The morning is enormously important. It is the foundation from which the day is built. How you choose to spend your morning can be used to predict what kind of day you’re going to have.
When our stressed out coaching students whom have way too much on their plates come to us and ask, “What should I do next?” we always start with the same simple suggestion:
It’s time to “ … ”
That blank space denoted by “ … ” is no mistake. That space represents silence.
Silence is soothing. Silence is peace. Silence is divine.
The more silent you are, the more you can hear yourself think, and the more you can help yourself heal. Somewhere deep inside, you already know this is true. Think for a moment …
Have you ever heard the silence just before the sun peaks over the horizon? Or the hush of a country road at sunset? Or the peaceful calm just after a heavy rainstorm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence in the back of your local city library, or the eager pause of an auditorium full of people when the lights dim for the main event, or, best of all, the moment just after the front door shuts and you suddenly have the whole house to yourself?
Each silent moment is different, yet all are beautiful if you listen carefully. The key is to leave enough space in your day to enjoy the space between the commotions.
Take a break. Think quietly. Just be and breathe.
The easiest time to create some extra space for silence, I have found, is first thing in the morning. I make it a point to start the day in a peaceful, mindful emotional state.
Too many books and courses on self-improvement act like we’re robots, and completely overlook the enormous power of our emotions. The less frenzied emotions we have at the start of the day, the less we will have all day.
When we start the day in a calm, mindful state, it’s easy to focus and get the right things done. And that’s where the morning mantras below come into play.
Tomorrow morning, I challenge you to wake up five minutes earlier, read the first mantra, memorize it, close your eyes and repeat it to yourself silently for 60 seconds. Practice this quiet morning ritual for two full weeks using the remaining mantras, and see how doing so affects your mindset.
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