Rising sun through the window,
wild dogs barking outside on the dusty gravel.
A cup of warm chai tea,
made with milk delivered yesterday on a bicycle.
A lemongrass beeswax candle,
with the sweet burnt smell of a wooden match.
Finding stillness in an open book --
In the day, before it begins.
Right when we wake up, it often seems that the world rushes at us with all its demands: emails to read, activities to schedule, meals to prepare, work to finish, things to plan and worry about...
Finding a tranquil moment in the morning is not always intuitive, but it sets the tone for the rest of our day. If we jump out of the bed and straight into the mayhem, we will likely feel frazzled all day. But if we spent five minutes -- even one! -- to create a place of stillness, we could maybe carry that peace with us throughout the day, an inner garden tucked away from chaos and stress.
But how to find that place of stillness?
I've found that tea, music, reading, journaling, walking, stretching, deep breathing, a slow breakfast, even some cleaning, can be helpful. Though it is almost not so much important what one's morning habits consist of, but rather that:
- (1) they are enacted with a certain intentional mindset -- research has found that people engaging in the same activity (even bed-making or toilet-cleaning) can reap different benefits from it depending on how they view that activity, and
- (2) that they are practiced every day -- routines create a sense of predictability and calm, and over time (if thoughtfully crafted) become in themselves a source of anticipation and joy.
What are the components of your ideal morning routine, and what do you enjoy about them?
Thanks to Besotted's Inspiration Rx for its theme of Tranquility!