Perfect Mornings


It can feel hard to carve out 30 minutes of “me” time in the morning. Particularly in the winter, when it can feel like the perfect morning is staying glued to the bed. It reminds me of the old Folgers commercial. “the best part of waking up…” wasn’t just drinking the coffee. It was about the smell. On this journey of perfect mornings, today is about the nose.

Find ways to add wonderful smells to your morning. Maybe it’s a cup of tea or oil diffuser. Body wash or lotion purchased just because of smell not because they are necessities. Candles, potpourri, or just good old flowers. It doesn’t matter what you use so long as it works for you. Take 5 minutes (or however long you like) to breathe deep slow breaths. Really pay attention to fully inhaling and exhaling. Even after you’re done with the exercise, the smell will be there lingering in the background, helping to bolster the day.it_smell_good_img01

The effects of aromatherapy and deep breathing are very centering and calming. This is practice can be done anywhere you can take your smell with you. Small vials can be purchased to carry a small amount of a smelly-good with you. Managing, nourishing, and recharging your energy is the best way to stay ahead of stress and illness.

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Stone Sitting

How was your morning? I like to do a little breathing meditation in the morning with beautiful stones. I have a thing for stones. I love their vibration, their colors, the way they will hold the heat of sun or fire. I love how stones are always cool to the touch. I love to read about the different vibrations and attributes of different stones.

So what is stone sitting?  I mediate with stones. I love the quiet presence of a good stone. I place a stone or some in my lap, against my chest, the palm of my hand, any body part, or around me like the base of a pyramid. There is no right or wrong way. If you like a stone’s attributes, you can make that a part of your reflections. If the stone is small enough you can put it in your purse or pocket to bring you back to a place of peace throughout the day.

Don’t limit your self to just stones you can hold and carry with you. In the warmer months, I like to find a large outcropping, rock, or boulder to sit on or near. This is especially awesome on a warm day. It quickly can turn into stone napping.

By the way, you can do this with flowers, candles, trees, kittens or anything else that brings you a deep-seated peace. It doesn’t matter.  It only matters that you give your body, mind, and spirit an opportunity to recharge. #getpoked

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Perfect Mornings

Perfect Mornings 

What’s a perfect morning for you?  Do you know? I don’t mean all the things you wish wouldn’t happen. What are the things you wish would happen? For me it’s:

  • Sleeping in
  • Tea
  • Stone meditation
  • Walking meditation
  • Calisthenics
  • Time to cuddle with my family
  • Breakfast
  • Acupuncture

Why is it important? How you start your day greatly impacts your mood and well being. Starting off each day hungry, tired, angry, rushed, and feeling generally out of sorts is no way to live. This leads to feeling stressed out, overwhelmed, burned out, anxious, and will eventually rob you of your health and vitality. Especially if you factor in that most people have draining jobs and home lives.manage-your-energy-min

You can’t have a perfect morning every morning. But you can cultivate good habits that in time turn into ways to recharge your batteries. Trying to leave recharging to just the weekends is folly. If you think about the amount of daily maintenance you require (food, shower, oral hygiene, exercise, personal grooming) pushed to only one day a week… you get the idea.

In 2017, as you think over your resolutions to be a new and better you, I have a challenge. I challenge you to think of new and better ways to be kind to your self and give yourself daily care. Find ways to recharge your batteries daily so that you can accomplish your goals. It doesn’t matter if the morning or self-care is perfect. Only that you try to do something every day. Give yourself the gift of regular bodywork, acupuncture, and perfect mornings instead of fad diets, new pills, or potions. #getpoked.