I wake up, rush to get ready, get the kids going, finish my coffee, then out the door I go. Some days, I would sleep in, wake up slowly, make breakfast, get ready, get kids ready...this is my daily routine. At least, it was, for a VERY long time. The only challenge I was facing? I didn’t feel like I had any time for myself. I mean, sure, I took deep breaths here and there. However, those breaths were more response to interaction than they were for mindful practices.
My desire to connect to myself changed.
I wanted to become more reflective. I wanted to have time to meditate. I wanted to practice self-compassion and spiritual connection. I wanted to push in some yoga routines, journaling, daily tarot, and, of course, healthy eating. All of which could not have been done with my previous schedule. So make changes, I did.
The first, and probably the most difficult, thing to change was my wake up time. I like to sleep in. To that last minute...you know, after the alarm has gone off 3 or 4 times, and the only thing that gets you out of bed is the rush of having to be in a rush!? Initially, I made the decision to allow myself to sleep past the alarm MOST days but I set a goal to rise earlier 2 of the 7 (too bad there are not 8 days!). For those 2 days, I still slept past my alarm but my alarm went off 2 hours earlier than I would wake up. Therefore, I was usually awake at least an hour earlier than usual.
Hard part done.
The second part of my ‘spiritual self connection morning routine’ is mindful self compassion. After I finally wake up, I find myself in a comfortable position and I set my timer for at least 2 minutes. Using a self soothing gesture, like my hands over my heart, I check in with myself. How am I feeling today? Are there unresolved emotions from yesterday that need to be checked? I allow myself to be in this moment longer if I need to. I have found that journaling is a good way to self soothe as well-it also allows us to check in with ourselves. Other times, I rock myself, stretch, practice yoga, or just breathe and be in the moment.
After I feel connected with me, I push in meditation. Sometimes I follow guided meditations, other times I play music and allow myself to drift off. When I find myself focusing on what needs to be done for the day, negative self talk, or otherwise distracting thoughts, I gently bring myself back to the moment. Though this can be connected with mindful self compassion, some days my meditation is centered around spirituality and energy.
The fourth to last part of my daily spiritual routine (work in progress) is daily tarot or spirit connection. During this time, I begin by maybe lighting a candle, playing meditative music, calling on spirit guides, using clearing techniques with essence or crystals, pulling an affirmation card, or connecting to the akashic. Then, I offer myself the gift of insight into my day. What challenges will I face that I may need to be aware of? What do I need to know to guide my day? How can I live today to be the best version of myself? How can I connect to myself today?...I mean, you can ask any question that is driving you. I write my message down. What good is a message if we cannot look back on it to reflect and grow? Then, I close the ritual. Expressing gratitude and love for the guidance, support, and encouragement that I receive from divine authority is a crucial step. I have also used a bell or singing bowl to close as well.
Finally, I find time to make myself coffee and eat a healthy breakfast. I thank the nourishment and embrace the moment before I wake the kids, take a shower, and begin the hustle and bustle of the day.
Most days are good days, but even on days that the alarm can’t even get me out of bed, I make an effort to push in this routine in another way. At least twice a week at first. Now, I can say with success, that it has become almost a daily routine, if not a daily morning routine.
Aside from those listed here, other spiritual morning routines that I have tried include spiritual art or drawing, self reflective workbooks, writing blog posts, energy clearing practices, Tai Chi, creating manifestations, dream journaling, visualization, and setting intentions for the day.
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I am going to challenge you to pause and do an activity with me. It will only take a moment.
Begin by relaxing. Take in the scene around you. Take a deep breath in, and as you exhale, release any thoughts, emotions, or worries. Acknowledge that they are there, they are important, but blow them away for now. Breathe in again, this time, counting to 6 as you inhale. Hold for 6. Breathe out for 6. Just feel the breath as it enters your system, oxygenates, and releases. “Damn, this feels good.” Notice your surroundings. Remember to acknowledge and let go of those thoughts that try to come in. We are not paying attention to them right now; only the moment. Practice this breathing 3 more times.
How do you feel?
You may notice that you are more aware now. It is like you have been transported from your head to your feet. You are present in your body. Express gratitude for this; for seldomly do we experience this level of consciousness.
This, my friends, is what the practice of mindfulness is all about.
Sometimes, in our rush to complete our tasks, we get caught up in our head spaces and are less aware of our foot spaces. Being mindful is being present in the current moment by recognizing your surroundings, your emotions, and the people around you. It carries this notion that nothing is truly solid or stuck in time and everything that we experience is fluid. It is forever changing and evolving. Time is quick, and what is left are memories.
When I began my venture into the realm of mindful practices and seeking ways to attune myself to the present, one of the most impactful realizations I made was that I had to make a SUPER concerted effort to be more mindful. I had to identify and write down daily goals to help me guide my habit. There are days, even now, that can fly by, and without a gentle reminder, the day is spent more in my head.
If this is a new practice for you and you are looking for a place to begin, a wonderful resource created by Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, that I recently came across, was Everyday Peace Cards: 108 Mindfulness Meditations. I choose a card from the deck randomly as part of my morning routine (see more about morning routines in this post), carefully read it and find its purpose for me in my day, and take a picture of it. To help me remain accountable, I set a mindfulness timer to go off midway through the day.
By practicing mindfulness, I have become a more mindful parent, teacher, coach, and friend. I am a better listener, I have a better reaction when it comes to interacting with my environment and with others, and I am kinder to myself. My thoughts, worries, and stresses are a part of life and they need to be managed or cared for, but they do not need to control my daily grasp on the here and now.
We want to hear from you! Do you have a favorite mindfulness routine? Or a resource or book you recommend? Share in the comments!
If you want a relaxing meditation before bed, enjoy this guided sleep meditation.