About 18mths ago I read the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and I have to say it had a huge impact on my life. I did his 30 day challenge back then and although I have adapted it a bit I still have my morning routine.
In the book Hal leads you through a SAVERS approach every morning.
I did this for the 30 days and although the first few days were a bit more difficult I generally had more energy, more clarity and focus.
Silence would generally be some form of meditation. This is where you allow your mind to be quiet for a short time, without the craziness of running through your to do list. First thing in the morning is good for this as you are still a little sleepy.
Affirmations are where you say something about yourself as if it is true now.
It generally starts as 'I am.....' followed by a way we want to be.
As an example - I am confident and kind.
Visualisation is where you visualise your life or work as you would like it to be. Imagining you are living it now. The more detail you can visualise the better and you may find this becomes clearer each time you do it. I like to play my favourite music whilst I am visualising.
Exercise gets your blood pumping, gets your body moving. At the time when I read the book I wasn't really able to do exercise so I would either walk or do a bit of Qi Gong which I really enjoyed.
Reading is a great way to inspire you and pick you up, I absolutely adore reading!! I have always been a big reader and love learning new things.
Scribe is journaling, again this is something I've done for a few years now and I find it absolutely essential for me. It was my form of expressing how I felt about things, my space to rant at the time. Journaling for me now is mainly pondering thoughts, which is still useful and journaling will develop and change over time. Sometimes I go back to the ranting :) it is totally ok to journal in which ever way you need at the time.
The routine involves each of these steps and each one is essential and has a purpose. This routine sets you up for the day ahead and getting it all done in the morning means you are able to get on with your day ahead. A change I have made is adding writing my to do list for the day and what I love and appreciate in my life, as I feel this helps me immensely, and I don't do the affirmations at the moment ether. But the great thing is although Hal guides you through his version you really can make it your own. And I'll be honest I don't get up as early as I did during the challenge, but I still have a routine and it really does work. It will help you feel better, more energised and clear as well as help you manifest your ideal life.
Check out the book if you haven't already, you will not regret it!
It is believed by many, that we are all connected and have access to an inner knowledge. This inner knowledge or wisdom comes in the form of intuition, or connecting with our 'higher self', or just a gut feeling or a knowing. Science is now suggesting that we are all connected to each other, like we are plugged into some sort of matrix where we can access knowledge and wisdom.
To me these insights feel like ideas, inspiration, you can tell they are true and good because they feel amazing, they excite you, and your passion builds. That is of course until fear kicks in and tells you not to be silly, that its not possible, that only certain people can do those sort of things....
This is a good example of figuring out if it is inspiration or fear thats talking. If it is intuitiuon it is your 'higher self' telling you that this is something you could do, like a passion. It feels amazing and so exciting, you can actually feel the buzz run through your entire body!
Fear does not feel like this, fear feels heavy, a 'back to reality' sort of feeling. It's a voice that says "you can't". As I've mentioned in previous blogs, fear is there for a reason, and often it is the same fear that will stop you. The mind likes things to stay the same, if you start changing things in your life the mind will seriously resist, especially if it's a big change from what you normally do. The mind likes us to maintain habits. It knows it is safe when it is repeating the same things over and over.
So we have established the difference between fears and inspiration/insights.
How do we access these?
The first thing we can do is stop being so busy, slow down, take some deep breaths and relax. Slowing your breath will relax your muscles and reduce your heart rate, taking you into a more relaxed state. Take even just 10 minutes for some deep breaths, go outside and take a walk. Being in nature helps to calm your mind. Or sit still and try meditating, the purpose of meditating for me is to quieten (not silence) my mind, to stop it running through the todo list for the day and causing stress. If you are still struggling to calm the mind then give it a job, focus on your breathing, repeat a mantra, look at a candle, look at a symbol and trace it with your eyes. You could also listen to some meditation music or hold a crystal.
Before you know it something will pop into your head, it may not feel exactly right straight away but give it a few minutes to sort itself out and your inspiration or insight will be there. If it doesnt, it doesnt matter. You can try again later. You have still provided an excellent service to your body and allowed it to move into a relaxed, stress free, healing state. Maybe that is all it needed at that moment in time.
But I'm too busy!
If you have a deadline, are too busy and are struggling with something, step away from what you are doing. You have become overwhelmed and need a break. You need this quiet space even more!
If deap breathing or meditating doesnt sit well with you, just do something completely different, you will be amazed how the right idea just pops into your head when you are focusing on something else.
I hope you got somethig from this post and please share any posts that you feel help you or may help someone else.