Sage and singing bowl. This is Aaliyah’s morning routine. As soon as she wakes she darts to my meditation corner and grabs one of the singing bowls. I use to fuss and try to deter her because these bowls aren’t cheap 😩. Then I realized that perhaps this is what her spirit needs each morning. So now I show her how to be gentle with the bowls. •I’m also getting better at using my first waking hour to set the intention for the day. I notice when I’m consistent with a morning routine the day flows much better. My ideal morning ritual would consist of no social media/technology, meditation, yoga, and journaling my intention for the day. . . . What’s your morning routine? . . . #singingbowls#morningvibes#goodvibesonly#morningroutine#blackgirlyoga#blacktherapist#sagesmudge
Did you know we have about 30 more mornings left in 2019? Here are 5 things you can do in the morning to improve your health by connecting with yourself, your needs, and taking care of yourself first. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I talk a lot about morning routines in The Method and have since I got into health/nutrition because I know how important they are and how much they can make a positive impact in your day. Morning routines for me need to have a sense of • ease • and • space • so I intentionally create practices in my morning routine that give me that result — from not getting on my phone until I’m fully ready to, to journaling, moving my body, having silence, going outside and spending time in nature, etc. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1 • instead of waking up and looking directly at your social media profiles, emails, Slack, etc., skip it! Instead take the time intentionally when you wake up to do a few deep breaths, connect with your body, and set your own intentions for the day before you let others set them for you by looking at social media. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2 • hydration is key, enough said! Drink filtered water (I have my favorite water filter listed in our shop so check that out and we have articles on the pros/cons of common water filters). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3 • multi-tasking can be good for your health, like when you’re making coffee or tea in the morning, do a few light stretches to wake your body up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4 • journal, think, or talk about 3 things you’re grateful for. Gratitude isn’t just a practice around the holiday season, it’s a year round practice we all can implement. Today, I’m grateful for nature, time offline, and having the space to take care of my needs right now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 5 • planning your day with your top priorities in mind helps you stay on track and when the day is finished you can look at completing those tasks/addressing those top
There’s nothing better than that sense of pride you feel when your head hits the pillow at night and you know you showed up for yourself throughout the day. That despite the stress of life, you kept the promises you made to yourself and executed on what you needed to accomplish to move you closer to your goals. I without a doubt believe that is possible for you. And the easiest way to do so is by taking control of your morning from the minute you open your eyes. What you do first thing sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you start your morning from a calm, grounded place, having already achieved some small wins, you are more likely to make the choices that best serve you as the day goes on. But if you’re hitting snooze multiple times, taking care of others before yourself, and rushing to get ready so you can get out of the door on time, you will feel like a frazzled mess the rest of the day. And nothing good happens from that place. Now you might be thinking, holy hell! 9 things!? You can’t possibly believe I have time for that! Before you dismiss this list, take a closer look. Most of these things take little to no time whatsoever. This is the basic structure of my personal routine, and it takes 20 minutes max. (Most of which is devoted to my very extra skin care routine, lol). I’ll break down what it looks like so you can see it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. I’m not over here making French press coffee, burning Palo Santo, and writing in my journal for an hour. 1️⃣Alarm goes off, I pick up my phone and open my Insight timer app. I mediate for 5 minutes while doing deep breathing. 2️⃣ Journal for 3-5 minutes. Gratitude and intention setting. 3️⃣Make my bed and tidy room. (Outer order, inner calm) 4️⃣Listen to a motivational or educational podcast as I get dressed. 5️⃣Brush teeth and do skincare routine. 6️⃣Drink a big glass of water.
I decided to wake up at 4:30 AM for the month of December and today marks 7 successful days straight!🎉 In Vedic tradition, 96 minutes before sunrise is called Brahma Muhurta and it is the most important time to be awake and do spiritual practice. It is a sacred time to start the day with the highest pranic energy and Divine connection, and is practiced in both Yoga and Ayurveda. I spent the past 2 years in India waking up at this time (even earlier actually), but since I have been back to the US, my routine really collapsed and my mind and body really have been feeling the effects. I finally reached a point where I was re-inspired, thanks to my guru. I just felt the pull to show up for myself again, because I KNOW how much better I feel when I wake up early and do the full spiritual routine each morning. When we have the right context on healthy lifestyle choices, it makes it so much simpler to show up and COMMIT to them.🌱 That’s exactly why gurus are an essential part of the seeker's path: they deliver the conscious context and continually raise us through holding the space and living the cosmic principles. Through all the ups and downs of life we experience, the guru is our anchor - holding us stable on our wild journey until we reach the ultimate. I am feeling so much lighter, active, and energized each day now. I can feel my thoughts throughout the day greatly reducing from Satvic energy I’m receiving each early morning. I am feeling so grounded, grateful and inspired to share this journey with you so we can raise ourselves together and keep doing more of what is GOOD for us, not just what feels easy.🌞 Our mind, body, and spirit take the toll when we don’t commit to healthy habits in all dimensions of our life. Before the new year even starts, I am ready to live aligned and inspired. Waiting for 2020 is just a postponement of well-being; today and this moment now is all we have, so let’s bring consciousness to it 🙏🏻💫 . If