I remember first seeing Richard Carlson’s book “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…” and how he said he would wake up at 5:00 in the morning before the rest of his family so that he could relax, meditate, and just be with himself. I saw this about 10 years ago, way before I was married, and way before we had a kid, but it sounded like a magical thing to do. The question was, was this going to be attainable for me? “I’m not such an early morning person,” I thought.
Well times change, and I am now an early-to-bed, early-to-rise kinda gal. I have loved my mornings when I am well-rested (that is key!) and able to get a workout in, or get work done before the day starts. With the early morning comes a burst of energy and productivity. An eagerness to hit to the ground running.
My issue has been, though, when my toddler daughter wakes up, if I have been working for a couple hours, I am already depleted when I greet her. She is just waking up, but I am already spent.
Earlier this week, I rededicated myself to meditating every morning—primarily breathing exercises. I noticed that when I meditate in the morning—in dedicating my morning burst of energy to self-rejuvenation and self-healing—instead of feeling spent afterward, I have actually deepened my reserve for dealing with the rest of my day. Don’t get me wrong, my two-year-old daughter is quite lovely, but she is also two years old. I’ve noticed that with meditation, I am calmer, more patient with her, that my fuse is not as short.
Taking time to do a breathing exercise daily at any time of day is beneficial. But I believe with the early morning routine that I’ve recently begun I’ve tapped into a wellspring of wellness. I’m going to work really hard to maintain this practice—prioritizing it over checking my phone or doing other projects on my mind.
How do you Fill Your Cup in the Morning?