Ever switched off your alarm and immediately dived into emails, texts, and Instagram — only to later ask yourself why you feel so frazzled? I’ve been there.
A few years ago, I realized that I can decide how my day goes by simply making mindful choices about my first waking moments. How we begin our morning has the power to affect the entire day. Mornings have an expansive, pure, beautiful quality. I think of morning mindfulness as a magic portal, accessible to everyone but discovered by only a few.
Ideally, I’d wake up three hours early every day to allow for journaling, walking, and conducting tea ceremonies. But that’s not always my reality. In the mornings, I have about 90 minutes to get ready. Although making an hour-long meditation part of my morning routine has been shown to have life-changing effects, even that doesn’t always happen.
Mother Theresa said, “It’s the small things done with great love that matter,” and it’s been my experience that small daily traditions do make a huge difference. So here are my five nonnegotiable morning rituals. Hope they help you add a little loving mindfulness to the start of your day!