Have a happy, calm morning. Even though I’ve been blissfully retired for five years, mornings are still not my time to shine. Working for 40 years got my mind and body in a routine that included morning mania. At one point in my career, I had to be at my desk, a one-hour drive away, at 8AM.
Mornings can calm and lift us up or drain us. I used to get in my car for the long commute feeling tense throughout my body. Creating an intentional morning routine that calms us is the way to go. Even if our first sight is a gray hairball on the carpet.
Happy mornings start with simple routines the night before.
Most evenings I make a habit of “a bit of sweeping, a bit of wiping.” I take ten minutes to wipe off the countertops and our desk areas, sweep around the litter box, and set out coffee cups and spoons. The more often I do it, the easier/more Zen it becomes.
Now to bed. Sleep on clean fresh sheets and tuck a sachet of Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Soap under the pillow. You deserve a fabulous mattress and bed covers too.
Now it’s morning, and no alarm clock. I stretch slowly for a minute in bed and do a short meditation and/or recite a positive mantra. “It’s all about the love.” “I’m grateful for all that I am and all that I have.” “You got this.”
Here are some of the other elements of my peaceful morning, and I’d love to hear about yours in the comments:
Kiss your partner, if you’ve got one, and say something kind to him/her. “Glad you’re here” is sweet and to the point, or you can get poetic and swoon, like Tolkien.
“I would rather spend one lifetime with you, than face all the ages of this world alone.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
Do a gratitude toast with your tea or coffee. I rotate among hazelnut, French vanilla, and chocolate macadamia coffees, no bad choices.
“Coffee is always a good idea.”
Leave the television off, but play your favorite YouTube music (like this) or watch a short kitten video to make you smile. Here’s my current favorite; I call it “Knuckles The Cat”.
Take a dreamy shower or bath, with scented soap, oil, or lotion. I’m using Dr. Bronner’s peppermint liquid soap in the shower, and sometimes on my scalp. It smells like the good life, all minty and fresh.
“Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.” – Mark Twain
How do you create your calm morning? Stay fabulous and safe, wash and wash and wash, xo
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