morning ritual

The Happiness Explorer

How to…create your perfect magical morning ritual

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Imagine this: the world is still in its cosy slumber, the sun peeks playfully over the horizon, and you’re right on the cusp of something truly magical. It’s that moment at dawn when transformation, unbounded by time, dances on the horizon. But hold up, before we dive into crafting your very own morning rituals, let me assure you this journey isn’t about wresting yourself from the sheets at the crack of dawn. Whether you’re a sun salutation superstar or a snuggle-under[1]the-covers champion, this adventure is open to all.

So, here we are, stepping into the dazzling realm of morning rituals – a space where personal evolution kicks into gear with a sense of fun. Sometimes it’s like a lightbulb moment after a serious case of the blahs, or a yen to flap your wings and soar beyond life’s everyday limits – think relationships, work, money matters and the grand tapestry of wellbeing. Maybe the cosmic wind whispers in your ear, nudging you to be more present, to embrace the dance of consciousness. Whatever the catalyst, the point is to step onto the path of awakened living.

Now, picture this path as a vibrant tapestry woven with threads of intention. It’s not about when the rooster crows; it's about the zing you infuse into your rituals that colours the canvas of your day. Picture yourself as an alchemist, crafting morning moments into a symphony of self-care, empowerment and pure magic.

Speaking from personal experience, I once tumbled through mornings like a whirlwind, tripping into the day without a smidgen of self-nurture. It was a bit like living life on autopilot, no anchor in sight. The shift arrived when I jumped on the entrepreneurial rollercoaster, clutching self-motivation like a compass. Mornings changed. My whole groove changed.

Here’s the thing: each sunrise is a fresh, blank canvas, ripe for crafting your day’s masterpiece. It’s like sprinkling life into a dormant work of art. But here’s the twist – as your canvas takes shape, the world may chime in with its hustle and bustle, begging for your attention. There’s the temptation to dive right into the chaos before even giving your inner compass a pep talk. And that’s where your magical morning ritual comes in. Think of it as a beacon radiating authenticity and self-love, putting you in charge of your thoughts, emotions, and even those quirky dance moves.

Let’s play with some ideas here. Imagine your morning ritual as a trusty charm, a little secret you carry with you through the daily whirlwind. Maybe it’s a 10-minute breathwork session to start your engine, a 20-minute sun salutation to embrace the sun’s vibe, or even a meditative dance with journalling that grounds you in the now. It’s a pinky swear you make with yourself, a moment that seals your pact with your higher self. It’s like brushing off negativity and aimlessness, giving them a cosmic eviction notice.

Here’s the grand reveal – sustainable transformation doesn’t spring from dashing about like a headless chicken. It flourishes when you embrace the art of gradualism. It’s like picking one cherished practice, something that lights up your soul, and nurturing it till it becomes an inseparable part of you. Imagine this practice growing with you, becoming an integral part of your identity, like a cosmic tattoo that radiates intention and grace.

So, fellow trailblazer, take a deep, conscious breath. This journey of self[1]discovery isn’t about extremes – it’s the vibrant shades of middle ground that truly resonate. As you concoct your enchanting morning ritual, remember: it’s not just a dance with dawn; it’s a serenade, a cosmic melody that craves an audience of one.

Lydia Kimmerling is the founder of The Happiness Explorer (thehappinessexplorer. com). For more about you and your relationship to the universe, say hi on Instagram @lydiakimmerling where she loves to connect with readers

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