Behind the greatness of men and women throughout history, is this secret: The Daily Ritual. Not only did Beethoven meticulously count out 60 coffee beans for his morning brew. Mason Currey in his book, Daily Rituals, quoted this unusual daily ritual that helped Beethoven get into the mindset of composing:
…He would stand in great deshabille (partially clothed) at his washstand and pour large pitchers of water over his hands, bellowing up and down the scale or sometimes humming loudly to himself. Then he would stride around his room with rolling or staring eyes, jot something down, then resume his pouring of water and loud singing. These were moments of deep meditation…
During my Facebook live show, I outlined why rituals are so powerful and important to help us start our day.
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Posted by Challenge Your Vision on Wednesday, August 23, 2017
It seems to me, that morning rituals are a bridge for us to prepare ourselves to be at our best to meet the challenges of what the day will bring.
In their Scientific American article, Francesca Gino and Michael Norton wrote:
Recent research suggests that rituals may be more rational than they appear. Why? Because even simple rituals can be extremely effective. Rituals performed after experiencing losses – from loved ones to lotteries – do alleviate grief, and rituals performed before high-pressure tasks – like singing in public – do in fact reduce anxiety and increase people’s confidence. What’s more, rituals appear to benefit even people who claim not to believe that rituals work. While anthropologists have documented rituals across cultures, this earlier research has been primarily observational. Recently, a series of investigations by psychologists have revealed intriguing new results demonstrating that rituals can have a causal impact on people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
One of my favorite books is The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. In it, he outlines an exact step by step method that changed his morning and his life. You can find it here.
I also asked my smart, wise and generous Facebook friends about their go-to morning ritual to keep them at their best. I hope what they shared below will help and inspire you to create or improve your own.
There seemed to be two components that kept coming up in their shares: mindset and skill set.
Mindset: Some sort of prayer, meditation, gratitude that aligned their focus and centered them.
Skillset: Some sort of movement that got their bodies moving whether it was walking, running, yoga or swimming.
For me I write three pages on whatever is foremost in my mind, talk with my husband, head out for a morning walk on the beach. While walking I do my DMPS, meditate, and then practice speaking about what is most important to me. Once home, I finish with swimming or martial arts practice. Here is what my friends had to say:
Diane: Coffee. Prayer. Yoga. Newspapers.
Nanne: Going for a long fast walk
Robert: Sun salutation
Melissa: Tall glass of water with lemon.., followed by 1 cup of Kenyan coffee
Kirsten: Devotions every morning, great way to start every day
Whitney: A big fresh veggie juice!
Chris: 15 min drive to work silence and review of my grateful list.
Shamana: I like the silence
Drema: Lemon water followed by a five minute focused meditation.
Raven: Oatmeal & working out= a very good day!
Richard: I cook one and one slice of toast for 30years
Deme: Reading my daily spiritual readings!!!
Joshua: Definitely talking to Christine Jeffrey but also doing my visioning and priming for the day!
Robyn: 60-90 minutes in the gym.
Kelly: Loving words and affection with my love then listening to Abraham Hicks then meditation/priming
Gregg: Waking up is a great start ❤️
Becky: Exercise, Affirmations, Visualization, Reading, Journaling, Meditation/Prayer – in that order works best for me!!!
James: Stretching- keeps my back pain in check
Misty: A hot bath
Idit: My kids
Danielle: Ionix Adaptogens regulate cortisol in the body, meditation, power plate or yoga, gratitude list ♥️?
Susan: 5 mile run in 45 mins on the elliptical to my favorites tunes!
Amy: Abraham hicks, meditation, priming
Danny: Prayer and working out?
Jeff: Meditative stretch yoga
Marjorie: Going back to sleep.
So will you create a unique, quirky ritual like Beethoven or come up with something simple yet powerful like prayer? Your ritual can be as individualistic as you are.
The key question is: What will center you, prime you and empower you to be at your best? You deserve to treat yourself in the best way possible.
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