What is the first thing that happens in your morning?
My guess is you hear your alarm clock or phone going off. Most of our days begin with noise. If it is not an audible noise, we are consumed with internal noise. As soon as we wake up, our mind begins to stress about all the things we need to do. If you wake up late, the mental noise only gets faster and louder.
Getting Up Early
This is why I am now a big fan of waking up earlier than needed. I haven’t always been this way. For years, I woke up just in time to get a quick shower, scarf down a yogurt or worse, a candy bar, and take off out the door. My mornings felt rushed and I was running out the door, often late to my first appointment.
But I have learned the value of getting up early enough to have some quiet moments by myself. A book, Morning Miracle, has helped me schedule a good morning routine that includes a moment of quiet and silence.
The early morning is generally quiet. But I have found it helpful to make sure I have a few moments of mental quietness and meditation.
For example, I try not to check my phone or email until my quiet time. I’m not as consistent as I’d like to be. But I have found that if I check my phone first, it takes longer to quiet the mental noise. So I have my quiet time first.
Hal Elrod, in the Morning Miracle, says, “Silence is one of the best ways to immediately reduce stress, while increasing your self-awareness and gaining the clarity that will allow you to maintain your focus on your goals, priorities, and what’s important for your life, each and every day.”
Silence isn’t just sitting in a corner being quiet. That would put me back to sleep. Silence can be meditations, prayer, reflection, deep breathing, gratitude, and other forms of quiet moments.
My Morning Silence
There are lots of ways to practice silence. So let me share with you what has become part of my morning ritual. I really hope I can get up earlier so I can devote more time to try out other forms of silence.
1 – Water & Coffee
I schedule a pot of coffee to be made before I get up. It helps me get out of bed when I hear and smell it. I usually drink a glass of water, then a cup of coffee. Water great to help me wake up.
2 – One minute of nothing
I will sit down in my comfortable chair and take deep breaths and try to think of nothing but my breathing for one minute. I have an app on my watch called Breathe and it will tell me when to inhale & exhale, when my minute is up, and what my bpm is. I’m sure there are other methods. Try spending one minute of deep breathing in silence. One minute is longer than you think.
Thinking of nothing can be hard. But after you get used to it, you will love your one minute of silence, calm and relaxed. You can even practice this one minute any time in the day that you feel stressed. It’s like a reboot on your computer.
3 – Prayer
I follow-up my one minute of silence with prayer. This helps me connect with God. I don’t know if everybody has struggled with this, but I have. It’s not that I don’t want to pray. It’s that it doesn’t come natural. I often have to schedule it.
Prayer is the most important thing I do all day. But too often I would get to the end of my day without spending adequate time in prayer. So I decided that this would be the first thing I do.
I wish I could tell you I spend one hour in prayer every day. But I don’t. Some mornings are more rushed than others. But I do go through my list of what and who I want to pray for. I use The Lord’s Prayer as a guide. And if I’m really pressed for time, I will simply pray the Lord’s prayer.
There you have it. I hope this will become part of your morning habits. It’s such a peaceful, perfect way to start your day.
You can also read about my other morning rituals at: My Miracle Morning.