Five Delicious Ways To…
…Enjoy A Mindful Morning.
1. Stretch out before stepping foot from your bedroom.
Spend a few minutes practicing some basic yoga poses. Downward dogs. Sun salutations. Or, just reach tall and high for the sky, looking up and stretching out. Focus on how you feel upon rising. How does your body feel in this particular moment? Tight? Loose? Energetic? Tired?
2. Choose a mindful breakfast.
Do you always feel cold in the morning? Opt for a warm bowl of oats, a couple of whole wheat waffles with peanut butter, or some fried eggs with toast.
Always feeling uncomfortably warm? Choose a chilled fruit smoothie, a bowl of cereal with walnuts and low-fat milk, or a breakfast cookie.
3. Be present during breakfast.
Even if you have but 10 minutes to spare, you can still eat breakfast mindfully.
Give a short word of thanks for being so richly blessed with the opportunity to fuel up for your day. And then, before eating, check in with how you feel. Is your stomach growling? What does being hungry feel like to you? Notice how the food tastes to you. The textures, the colors, the feel, the temperature.
4. Savor a cup of steamy hot coffee or tea.
There’s something wonderful about a cup of hot coffee or tea in the morning. While you’re sipping, spend some time just being present. Don’t read the newspaper. Don’t watch the cooking channel. Don’t feed the dog while simultaneously making today’s lunch (been there, done that.) 😉
For at least a few moments, just let yourself be.
5. Take a walk.
Again, let yourself focus on this given moment. Notice what it sounds like when your feet touch the ground. When the wind rustles through the trees.
Notice what it feels like when the sun hits your face. When a gentle breeze whistles your hair into a frenzy. What it feels like when your body is in motion, walking or running along a path.
(If morning walks aren’t a possibility, you can still practice being mindful of these things as you walk from your parking spot to the office building!)
Enjoy the moment.
Enjoy your morning.
QUESTION: Do you tend to be mindful of the moment or are you normally a million miles away? I have to really work at being mindful, as my brain tends to go a million miles a minute with things I need to do, or things that I THINK need to be thought of. For me, it’s a continuing practice. 😉