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Healthy body, spirit and mind are just a few simple habits away.
The Cat/Cow stretch moves spinal fluid and activates communication between the base of the spine and the brain. It releases Kundalini energy (picture a snake winding up around a tree) which is the center for wisdom and grounding.
After this I may take a short walk or re-bound (small trampoline, soft bounce) to move my blood, and lymphatic fluid. Or I might do a gentle, half hour morning yoga practice.
I could be wrong, but this one habit has the potential for making one more organized, productive, and cognizant of details.
My day begins with order, and I face the day with a deeper calm. Just try it, you might find this a time when you greet yourself in silence and do come to enjoy the minutes spent preparing your bed for your next sleep.
Another positive? Should mother pop over, you can be sure she will be ever so proud of you. It’s worth it for that reason alone.
This one is simple. Greet the world by stepping outside.
You might walk through the garden, or stand on your balcony and shout ‘Hello World’! (Don’t worry about the neighbors, they’ll get used to it, or join you in the habit), or walk your neighbors’ dog if you haven’t one of your own, or just stick your head out the window.
It’s all about connecting with our surroundings, and for many of us, nature has been pushed to the background of our daily activities.
Don’t forget about Mother Earth. That breath of fresh air gives context to who we are in relation to the great big world, and allows for the healing that only nature can provide.
This is my newest and most difficult practice.
When I started writing for Elephant Journal, I got in the habit of getting up in the middle of the night to write, as ideas would simply keep pouring into my awareness.
This later progressed to turning on my computer as soon as I got up, on my way to plugging in the kettle for that hot water with lemon and honey.
Being fairly self-aware, I noticed quite quickly that my mind was churning long before I had had the time to greet the world civilly, and I wanted to work the second I was up.
I put myself on an instant electronics diet, two hours before bed and one hour after waking.
It’s not easy, I crave connecting, but I needed to self-correct because I could see the slippery slope of abandoning my healthy morning habits and becoming an internet junkie.
At night, the mind has a chance to settle into a restful pattern and it leaves space for other, more mindful activities such as:
· Listening to your children, partner, or simply being
Your exposure to the blue light of the cell phone reduces melatonin production, a much needed hormone for a restful sleep. Turn that thing off and if possible, leave it in another room.
If you’re suffering from insomnia, you may find that turning off the tv, phone, and computer two hours before sleep will train your brain to naturally crave rest.
In the morning, a slower paced, unplugged ritual leaves room for more productivity later in the day, once the mind has fully woken and is ready for input. I promise less burnout.
Another new-ish habit. I’d read about oil pulling in an Ayurvedic health manual a few years back but at the time, the practice did not resonate with me.
A year ago, after a visit to the dentist, I decided to try the oil pulling to mitigate the effects of the work done to my tooth.
So I went home, popped a tablespoon of organic coconut oil in my mouth and swilled it around for 15 or twenty minutes, spit it out in to my compost bucket, and in the next few days realized how quickly my mouth healed and that I felt somehow better all over.
· Boosts immunity
· Rids body of fungi, toxins, bacteria and viruses
· Reduces internal inflammation
· Whitens teeth
· Increases energy
· Aids in balancing hormones
· Clears headaches
· Clears skin
· Clears gingivitis
I’m not kidding, try this! But don’t swallow the oil after pulling through your teeth, it will be full of toxins that you’ll want to get rid of.
After hydrating well, and moving about, I eat breakfast. Now I know that many people don’t like to eat much in the morning, but for me, missing breakfast means cravings later in the day that signal brain fatigue and then the dreaded carb cravings begin.
Eating protein in the morning is key to blood sugar balance throughout the day. Choose which kind of protein you like, if vegan, quinoa porridge is a good choice, but I eat organic eggs from happy, local chickens and the porridge, or I have a protein rich smoothie (with ), depending on the day and my mood.
I don’t have middle of the day slump nor do I crave caffeine. By eating a good breakfast, I have set myself up for a stimulant free day.
This last but not least habit does not need to be intimidating.
If you’re new to meditation, even five minutes of perhaps listening to a guided meditation or some lovely music will do.
Anything to disconnect from the conscious to the sub-conscious, and meet yourself on a cellular level will be of benefit.
If a pro meditator, why not take that half hour or hour to tap into your inner wisdom.
You might notice that you can handle stress better, concentrate more easily, be extra patient, increase awareness and heart health.
This is a list of possibilities.
This is a list of possibilities.
When your habits are healthy, you have less chance of being surprised by an illness that came about from a lack of attention to what your body and spirit needs.
I see these morning habits as preventative measures towards a balanced lifestyle.
Credits: | Elephantjournal