8 Practices I Do Each Morning
You are a gorgeous creature inhabiting this earth.
Your presence has impact. How you interact with yourself and others matters — whether it’s with your family, your coworkers or the coffee barista.
Why not start your day feeling clear and joyful? And with purpose and self love? When you feel really good, suddenly doors open, invitations arrive and your desires manifest.
That is living a life of creation.
If I went through my day with some of the thoughts I wake up with, it would be a disaster. The good news is we get to choose how we live and the smallest of decisions make the biggest difference in our mindset and mood.
The benefits of nourishing your spirit with intentional morning practices extend in to your day, and how you spend your days are what creates your life. When we add goodness in, it compounds over time. My morning practices are my healthcare — they nourish my mind, my body and my soul.
My 8 Morning Practices:
1. Magic Tea
Each morning I make myself a mug of Magic Tea. It’s the first thing I put in my body each morning besides water. It wakes me up and it keeps me healthy. In the 8 years I’ve been drinking it, I stopped getting sick. Here’s my personal recipe, or if you prefer, check out a goddess who makes her own version.
🔮Brenda’s Magic Tea Recipe🔮
Put as many of these ingredients into your favorite mug:
💜Big chunk of sliced lemon — squeezed
💜A few slices of fresh ginger
💜A few sprinkles of cayenne powder
💜A few sprinkles of tumeric powder
💜Spoonful of raw organic honey
2. Ten minutes of yoga
After using the bathroom, brushing my teeth and making my Magic Tea, I move my body with gentle yoga poses. I breathe and stretch the crevices of my body and it invigorates me.
I began my in-home yoga practice ten years ago to work through a spot of ongoing pain. Pigeon pose was the only thing stopped it from aching— no doctors, no medication necessary. I added new poses to my routine over time and kept it up because it feels so wonderful to begin my day with mindful movement. I love that it naturally wakes me up.
3. Inspirational Words
While I practice yoga, I listen to Morning Rampage by Abraham Hicks. It reminds me each morning that I create my reality, that every step along my journey is divinely perfect and that feeling good is my baseline for creation.
Meditation is where I connect with myself and get centered for my day. Sometimes I have a lot of mind chatter and sometimes I hit rhythmic vibrations that are beyond blissful. In meditation, I am able to hear my inner voice clearly. Ideas come to me. I write them down and follow them and then I enjoy the expansiveness that I have created.
I have almost the same prayers I had as a teenager when I started this practice. I speak to God and pray. It centers me and reminds me something greater is guiding my life.
6. Swamp, Brag, Gratitude & Desire
My prayers end with acknowledging one thing that:
❤️ sucks ass (swamp)
❤️ I am super proud of (brag)
❤️ I appreciate (gratitude)
❤️ I wish for in my life (desire)
Example: I swamp that Trump is our president. I brag this is my 23rd published article and writing has been my biggest long held desire. I am grateful for the great relationship I have with my kids. I desire my writing to go viral and make a positive impact.
7. Clearing Out
Just like you take the garbage out each day, it’s important to clear the gunk from your head. To do this, I fluctuate between two choices: talking to a sister on the phone doing a mindful speaking/listening practice or a writing practice that clears out resentments or cultivates gratitude and desire.
8. Today’s Top 3
Each day I write out my Today’s Top 3 priority items. It keeps me focused on the details of my life. During the day, I regularly refer back to my TT3 and BOOM — my life feels handled and I am energized. Check out Joumor’s brand new Grand To-Do app, which is a lifesaver.
So, by the time I start my day, I have connected with myself, with God, and a friend. I have moved and put love into my body, filled my mind with thoughts that motivate me and acknowledged my life as it is with a focus on where I am going.
Resistance is Real
Some days I don’t want to do yoga or I skip meditation or writing. When I want to skip my practices, I focus on how clear and alive I feel afterwards. I change them up sometimes and add play. Sometimes I do my yoga routine backwards or go to the beach and write. The idea is to make it work for you and to start your day intentionally to live a life you love.
There are two 100% die hard practices on this list— I call them my brushing my teeth practices because they are never ever ever ever skipped: Magic Tea and yoga.
Living a life outside your comfort zone requires intention. Practices support you to take risks and follow your dreams. Create a life that fills your heart and soul with health, richness and love. You are worth it.
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