Good morning every day
Recently read an article titled “What the most successful people do before breakfast”, this couldn’t have possibly come at a better time – I was struggling with myself over how to spend my mornings. I am sleeping earlier at night so was naturally waking up earlier in the day. The thing is the earlier I wake up, the better I feel – less rushed through the morning routine of getting ready and going off to work.
Most days one of the first things I do every morning either right after I wake up or right before I leave the house is to say my morning prayers. 5 prayers a day are obligatory and yet it is so hard to keep at it. If I can manage to get all 5 done in a day, then that’s a definite success. Praying is my way of meditating, connecting with the divine, reconfirming that I am not alone in this universe. This may not work for everyone but it works for me and it has gotten me through some of the most stressful times of my life.
Here’s another tip for having a ‘good morning’ every single morning without fail – count your blessings. Everyone is blessed, most of us just choose to take those blessings for granted or not see them because they are too busy concentrating on all the things that is not in their lives. Shift the focus, count the blessings instead of the shortages and no matter where you are or what situation you are in … you will see that you are too blessed to be stressed.
Exercise the other component that I want in my days but somehow I am still being extremely lazy about it. I do breathing exercise and I meditate and I want to work in some cardio somewhere in there…. get my heart pumping… sweat it out… that kind of thing.
I do however think a lot – if that is what one does while sipping a cup of hot tea in a quiet corner of the living room, strategically positioned to enjoy the most of the constant breeze that flows through that room. My favorite mental exercise is to evaluate and re-evaluate my days – the ‘today’ that becomes my ‘yesterday’ and is the foundation for ‘tomorrow’. Just a simple question that I ask myself quite frequently – am I living on auto-pilot? or charting my own course?
Here’s hoping to many more mornings where I will be able to kick my behind in gear and get on the band wagon of getting some cardio done or maybe some yoga for a soothing start to the day 🙂