I had a pretty elaborate morning routine. This is how it went (don't laugh, okay?):
- Cup of hot water with lemon, while staring out the window at the ocean to gain consciousness.
- Stretch for about 15 minutes to get the chi flowing.
- Meditate for 5-10 minutes surrounded by strategically selected and placed crystals.
- Looked over my mini vision board and affirmations.
- Inspirational reading for about 15 minutes.
- Journaling for about 15 minutes.
- Tapping (EFT) on anything negative that came up during the journaling process.
Some days, it took me an hour and a half to get through everything. Yes, really. And by the time I was done, I was hungry so I made breakfast and then took a shower. Plus, if I was on duty to drive my man's 12 year old son to school I had to tack that on.
All in all, two hours passed (if I was lucky) before I technically did anything biz creative and related. THEN, to make it soooooo much better, I beat myself up for not getting anything done before 10am and vowed to wake up extra early to cram it all in. I know, WTF!!
How did I get there?
Well, it only started with a few items on the agenda, but as I came across others who shared their morning ritual, I started to take on all their “great ideas” as to not miss out on some kind of transformative benefit. Double WTF.
My come to Jesus moment was recognizing that while preparing for my travel, which was going to fill pretty much the whole month of December, I was starting to have anxiety over how I would maintain my morning routine.
Here are the dumb-ass thoughts that surfaced:
- What if I can't feel connected to Source? (Let me explain here... I can feel when I am connected or not. It has to do with being able to read the Akashic Records as well as my secondary soul specialty which is reading and understanding the flow of energy.)
- What if I skip something and then screw up an opportunity for abundance to come my way?
- What if it causes me to “slip-up” and fall off the wagon of my spiritual growth?
- What if I feel depressed and unhappy during the day?
So what did I do?
I decided that I was going to hold on to meditation, maybe some stretching, and do nothing else while I was gone to see what happened. I figured if I missed it, then it held importance. If not, then it was just a time-suck. I was also going to take those items I felt I “missed” and run them by my soul profile which is my #1 way of feeling internally better when things go wonky.
Here's what transpired:
- The hot water with lemon thing is a keeper when I have lemons. It's good for the liver, plus I have to drink something anyway.
- Stretching is also a keeper. I felt so stiff not doing this every day. Plus I realized it wakes me up a bit and I get the whole benefit of flowing chi thing... soul specialty, remember?
- Meditation is also imperative, but the whole crystal thing? Um, nope. I do like my crystals. They are pretty and I know they represent certain energy. I just put them around my house instead.
- At soul level, I manifest things by focusing on the process, not the outcome. So even though my vision board contained pics of how I wanted to feel along the way, it doesn't behoove me to look at it every day. Same goes for the affirmations. If I am having an “off” day, I will use them as a tool to screw my head back on.
- I love to read, and will continue to do so, but before bed or later in the day when I need some down time.
- Journaling will be on an “as-needed” basis. I found that it was helpful when my head was clouded and spinning in thoughts, but this doesn't happen every day.
- I am keeping the EFT. But instead of pairing it with the journaling, I just started an ongoing list of things that surface. I briefly look at that list in the morning, cross off the shit that no longer bothers me, and keep Tapping on the stuff that does.
Truth be told and in hindsight, my whole mess of morning-ness was simply an elaborate routine to avoid doing those things that were practical (and scary) to running a business. The ego can be very, very ingenious, and fed me all kinds of crazy concerns to keep me stuck.
Now my routine takes a whole whopping 30 minutes max.
Then I get going on content development whether it be for my book, social media, blog, or programs.
There is such a thing as too much self help when it distracts from that which you need to get done and becomes a source of anxiety. This is why I love the simplicity of a soul blueprint. When things become overwhelming and complicated, you can simply return to what you know is true to you and get rid of the rest.
For 2017 I am offering customized readings so whether you need the initial soul profile reading or need your business to be read as it is becoming stagnant, I can help you accomplish your goals.