My Morning Ritual
Today’s blog is about the one person, the one most important person in your life, that is yourself. With the beginning of 2020 I formed a morning ritual which helps me to focus my energy and connect with myself. I’ve learned and adopted strategies from Kathi Hönig and other inspirational people and customized my very own morning ritual. When I wake up I need a whole hour of peace, silence and meditation before I’m ready to interact. The ritual consists of 7 small steps, that have a big impact on my overall wellbeing. It is not the big decisions that change our life permanently, it is the small decisions we make every day. Changing these small decisions, one by one, towards our goal, we will find ourself in a better place after some time. It may sound like a lot at first but it sets the tone for the day. Very important throughout my routine: No Social Media. No Internet. I only open the Laptop for my favorite Meditations and a workout.
When I wake up my mind wants to take over and stress me out with my To Do list. So I take a few minutes to appreciate the new day and be grateful that I actually woke up. I take some deep breaths and only when the feeling of gratitude has spread through my body do I get up.
1. Cleaning my Tongue. I use an ayurvedic tongue cleaner and it is literally the first thing I do after waking up because during sleeping hours our body detoxes and pollutants are deposited on the tongue and in the oral cavity. If we drink a coffee first thing in the morning, we will take everything back in.
2. Oil pulling. After brushing my tongue, I pull oil for 10-15 min. Meanwhile, I prepare my detox shakes, take out the supplements, or just sit there doing nothing. Moving the oil in my mouth. 🙂
3. Water & Detox Shakes. One of the best ways to stop feeling foggy in the morning and generate energy, is to drink enough water. I drink 3- 4 glasses of lukewarm water with the following ingredients:
a) Glass of water with Psyllium husk and healing earth to activate my intestine activities
b) Glass of water with lemon juice, unfiltered cider vinegar, turmeric and cinnamon to help my body create a basic milieu and strenghten my immune system
b) Glass of water to protect the teeth from the lemon juice / you can also drink b) with a straw but I prefer it this way
c ) Glass of water with supplements: Vitamin D3 + K2, Omega 3, Antioxidants,
d ) Glass of water with nettles capsules, barley grass juice or a probiotic, this step is optional I don’t do it everyday
At this point it is important to mention that it is best to discuss your supplements with a medical professional. Every individual has different needs, so get a CBC and find out what is right for you individually.. 🙂
5. Meditation. It has become such an important part of my routine. It is now unimaginable for me to start my day without meditating. I am just there. Existing, breathing, connecting, practicing mindfulness; I watch my train of thoughts, and it is the best feedback I can get about myself and what is going on with my life. Sometimes I feel depressed because it is time to let go of something, sometimes I feel sad because it is time to forgive. In my meditation these themes become clear and I can dedicate myself to healing and align myself with them. My meditation is a little ritual in itself. I light a beeswax candle and Palo Santo, listen to meditation sounds and drink my coffee. I love the relaxed mood this creates as the scent of the wood has a stress-relieving and emotionally balancing effect, so that Palo Santo is very popular for meditation. When it comes to Palo Santo, please make sure to use only wood from fallen trees from sustainable cultivation. I order from Mein Palo Santo, where only the wood of the tree „Bursera Graveolens“ is offered. This tree species is not endangered and is not on the red list. Furthermore, the tree must die on its own and be left in the wild for at least 3 years. Their products come directly from the producer in Ecuador.
When my mind is calm, I start a guided meditation. For those of you who are not into meditation yet, I can recommend the series Headspace Guide to Mediation on Netflix with Andy Puddicombe, the founder of Headspace. By the way, Andy Puddicombe also guides me in my running app, so every run becomes a wonderful meditation. Today, I always make time for meditation, prayer and bible studies.
4. Movement. We wake up in the morning because our brain releases the stress hormone cortisol. That means in the morning we actually have stress in our blood and if we reduce this level, we will be more relaxed and above all, more stress-resistant throughout the day. That’s why I always do a moving session in the morning. I trust my intuition and listen to my body to decide every day which movements are good for me. Sometimes it’s a morning run or a HIIT workout, other days it’s a yoga flow, an intuitive dance or a stretching session.
I likethis 8 minute HIIT work out by Kathi Honig:
On days my body asks for a gentler program: I dedicate myself to this yoga flow by Mady Morrison:
6. Shower & Brush. After sport and meditation I jump under the warm shower and brush my body with a wooden brush in the direction of the lymph. This helps the body detoxify.
7. Cold shower. The last step of my morning routine is the cold shower. Brrrr. This challenge always takes something of an effort. I see it as the first one of the many small challenges that I encounter during the day. If I check the box here, I don’t want to interrupt my flow throughout the day. When I leave the shower I smile at myself in the mirror. 🙂
I hope you can take something out of it! If you have any questions, please write them in the comments. 🙂
photos by Shetty Karthik