Photo by Csaba Bajko.
How do you start your day?
Do you greet the morning by hiding your head under the covers and swiping your hand madly around in search of the alarm’s snooze button? Or are you eager to get out of bed and jump into the new day? (If the snooze button is your best friend, I’d suggest Peter’s article describing how he won the battle of the bed.)
And once you are awake, what do you do next?
- Do you start with your morning bathroom routine?
- Do you start with prayer / meditation / reflection time?
- Do you start with an early morning run or yoga session?
- Do you start with a nutritious and delicious breakfast?
Or maybe your mornings are like mine – hectic, unpredictable and often chaotic! I attribute this (a much nicer phrase than “blame this on”) to my 5 year-old and my 2 year-old, who always ensure that no two mornings are the same. Some days they are perfect little angels – they wake easily, get dressed quickly, eat breakfast peacefully and are out the door in plenty of time to catch the school bus and get to daycare. (Yeah, I think I remember the day when it went like that.) Most days they simply act like a 5 year-old and a 2 year-old.
Although I know I could be getting up an hour before everyone else in order to get in some “me time”, I just haven’t made that commitment yet. Instead, I have opted for a simple, quick, yet very powerful morning ritual – my double espresso! No matter how chaotic the morning is, I always find five minutes to make my espresso. In fact, those five minutes are how I create my day and for me, the process of making the coffee incorporates prayer, meditation and reflection. I often joke that because of my heart, the caffeine boost also serves as my morning cardio workout!
In addition to the ritualistic thought process that I go through when I prepare the espresso, there is something incredibly powerful about the first sip. I feel an amazing wave of energy moving through my entire body! It’s not the warmth of the drink, because I don’t feel the same sensation with regular coffee or tea – and it happens instantly, so it can’t be the caffeine. When I raise the cup to my lips and take the first sip, I visualize all of the energy from the earth, as well as all of the energy from the hot tropical sun that went into growing the coffee beans. I imagine all of this energy washing through me and connecting me to the earth and the heavens, supercharging me and leaving me ready to take on the world!
Does your morning routine kickstart your day and leave you feeling ready to take on the world? If not, keep experimenting until you find something that gives you that feeling. Start working on actually creating the day, rather than letting the day be something that just happens to you.