Have you been yearning to create (or renew) a morning practice? What is it? To write everyday, in those liminal hours between light and dark? Meditate, move your body, practice a musical instrument? Make a soul-stirring, nourishing breakfast that you eat as a prayer? Bullet journal? Read poetry?
How would your life be different if you started everyday with intention, rooting deeply in your heart before the buzz of the day began? How would it impact your work, your relationships, your health, your creative endeavors?
Ancient yogis established their practices at the morning when the prana or lifeforce energy is most potent; Frank Lloyd Wright famously got up at dawn to work; Sylvia Plath spent every morning from 5-7 drafting her poetry.
It’s the time of the poet and the mystic, but also the time of the changemakers and visionary. Studies have shown that people who get up earlier and start their day with intention and energy are more likely to be successful in their projects.
Crafting a morning practice roots your day in intention, creativity, and focus. It allows you to begin every day collected and clear rather than distracted and haphazard. It can effect every aspect of your life, and allows you to make big, beautiful progress in small, incremental steps on your creative pursuits and wellness or spirituality practices, and nourish your body with what it truly needs.
But it’s not always easy to craft a morning practice that will stick – to routinely get yourself out of bed when the alarm goes off, settle your mind, body, and heart into something that matters, and walk away refreshed and focused.