A Morning Practice


Seeker: I know 'I am'; but I do not know what I am Sage: Are there two 'I's' then?

Seeker: It is begging the question.

Sage: Who says this? Is it the one who is, or the other who does not know what he is?

Seeker: I am, but do not know what or how?

Sage: 'I' is always there.

~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talk 434

After the space and time I experienced working in Central America my return to London was very busy.  I became aware that with a busier environment discipline for my self-development was required. To reintegrate into a busier town, work and people mode could pull me back to old Nid habits of the London workaholic.

When I arrived in Greece at the start of May I created a morning practice and routine that was grounding, calming and focused my day.  I rearranged my bedroom to have my mat and mini stability pilates ball next to my bed.  I brought my nutribullet and a caffettiere for my morning nourishment (coffee is my treat still)!

All neuro-specialists will tell you that the brain needs routine for good function, so I had to wake up at the same time each day.  I needed 90 minutes each morning to complete my morning practice, so that set the wake up time.

Why did I develop this routine?

  • Self check-in of "where am I at this day?" Then I know as the day progresses what I am picking up from others & what is me.
  • Grounding back into my physical body from being asleep. Connect back to earth!
  • Keeps me calm.
  • Contemplative thoughts ensure I am open to receive lessons from my day.
  • Time for me! This is nurturing and reminds me that I cannot give to others what I do not have inside myself.
  • Makes me smile!

What is the routine?

  1. Make hot lemon and ginger water, put on some suitable 'rolling' clothes (no strings on clothes).
  2. Roll onto my mat and complete my 'Morning Grounding Practice'.  This practice about my check-in with my body, mind, emotions and energy for the day.  Some days this is more physical work, others more breath or meditation.
  3. After 30-40 minutes of rolling on my mat I sit with my coffee and smoothie.
  4. Meditate for 2-5 minutes depending on how much I meditated on my mat!
  5. Perhaps with an intention or question on my mind, I open a random page from a book of talks by the Hindu Sage - Sri Ramana Maharshi.
  6. I read. I make notes on what I read. I reflect on the reading and my notes.
  7. I take this into my day as I shower, prepare and go about my day.


Working out YOUR morning practice

A morning practice should contain 3 elements of check-in:

  1. Breath
  2. Body
  3. Mind/ Emotions

Ideas might be:

  • You could start in bed before you move with noticing your breathing for 5 minutes - or in between snooze hits(!)
  • Then take a body scan of sensations from toes to head. This can be quick & non-judgmental notes to self of tight/easy/buzzy etc
  • Notice any thoughts coming into your head - perhaps about your day.
  • Visualise your day as you would like it to unfold. Feel how good you would feel at the best of your day ahead. If it's a sucky day, then the good feeling when it will be over or even just now in bed!
  • Read a poem or something wise to expand your mind.