an update on my journey to a meaningful morning
I’m a firm believer in the idea that intentional reflective practices can cause positive change.
The past few weeks I’ve been putting a little extra thought into my daily routines, specifically those I practice every morning. Mornings can be tough, or they can be a delight. I never considered myself a “morning person,” but what was once a harried race out the door into the chaos the day for me is slowly evolving into an open space that exists for my pleasure and connection with God, a process that is making me feel like I really must be growing up.
What exactly have I been reflecting on this month? The stuff that makes my mornings better. Here are a few elements I’ve discovered my kind of morning of renewal possesses:
- coffee & cream
- seasonal scented candles
- a homemade fruit smoothie
- background music
- an early bedtime the night before
The main idea of my centered mornings is that they will set the scene for an emotionally balanced day and a closer connection with God. I am still on the hunt for spiritual formation materials that I can stay awake to absorb. It takes my coffee a while to kick in, so reading doesn’t always work great for me in the mornings. Instead of literature (something I like to sink into in the evenings), I’m on the lookout for podcasts or inspirational music that will set my heart and mind in a calm and gentle state each morning.
Progress is being made and I am feeling better already about my daily beginnings! Thanks again to Lacy Ellman at A Sacred Journey for inspiring positive change with her 31 Days to a Meaningful Morning series.
How do you go about waking up well? I’d love to hear in the comments!