One of the things I have been working most diligently on these last few months is a consistent morning routine. One that allows me to take care of myself before I have to do a single thing for anyone else or get caught up in the busyness of the day. I believe that routines are crucial for helping us become the best version of ourselves, for staying connected to our inner landscape and living our lives from a content and happy place.
I had been doing well for several months and was starting to reap the benefits of consistency. More energy, less tension and stress, more emotional capacity to give to my family, more connection and presence with my students and business, even feeling like I could return to my 50 mile training with enthusiasm. Yep, consistency is key to progress.
Then I went out of town for yoga therapy training, which is already draining for me, and like many who suffer from the condition of humanity, allowed my routine to get disrupted. It was too easy to sleep later and skip all but the basics. Then I got to play in the mountains and I told myself I was "on vacation" (never mind that I managed to keep up my routine while out of town during spring break). It was no surprise that when I returned, I found it difficult to return to my routine. I remained resistant, lethargic and depressed long past an acceptable amount of time to return to reality from my trip. I realized the fog wasn't lifting. I would set my alarm over and over and over and over I would return to bed, not getting up until I absolutely had to. I missed the time I used to have for nurturing myself but I couldn't seem to get it back. About to hit the one-month mark of my return from training and vacation, I knew I had to find a babystep to take that would bring me forward in a different direction. But what?
I believe based on my experiences that when we are truly ready what we are looking for arrives, whether it's a teacher, a friend, a partner, a new idea, or a step to take forward. Apparently, I was ready as mine arrived in the form of a book as I was scrolling through my kindle list. I had bought it on sale many months ago after a friend of mine raved about how it had helped her (Thanks Labrie!). I opened it up and started reading. The very next day it arrived again in my inbox on sale, which seemed like a meaningful coincidence so I continued reading.
The book is called, The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod. Sometimes just reading the motivational words of others is enough to lift you up but motivational words plus concrete things you can actually try on for size are golden. Many of his suggestions were already part of my old morning routine and some are new and novel enough I'd like to try them to see what happens. He encourages accountability partners for a 30 day challenge so if anyone reading this grabs his book and wants to give it a try, I'd be happy to help support you.
I just finished the book and haven't finalized everything my morning routine will include. However, it's empowering to see a path forward and I'm looking forward to the experiment.
And this morning when my alarm went off, I got up. It's a start.