that. Right? Right!
But does anyone actually want to wake up earlier?
Waking up in the morning can be truly difficult. Especially during the winter when it’s freezing cold and the sun doesn’t want to rise. Add to that our cuddly pets and partner, and we are doomed. Getting out of bed is the hardest part, even if you absolutely love your spiritual morning routine.
I think the key here is to not get angry with ourselves for feeling this way. Wanting to fall back asleep is perfectly natural. Especially since most of us find ourselves stuck in jobs we don’t want to be at (totally guilty of this). What’s the point of dedicating time to a spiritual routine every morning if I have a ton of other obligations? This is a question that is addressed in Hal’s book, so I won’t go into too much detail. But I want to share what MY motivation is with you, just in case it benefits you. Which I hope it does!
I like my spiritual practice to happen right away in the morning because:
1. It helps me wake up physically. At the same time, it recharges my batteries in a gradual way. I’m not diving straight into the craziness of the rat race first thing after opening my eyes.
2. It reminds me of where my priorities are and sets the tone for the day. Personally, spirituality is what I choose to devote my life to. By having a specific time each day to focus on that, I am reminded of what’s really important to me.
3. I get my daily exercise and meditation in right away, before anything can distract me. Trying to squeeze it in later in the day is next to impossible when you work 11 hour shifts. I don’t always have time at night, but I always have time in the morning.
4. I get to see the starry night sky fade away as the sun rises and the clouds turn pink. So gorgeous! And sometimes the Moon stays visible for a bit in the morning sun, and I definitely don’t want to miss that.
5. I’m not weighed down by the events of the day. Yesterday’s events are gone, and today’s events haven’t happened yet. There’s a clean slate to work with.
The Mysteries of Sleep
Sleep is very mysterious. Scientists may have a firm grasp on the benefits of sleeping, but they have more questions than answers. Also the amount of sleep humans need is highly debated. Plus there are lots of mixed feelings about sleep—some of us love it, others despise it. All we can say with absolute certainty is that sleep is NECESSARY for our survival as humans. No matter who you are or what you do, you must sleep.
“Until the 1950s, most people thought of sleep as a passive, dormant part of our daily lives. We now know that our brains are very active during sleep. Moreover, sleep affects our daily functioning and our physical and mental health in many ways that we are just beginning to understand.” – American Sleep Association *
And we haven’t even touched on the topic of dreams! Which is probably the most compelling, yet baffling subjects related to sleep. Dreams are incredibly diverse, and that is why I will save that complex information for another blog post. Just wanted to further point out all the mysteries of sleep that are waiting to be solved.
Confession: I have a major love/hate relationship with sleep. We can’t talk about creating a spiritual morning routine without talking about sleep. I’ll admit that I often wrestle with the temptation to not go to bed at all and to just continue on with my daily activities.
Average people spend 1/3 of their lives sleeping, and I can’t help but think about how I would spend that time if I didn’t have to sleep. Even though I’m well aware that our waking hours would be pretty shitty if we didn’t spend that time snoozing. For me, this fact is pretty good motivation to get up right as the alarm buzzes.
How to Build A Spiritual Morning Ritual
There is no need to follow the EXACT same routine every single morning. Just do what feels right in the moment. Some days I don’t feel the need to cleanse the space. My yoga session truly varies from day to day. Tarot readings definitely don’t happen every time. Additionally, I don’t journal about every single thing I experience during my ritual. Other days I do it all. Whatever feels right is what gets done.
Remember what I said earlier: don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day, or two, or several. Seriously. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. Any time my body is telling me I need more sleep, I will listen. Perfectionism isn’t the goal, consistency is. In my opinion, if you do your spiritual morning ritual once, that is worth being proud of.
Here is a list of ideas you can pick and choose from to design your own, custom spiritual ritual:
1. Cleanse your aura and your space
Use sound cleansing or a smudge stick, whatever you prefer. Drink at least eight ounces of ice cold water to help cleanse the body.
2. Light 1-2 candles and welcome your Spirit Guides to join
Usually I say something along the lines of: “With this candle I invite my team of Spirit Guides to bring their love and light into my practice this morning.”
3. Move your body slowly and with love
Do some simple stretches to wake up the body. Practice your own style of free-form yoga, or follow any of the thousands of free yoga videos on YouTube. I like this channel and this channel.
Related: Yoga: The Ancient Practice of Being
Related: What is the goal of meditation?
5. Recite your current affirmations
My favorite go-to chakra affirmations: “I am safe, I am creative, I am strong, I am loved, I am expressive, I am connected, I am Divine.”
6. Talk to your Spirit Guides and/or Angels
Use tarot cards, a pendulum, clairaudience, or any form of divination you prefer. Ask them questions or invite them to share general guidance.
You could write down any guidance you were just delivered. Make a list of all things you’re grateful for right now. Go “morning pages” style and just write whatever comes to mind. Or recall your dreams and record them.
Related: The Power of a Personal Journal
8. Close your ritual
Never just get up and walk away. Take a moment to thank your Spirit Guides and blow out your candle(s). A final chime of a singing bowl is a nice way to reset the vibrations of the space.
Thank you so much for reading! You are greatly appreciated. Hopefully you’re inspired to try something new tomorrow morning. Share in the comments below—what gets you out of bed in the morning? Namaste!
Sending you love and light,
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