How Do You Bookend Your Day?

How Do You Bookend Your Day?

The other day I was having a beautiful soul-chat with one of my dearest friends, Sarah. We talked about all the things that moved our hearts and the practices that we loved that lifted us to greater states of awareness.

Our conversation explored the concept of conscious living - the desire to simplify and declutter aspects of our lives and ourselves to give breathing space for where we wanted our energy to flow. In the midst of all our wide-eyed intentions and dreams, we were limited by time and the ability to somehow do all that we wanted.

Of course, it would be absolutely amazing to have 3 hours dedicated to morning rituals, but in reality, the majority of us don't always have the time to fit it all in before we need to scoot out the door. And what about all those days when we are honestly scrapping by in survival mode and are running on almost empty? How can we begin and end even the busiest of days as mindfully as possible?

Sarah and I talked about how we could strip everything back to its most essential - a concept we referred to as "bookending" our day. In other words, how do we begin the day and how do we complete our day consciously?

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One Essential Ritual For A Mindful Morning

One Essential Ritual For A Mindful Morning

Today, I wish to share one essential ritual that I have been exploring recently to create a more mindful morning. I hope that it gives you something to try tomorrow morning to bring a little more connectedness, calm and mindfulness into your day. 

What do you do as soon as you wake up in the morning, as soon as your eyes blink open? Do you reach for your mobile, switch off the alarm and then proceed to check your emails? Do you find yourself on Facebook or instagram, eyes squinting to focus on the screen, amidst the darkness of the room? 

Or...Do you take a few moments to reflect and sit in stillness with yourself before you begin your day?

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50 Things To Make Your Mornings Brighter

50 Things To Make Your Mornings Brighter

I love the fact that there are so many uplifting, happy things that you can put your heart into during the mornings. So today, I thought I would write down a list of things that you can do to bring you more joy in the mornings.

Hopefully you will find a few things that resonate with you that you can start incorporating into your mornings too. 

How To Create Your Own Mindful Morning

  1. Each morning, ask yourself how you are feeling and what you want to create for yourself during the day. What feelings do you want to bring and cultivate today? Try this simple ritual that I do every morning.
  2. And from this, simply pick 1 to 2 things from the sections below that aligns with your feelings this morning. The key is about honouring yourself in this moment and making these rituals your own, exploring what flows the best. Download The Mindful Morning Weekly Planner to help get you started!
  3. Gradually add these into your morning routine and notice how you feel after 2 weeks. Experiment, play, be curious with what works for you!

For more tips, check out our Start Here page for other Mindful Morning articles!

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My Mindful Morning Ritual

My Mindful Morning Ritual

Over the last two years I have created my own mindful morning ritual. Initially, I followed a very structured approach. It was like a timed routine - so that the completion of it would give me a sense that I had succeeded.

But nowadays, I am learning to let go of order and control, and embrace my rituals from a more intuitive perspective.

I have allowed my morning rituals to transform over time, letting them take whatever shape feels right. I now move through the morning with a sense of fluidity and flow. 

So today I will be sharing with you my favourite mindful morning rituals that bring energy and calm into my day. I don't do all of these in the one morning. Instead, I choose a few  things that I feel would bring me the most joy. For more ideas on how to create your own mindful morning ritual, have a look at my post on 50 Things To Make Mornings Brighter. 

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