February 3, 2014Fitness & Body FunHealth & MedicineRest & SleepStress & Recovery
My Morning Practice
I love my little morning practice so much (just a few blissful minutes for me before I so much as glance at a screen), I share it with anybody and everybody who expresses the least bit of interest.
A while back, Julie van Amerongen, founder of the Practice Project, invited me to share my daily practice there. The Practice Project is this cool site where Julie collects the diverse practices of all sorts of smart and interesting people, from health and wellness gurus to business leaders and authors.
She has them describe those practices in their own words, explain why they do them, who inspired them, what gets in the way, how they overcome those obstacles, and so on. Really neat.
So when Julie first invited me to contribute, I was thrilled. And then, I confess, I had a moment of apprehension: Was my short-and-sweet little "morning minutes" routine too simple and unsophisticated to merit a profile like this? I mean the basics are pretty basic:
- On waking, while coffee is brewing but before I’ve looked at any screens or turned on any electronic devices, I take a minimum of five minutes to light a beeswax candle and do something quiet and lovely for myself.
- I might do yoga, meditate, play guitar, pull a wisdom card, journal, read a passage in an inspiring book, or just breathe and look out the window.
- If it’s warm enough and the weather is nice, I take my morning minutes outside.
- At the end of the practice, I take three deep breaths while focusing on my intention and vision for the day. Then I blow out the candle and move into action.
I guess a lot of people must have the same challenge I do — creating even a little time for oneself in a hyper-busy world. Which of course is one essential element of choosing to be healthy in an unhealthy world (which just happens to be the subject of my forthcoming book on Healthy Deviance).
So check out my practice notes, read up on some of the other practices at the site, let me know what you think. And then tell me (as Julie would ask): What is YOUR practice?
P.S. If you want to know more about the benefits of a morning practice, and how I go about mine, check out the "Morning" episode of The Living Experiment podcast — my cool collaboration with Dallas Hartwig.
Let me know what you think ...