Seize the Day! In just the right way…
Your daily routine will either launch you into motion or leave you at the starting gate wondering where the day went. Your habits will either have you feeling awake and alive or make you feel crummy.
To get the most of each day, feeling effective and satisfied with your actions, the best place to start is at the beginning. And the beginning of each day is directly related to the 24 hours preceding it. Therefore, routine makes a difference in how your life unfolds. What you do on a daily basis has a cumulative effect on your life and has brought you to this very moment. Either way, good habits or bad, it’s the process of repetition that creates your reality.
Are you content with your reality today? Are there any changes you want to make? Do you feel the need to shift some of your own habits?
By placing healthy habits into priority, you will shift out of busyness and into effectiveness. There are no guarantees as to what life will present moment by moment, therefore, taking care of yourself first will allow you to respond gracefully, rather than react emotionally, to whatever comes your way.
Today I’d like to invite you to kick off your day in the right way with Breath-Body Practices. This will awaken your body, stimulate your glands and organs, clear out the cobwebs in your mind, and nourish your soul. Kick off your day feeling Vibrantly Alive! I like to call it Pranafication – the awakening of Life Force. May the force be with you!
Begin breathing deeply and moving actively each morning, before eating or caffeinating, between 6am and 10am when your body is in its kapha phase and is naturally physically strongest. Kapha also has a tendency toward lethargy due to its downward flowing energy of earth and water elements. Breath coordinated movement will infuse your cells with oxygen invigorating your body into resiliency to set you on your way. When you have eaten early the night before, you will more easily arise after a deep, solid rest ready to seize the day. Carpe diem!
Your Personal Morning Routine – Dinacharya
Preferably before or with the sunrise:
- URINATE. The need to empty your bladder first thing is a sign that you consumed your water quota the day before.
- HYDRATE. Drink a large glass of warm water with lemon to stimulate your bowels as you rehydrate.
- EVACUATE. Empty bowels, ideally within the first hour of waking.
- ACTIVATE. Awaken with a Breath-Body Practice (15 minutes) Sun salutations, a brisk walk, jumping jacks, or any movement that gets your blood flowing and your Prana glowing. Print my 15 Minute Breath-Body Practice Guide, set your timer and GO!
- MEDITATE. Sit in silence, basking in gratitude (5 – 15 minutes)
Next, enjoy a nourishing breakfast that will carry you through until lunch. Calmly review the day ahead. This is when the to-do list comes out and not before! Start the day with YOU. Try it. You’ll like it.
As the saying goes, “The proof is in the pudding.” See for yourself how this morning routine enhances the rhythm of your life. Personally, I have tasted the pudding by developing these practices over the course of time, one step at a time. The key is to begin. Begin now with the end in mind – a happy, healthy day – every day.
Over the past 35 years I have dedicated my professional life to helping people establish and stay committed to their own healthy habits and rewarding routines. I’m here to help you do the same. Seize the day!