I hope you are reading this and feeling well and rested. I also hope you are not poking around in your inbox first thing in the morning. You see, this post is all about starting the day right, and opening your emails first thing in the morning is not how you do it.
Did you know that your mind is the most malleable just before sleep and upon waking? This means you can create new neural pathways with the thoughts you think first thing in the morning. If you are someone who rolls over and checks your email, or social media, or news, before even getting out of bed in the morning, I am going to ask you, no, plead with you to STOP THAT.
If you wish to feel more peaceful, expansive and loving, start your day intentionally. If at all possible, wake with or just before the sun. Take a few moments to breathe consciously and feel gratitude for the day you are receiving. If gratitude practice doesn’t come naturally to you, start with a pause to think of three things you can be grateful for. Are you in a bed? Do you have a roof over your head? Are you breathing? There’s so much to be thankful for, but it can be obscured.
If you have more than a few moments, indulge in silence.
Other ways to start your day right include:
Try not to begin your day focused on your problems, or the world’s problems. There will be plenty of time for that. Train your mind to feel into the ever present awareness that is just beneath the surface, awaiting your attention so it can reveal to you all the beauty and goodness within you, through your spiritual connection to it. You are made of star stuff, and your best access point to this inner wisdom is first thing in the morning.
The Truth is you are whole and complete and perfect, like the moon in its fullness. Sometimes the fullness is obscured, but it is still there. Same for you. If you have forgotten your Truth, you can find it in the expansive, awakening, predawn presence of Vata dosha, who is ready to fill your cup before your to-do list takes over.
I leave you with this mantra from the yoga tradition:
Purnam adah, Purnam idam
Purnat, purnam, udacyate
Purnasya purnam adaya
That is whole, complete, and perfect.
This is whole, perfect.
From the whole the whole becomes manifest,
From the whole, the whole is negated,
What is left is the whole.
Delight in your divine perfection, and have a great day my friends!
Much love, P