I often get asked what my morning ritual looks like. How do I get the time with everything else going on? Doesn't it just feel like one more thing 'to do'?
Over the years, I've had several ways of approaching my mornings.
When I was younger, it was usually opting for another snooze on the alarm.
Then when I got into my yoga practice, I'd set myself an hour and a half practice every morning before I went to work. I set myself up to fail.
When my daughter was born my mornings sometimes started at 3am and there was just no space for 'me' in that time. I had to adapt, I realised that I could always take a few deep breaths and connect to the moment. It was and an and off practice as I wallowed in tiredness and exhaustion but often I'd remind myself to breathe consciously and let go of the accumulating stress. It was only when I was at breaking point and feeling so neglectful of my own space that I started to really define my own morning ritual. I simplified it down to taking a few moments rest when I could. Longer yoga nidra's when time allowed or friends stepped in.
More recently, I continued along this theme but my morning ritual is 5 minutes. Usually I get to enjoy more but as long as I have those 5 minutes of being totally present in whatever I choose to do then that is my practice.
As every morning is different, I choose from a little treasure trove of things I like to do. It can vary from writing in my journal, pikcing an oracle card, meditating, doing asana, making tea (with total presence and care), cuddling the dog or my daughter if they are already awake, making my bed with complete care and attention or reading from my book of the moment.
I can always get 5 minutes. Always.
Oh and probably most important of all, my phone and computer stay off!
Usually my practice is much longer. However, it really is about those first 5 minutes.
So, my advice, set yourself a realistic goal. What happens from there is up to you but one small step towards a daily morning ritual will set you up perfectly for the day ahead.
Here's a video I made a few years ago with some other tips that you may find useful.