The human spirit loves rituals. Rituals connect us to wonder, to self-discovery, to the world of myths and symbols. They offer a metaphoric means to help us take responsibility for our lives. The ritual process brings us renewed balance, empowerment, energy and comfort. Rituals help us live our lives more consciously. Most importantly, rituals provide a way to connect to our spirits.” ~Jen Louden
☕ Scratch out a few morning pages in your journal. Write down the dream you had, what you plan for the day, how you're feeling, unresolved issues, or if all else fails, "I don't know what to write," over and over again. Chances are, once you start writing you'll find you have something to say. I like morning pages because it empties my mind of any junk lingering around and helps me prioritize daily activities.
☕ Get a move on, whether that's stretching in bed before you hop out, taking a brisk walk around the block, or practicing a yoga routine. Body movement keeps us in tip top shape physically and mentally. The great thing about exercising in the morning is that you don't have to worry about squeezing it in later in the day. I love a morning yoga session for a good stretch and a clear mind.
☕ Before jumping (or slogging) out of bed, imagine what kind of day you'd like to have. Visually create it and if you'd like, say an affirmation or post a note next to your bed that says, "Something magical is about to happen."
☀ Eat a healthy snack to keep you powered throughout the day. Some of my favorites: yogurt with berries, a piece of fruit and unsalted nuts, dried mangoes, peanut butter on toast or celery, hummus and veggies.
☀ Throughout the day you may fall victim to the comparison game. You know the one. You log on to read your favorite blogs or check your Facebook timeline and see all the amazing things people are doing and start feeling a wee bit bad about your own life. Lame! Instead, write down what makes you unique and things you're proud of. Create your own "highlight reel." I've started a monthly highlight page in my daily planner and I write down cool things that happened and things I accomplished throughout the month. At the end of the year I can look back and see all the amazing stuff that took place.
🌙 Use evening time to write out your gratitude list. It can include things that happened throughout the day, something inspiring you read or heard, and all those amazing everyday things like cuddles with your fur baby, clean water, Jasmine tea.
🌙 Want to practice manifestation? Use the time right before you drift off to sleep to visualize a desire. How will you feel when it comes true? What will it look like? Live the dream in your imagination and your subconscious will start working on how to make it happen.