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Practices That Restore and Rejuvenate

What's the very first thing you do when your eyes open in the morning?

This is the ideal moment for setting the tone for our day. It's where our first ritual begins.

Every day is an opportunity for a refreshing look at the world and our place in it. It doesn't have to happen the moment we wake up. We can reset at any point during the day. But if we do it at the very beginning of the day, we have that much more time to work towards daily goals that encourage feelings of contentment and clarity about our desires.

Each day offers us a fresh start, a new outlook, and opens us up to every possibility we can imagine

Let's trend towards deciding on what we're not going to do anymore. It lends permission to scolding thoughts, and we don't have time for those.

Developing a habit of dedicating time to each morning to reflect on the present and how grateful we are for the current life we are living by revisiting our fortunate circumstances and goals we are in the midst of pursuing will connect us to the day and all the beauty that lays in wait.

We've all hit snooze a few times too many, it requires us to hightail it through the getting ready to leave the house process in a jarring way. It forces us to condense the morning into a chug of coffee, grabbing the first outfit we can get our hands on and a too quick brushing of our teeth to get where we need to be on time. And on those mornings, it's tempting to allow the tone for our day to be one of rushing, not being present or grateful and ignoring what really matters.

4 ways to refocus on rejuvenation any time of day

Do this in the morning whenever possible. But when it's not, find a few moments as early in the day as you can to poise yourself to have the very best a single day can offer. Our goals are what keep us focused, excited, and leaning into the present that offers us a future we can revel in.

  • Begin with 'Thank you'. Say it out loud and often. You can direct your thank yous to anything or anyone. "Thank you pillow for helping me have such a restful night of sleep. Thank you coffee for already being made. Thank you person whom I love for being the first face I see upon opening my eyes." Being grateful for what we already have positions us smack dab in the sights of reaching our desired goals and rejuvenating our spirt.
  • Reach for your journal instead of your phone or tablet. Write down any interesting memories from your dreams, goals for the day, creative ideas, quotes you want guiding you, and things you feel especially happy about. Even if it's just one word, that word has as much power as you give it. It fuels our fires.
  • Practice. Whether it's a short meditation, breath work, or asana, practice with intention and gusto. If you only have two minutes, make those minutes count. Practicing sets us up for success and gives our brain a rest from the zillions of thoughts that race around whenever we don't let it relax.
  • Set an intention. If touchstones help you, use them. Bracelets and pocket-sized crystals are terrific for this. "I will be more patient. I'll be a better listener. I'll slow down today. I'll reach out to three friends I haven't talked to for awhile. I'll finish my proposal. I'll be outside as much as possible. Today, I'll be the most mindful version of myself."  There is no judgment when it comes to intention. You're the only one who needs to understand how it influences and affects you. Knowing that helps you offer more to the world around you simply by thinking and acting with intention. Knowing what we are doing and WHY we are doing it makes all the difference. It will revamp your connection to your soul.

The beauty of these exercises is you can do them as many times throughout the day as you need or want. It can be in your car, walking to meet a friend for lunch, right before making a call to a colleague, or answering an email.

We all need practices. Denying ourselves these simple yet highly effective pleasures that help us firmly press the reset button halts our ability to be as present as we'd like. Give it a go. I did this practice immediately before writing this and I feel so excited about the day ahead. I wish the same for you.


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