Think of yourself as a human magnet constantly attracting everything you think, speak and feel. Now, to attract what your heart desires, stop playing small and bring it into action.
Rituals are considered the most effective self-empowering tools, even if they appear banal and eccentric at times. Ancient tradition understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality. You may have your bed-time and mid-afternoon rituals, but morning rituals are the most powerful and effective in charging your day.
Our energy works on the lines of a horseshoe magnet… which is incidentally used as a symbol of good luck. It’s a divine truth I’ve observed in the lives of others, and experienced in my own practice of Reiki and yoga. We are constantly attracting certain people and things, and unconsciously repelling others with our thoughts and habits.
Transformative morning rituals work on the conscious mind, the subconscious and on the subtle level of the energy body to align us with higher vibrations that resonate with good luck and happiness. Some universally accepted morning rituals that work as a whole to make this process come alive:
Wake up with the sun
Early risers are the most successful in the world. Studies show that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm. It has been shown that sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus promoting more restorative sleep.
I was an ultra late riser all my life until earlier this year. Even a 7am wake-up call would make me nervous. Predictably, I was notorious for being a a late-comer. Much as I tried, I’d arrive late for meetings, appointments, concerts and church. I considered myself a night owl (at my creative best in the night). “I’m just not a morning person,” was my defence.
Shifting this way of thinking has been a blessing. Becoming an early riser has made me more responsible, and happy to be so. I feel guilty if I wake up at 5.30am now (my normal wake-up phase is 3.30 to 4am).
Have an attitude of gratitude
Feeling gratitude is an empowering ritual. When you wake up, say out loud that you’re thankful for the bed and pillow you slept on, the rising sun outside the window, and the life you have.
Start your day by being thankful for the positive things that happened the previous day. It doesn’t matter how small the thing is — a surprise visit from a friend, an encounter with a stranger, or a new work opportunity. See the way this simple act changes the quality of your day.
As this little ritual becomes a habit, gratitude becomes a habit with every aspect of your life. Once you start becoming conscious of what it takes to make the food you eat, the clothes you wear and the house you live — all the people involved in making those things happen on a daily basis — you start being overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude. None of us are capable of doing all these things by ourselves.
Listen to uplifting music
I remember how I used to wake up angry when I was listening to darker genres in the night. It’s not simply about rock versus pop or techno versus jazz. The beat, the lyrics, the subliminal messaging… all come into play in choice of songs.
Be more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning. Music has a direct impact on mood. Upbeat music tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead. Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.
Go for a run
A glass of warm water with lemon (to flush out toxins, balance pH levels in the body, and give a boost of Vitamin C), put your trainers on and pound the pavement for an hour. The world’s most successful people swear by the morning run as being their hour of power.
Without a solid base of physical strength, you can’t accomplish anything very intricate or demanding. That’s my belief. If I did not keep running, I think my writing would be very different from what it is now.
Novelist Haruki Murakami
Begin with the end in mind
Writing down the most important tasks for the day keeps the focus on your priorities. Think about where you want your life to go and maintain a task list that reflects these goals. We aren’t just talking about critical tasks like paying the bills and doing the laundry. These are important, but the list is mainly about tasks that support important long-term goals aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life. For instance, if writing a book is a goal, then one task for the day would be to finish off a page or two of the book or at least come up with ideas for stories.
Read Stephen Covey’s bestseller 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for an in-depth approach to goal-setting by making a weekly plan on paper.
Via #daily-prompt Magnet
(A version of this post was published on the web version of The Times of India)
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