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?
- Make hot lemon and ginger water, put on some suitable 'rolling' clothes (no strings on clothes).
- 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.
- After 30-40 minutes of rolling on my mat I sit with my coffee and smoothie.
- Meditate for 2-5 minutes depending on how much I meditated on my mat!
- 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.
- I read. I make notes on what I read. I reflect on the reading and my notes.
- 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:
- 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.