I checked out a book from the library called “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod, despite being dissuaded by its claim that I would “transform my life before 8 a.m.” That sounded a touch ambitious given my penchant for sleeping until 9. I gave the very small book a healthy skim and was relieved to determine that the miracle was not time-sensitive.
So, here’s the secret: you meditate, affirm, visualize, exercise, read, and journal. This can be compressed to 6 minutes or expanded to an hour. Here’s what I’ve been doing:
I get out of bed and sit on my meditation cushion for 3-5 minutes. Then I read a few affirmations aloud….I figured out what I wanted to work on and found some good ones online. I currently say things like, “Positivity is a choice”, “I am prepared to succeed”, and “I choose contentment”. Then I visualize for about a minute, and just think about concrete items that could unfold in my day related to my affirmations/goals.
Most mornings for exercise I do a 10-15 minute yoga routine which fits with this whole endeavor nicely…but sometimes I walk, and if I’m pressed for time, I might just do a minute of push-ups, planking, or jumping jacks. Then I read from my intellectual devotional and do some gratitude journaling.
I don’t know that this is the stuff of miracles; I don’t have any anecdotal evidence to give you goosebumps. I like that it forces me to specify my goals and gives me a clearer understanding of what I want to achieve and how I wish to comport myself every day. My muscles are less sore, I’m more flexible, and I’m giving more at work. I feel a little happier, a little more grateful, and a bit smarter.
Nurture yourself so that you can nurture others – in whatever form that may take for you.