I seriously treasure my mornings and the routine I have in place, so I’d like to share a little more about it with you in detail. It seems such a simple topic to write about, yet mornings are such a magical and powerful time!
In the Best Three Months © coaching process, creating a gentle and supportive routine is part and parcel of the practical domain.
First, though, full disclosure: I’m naturally a morning person. For all of you night owls or late risers, please don’t hate me! Thankfully, my husband – who is retired – likes to sleep in a little later than I do so I can carve out alone time before he rises. I encourage you to figure out what works best for your situation because there are truly a million ways to create your day.
During this time of COVID, it seems more important than ever to create personal structure. There isn’t a whole lot in life that we can control, but I’ve found taking the time when I wake up to find my center has been invaluable.
I want to give some examples of how to honor the different domains/realms of life in subtle, simple, daily ways. Here’s how I structure my mornings and why:
EARLY MORNING BODY CARE
Diving into the physical domain, I immediately rinse off my face and add moisturizing drops to my eyes. I usually sleep soundly, so when I wake up in the morning, my body is craving hydration. Right after that, I walk straight to the kitchen and drink a big glass of warm water first thing.
BRING ON THE COFFEE!
I love waking up to the process of boiling water for the French press, grinding coffee, and the first taste of caffeine in the morning. Since I live a fairly frugal lifestyle, I have to admit that I indulge in buying good coffee beans. While the coffee is steeping, I walk around and “open up” the house by checking the plants to make sure they are watered and raising window coverings to let the light in.
Since I live a relatively frugal lifestyle, I indulge in buying good coffee beans. Every morning I can have a new coffee to try because I buy a pound of coffee when I visit new places instead of buying curios in a gift shop. Creating comfort is also a big part of physical domain coaching.
PRECIOUS TIME IN QUIETNESS
To address my needs in the spiritual domain, I go into my home office downstairs, turn up the heat, then light a candle and smudge my home altar space. Almost every morning I draw an oracle card from a deck and read about it in the guide provided with the deck. I have several decks that I enjoy using; the Divine Feminine by Meggan Watterson and Golden Art Nouveau tarot cards are two of my favorites.
Then I spend about 25 minutes doing yoga/physical therapy exercises. One might think that this time would be in the physical domain. For me, personally, with a history of significant physical injuries, I have dedicated the time honoring my own body's need better in the emotional domain.
This is why I love how the Best Three Months © acknowledges how different domains in life overlap each other!
After stretching, I go back upstairs and heat up an eye pillow that my optometrist gave me to fight eye dryness. I use the warm eye pillow, a weighted blanket, and my earphones to do about a 25-minute guided self-hypnosis reprogramming meditation. After I meditate, I write in my journal or bullet journal or do my morning pages for about 10 more minutes to honor my mental domain.
I feel like how I start the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. I’m working hard these days to especially honor my boundaries and build my self-worth, so this cherished time is vital to me.
I’d love to work with you to find ways to nurture yourself in all the domains of life, too! Please comment below to share a morning routine that you find especially helpful!