It’s easy to be pulled by outside distractions as soon as you wake up in the morning. Many of us fall into the default routine of heading straight to our phones to consume a wave of information about others’ realities or expectations. But what if you were to wake up, tune into your own energy, and carefully choose your thoughts? When we focus on healthy and attentive morning rituals first thing in the a.m., we set ourselves up for a successful day.
Mantras are powerful tools that can empower your thoughts and your words. They are quick, simple phrases that can add a little routine to hectic mornings. As a yoga teacher, I use them to kick-start my day in a positive way and harness the present moment.
Be sure to repeat your mantra at least three times in a row (quietly or out loud), and use it in a way that feels right for that particular moment. For example, you can:
- Sit up in bed upon waking and say your mantra.
- Add your mantra to your meditation.
- Repeat it in the shower.
- Focus on the words as you sip your morning drink.
Below are a few powerful mantras to choose from, straight from the Moon Deck, an inspirational tool I created to help align our thoughts with our greater purpose on a daily basis. Pick the one that resonates the most, say it with presence, and rotate them as needed.
"I am the weaver of my reality."
Weaving your reality is a skill that begins on the inside. It’s a creative practice that requires you to be attentive while setting clear intentions. As you repeat this mantra, know that you’re a resilient person weaving your web and writing your own story.
"I am courageous, steady, and strong."
The outside world can more easily divert our goals when we feel stuck. Pause and call back your strength as you tune into your greater purpose. If you’re lacking confidence or feeling depleted, repeat this mantra and feel your posture shift.
"I welcome clear vision and inspired action."
When you know what you want, taking inspired steps forward feels effortless. If things are not yet clear, the sincere act of asking and listening will lead you there. When you feel an inner call for clarity and action, repeat this mantra with total trust that the answer is already available to you.
A little focus in your morning routine will ignite a big shift in the rest of your day, especially when you begin with a more conscious inner dialogue. Set up your new morning ritual and give these mantras a go. Make it a daily practice for the next 30 days, and I can almost guarantee an uplifting shift in your physical and mental posture.
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