As part of my ongoing responsibility for my own holistic health and well being, a couple of months ago I designed a time each day where I could use some of the tools I know really benefit my health. I had heard a lot from various friends and social media about a book called The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, and so decided to listen to it on an audio book one day. I didn't connect with all of it, but I did really like the concept of undertaking positive self development and health activities in the first hour of the day, (getting up and hour earlier than usual to do this if necessary), and making it a daily routine.
So my adapted version (Which I've renamed 'Magical Morning' routine) looks a bit like this
(make a pot of tea...obviously!!)
Grounding/mediation (working with 5 senses to be totally present)
Choosing a wisdom/affirmation card ( Im currently using Louise Hays 'Wisdom Cards' ) to focus on for the day.
Journalling gratitude in my Earth Pathways Diary, plus connecting with the written information for the day/week the diary provides
Planning my day using the Reflection and Planning tool I designed as part of my Diploma portfolio
Reading a chapter of a book
I aim to take an hour for the above routine, but it can be done in more, or less time if needed. If for some reason I have to miss the morning routine, I do it all in the evening ('Magical Evening' - ME time!) instead.
I'm really loving the new routine....it gets me doing so many things I know benefit me at the start of the day, which in turn gives me a really fab beginning to the day in terms of mood and energy. I'm also feeling physically fitter through getting an extra 15-20 mins of moderate exercise into my day. In addition I've found that I spend far less time in the day thinking that I should be doing these activities because they are good for me, but then not doing them because other more 'essential' things come up. So I automatically feeling less stressed and more in control of how I choose to use my time throughout the rest of the day.
There is also a super active motivating Facebook Group for folk around the world who are using a similar routine to benefit their lives.
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