I’ve found it! The secret to starting a day with hope, awareness, and the feeling of empowerment has evaded many, including me, for so long.
The next three posts, I will share what has changed my AM perspective. It’s given me mornings that begin with growing purpose and strength.
Disclaimer: if you are a morning person, you may not relate to my morning agitation, but this could help you too.
If you are anything like me, when the alarm goes off in the morning my mind fills with dread. Dread to have to open my eyes and put my feet on the floor. Closely followed by Irritation as the light hits me like the sound of nails across a chalkboard. Finished off by the realization that another day is upon me as the demands of life begin to pound at the door of my mind. The hamster wheel begins to turn and the chaos of life forces me to start running for my sanity. BUT THIS CAN CHANGE!
Regardless of how much I have enjoyed life, this has been a constant for me. For years, I blamed myself and the world at large for the negative emotions I experienced about the morning. “I’m just not a morning person,” I would say. I never imagined that there was a way out of this, I figured it came with the territory of being who I am.
For those I shared my life with, I warned each to expect surliness in the morning and to refrain from requests or multiple questions until after 9:00 am. In violating this forced agreement, they could expect a grunt or caustic response.
I rarely uttered the phrase “good morning” to those I encountered. Instead, I would cleverly and quickly quip, “it’s morning”. If you say it fast enough, it sounds close enough to the “good morning” greeting and very few noticed the difference.
But what if I could enjoy the morning? What if I didn’t have to start my day in the negative?
Through a lot of learning, reading, listening, conversation, and experimentation; I found something that works for me. I hope it will help and inspire you to experience a greater RISE through reclaiming your morning!
I have found that beginning my day with gratefulness has greatly changed my perspective. This seems to fight the abruptness of the alarm screaming in my ear to wake up. Whether I am lying down or sitting on the edge of the bed; I focus my mind on one of the good aspects of my life (large or small doesn’t matter) and I simply say, “thank you” and repeat it several times, while maintaining my focus on this aspect or gift in my world.
At first, I found this to be a bit hokey. But then I realized, it couldn’t be any worse than waking up and cursing the day, the light, and the tightness of my body as my feet hit the floor: all while thinking about all that had to be done in the next 17 hours.
Gratefulness has a powerful effect on our psyche. It has allowed me to find joy in so many things I have previously taken for granted. It has allowed me to have a stronger resistance to difficulty and stress. Things that would have drowned me in deep negativity still remain a fight, but they no longer have the power to overtake me the way they previously would have. It has allowed me to find the things that matter and material possessions no longer have the same hold on me. GRATITUDE has produced FREEDOM!
Better than pressing reset, gratitude is a release valve to the pressure we face day in and day out. It is the first step to a greater AWAKENING and a launch pad to a greater RISE!
More to come…