Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Miracle Morning

You might be asking yourself what is a miracle morning? I never knew what a miracle morning was either but I did practice a version of the miracle morning before I even had a name for it. Some also call is a Sadhana or daily spiritual practice. Usually and preferably done in the morning. There is a reason why so many religions talk about having a daily and morning spiritual practice. It sets the tone for the day and like Hal Elrod says "You can get more done in a morning then some people get done in a week." It can seem overwhelming at first especially if you don't know where to start. But, that's why I love The Miracle Morning because it breaks it down for you and gives you a starting place.

The S.A.V.E.R.S as Hal Elrod calls them are 6 daily practices. How and when you practice them might be different than mine. But, I will share with you what and when I do my S.A.V.E.R.S.

First the S.A.V.E.R.S stand for Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise,  Reading, and Scribing.

I like to do my Exercise first thing in the morning. It gets my blood pumping and get's me ready for the day. Plus, then I don't have an excuse to not do it later when I might be tired or if something comes up. I like cardio and my yoga practice. I've been practicing Kundalini yoga for about 4 years now.

Then I like to Scribe or also called Journaling. I started doing Morning Pages about a year ago. After reading The Artist's Way. Now morning pages are apart of my daily practice. I notice a difference when I do them and when I don't. Morning pages are three pages of writing. You write whatever comes to your mind in the morning. Julia Cameron recommends doing them before meditation. She recommends as soon as you get up but for me I like to do them after my workout. I feel like if I meditate (or go into silence) Without journaling I take all those unwanted thoughts with me into my silent time. Unwanted thoughts are anxious thoughts, worry thoughts, ect.. So, I like to get it out on the page before doing my meditation. 

Then I go into my silent time. For me this includes prayer and meditation. I've been practicing Kundalini Yoga which includes A kriya for physical movement and meditation. I usually meditate to the Kundalini Yoga chants. It is easier for me to meditate with a mantra versus sitting in silence. And then I read from Illuminata: A Return to prayer: By Marianne Williamson. As well as study A Course in Miracles.

Then for Affirmations I read from You can Heal Your life By Louise Hay. Sometimes I will read the affirmations out loud and other times I will write them down in my journal.

Then for Visualisation I have two vision boards. I plan on creating a third. I will look at my vision boards and envision my goals. I usually spend 5-10 minutes doing this. 

For the last part Reading I always do some personal development. which is either reading a book or listening to an audiobook. I will do this anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on how much time I have that day. 

I know it seems like a lot but most of these things can be done in 5-15 minutes depending on how much time you have available. Even spending 5 minutes jumping on a trampoline can be enough to wake you up and get your blood pumping and energy up. These do not need to be long and strenuous activities. 

Tony Robbins would run in the morning while listening to personal development and repeating his affirmations as he was running. So depending on time they can be combined as well. Sometimes when I meditate if I am short on time I will do my visualization as well. 

The order is not a major factor either. Some people prefer to workout first others will prefer to do it last. I like to experiment and see what works best for me. 

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