A psychologist, Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi proposed the concept of flow: A peaceful state of mind achieved anytime you’re fully immersed in a fulfilling project. Though this concept of flow, dates back to the teachings of Buddhism and Taoism.
Gautama Buddha declared – “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past,” “nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
Did you know that you can access the state of mind any time of the day, even when not in the midst of a passion project?
Great time and place to start are Morning
According to researchers at the University of Nottingham and the National Institute of Education in Singapore, morning is also when our willpower is strongest. If you’re interested in creating a more joyful, focused, peaceful morning routine, consider incorporating one or more of these morning routines in your life.
Kickstart Your day 20 minutes earlier
Just a small percentage of people fall under “morning people” and we can’t change this. This doesn’t mean that you got to be an ‘early riser’ to cultivate a peaceful morning routine. But rising just a little earlier helps. Set your alarm 20 minutes (or more) before getting on your way allows you time to ease into the morning, rather than catapulting yourself out the door.
Doing 30 minutes or more of gentle yoga in the morning, that’s great. If isn’t possible then go in for 5 minutes of stretching paired with deep breathing can ease aches and help set you for the day. Just make sure you’re stretching is aligned with the needs and ability of your body.
Note: Pay attention to trouble areas and don’t overstretch.
Mindfulness takes many forms.
The choices are always yours, be it spending 15 minutes meditating or use those 15 minutes to sit down to a healthy, delicious breakfast with no distractions. The key is to bring yourself back to the present and taking the time to feel and express gratitude for the day to come.
Choose Your Fuel
Everyone has different choices especially when it comes to food. You know what makes your body geared up for the day and operate at best. Instead of eating regular morning tiffin, take extra time instead to prepare a meal that leaves you feeling empowered. Light, healthy, and protein-packed is best for most. You can also prepare your breakfast the night before.
Pull Out Your Smartphone
Besides being easily distracted by our mobile devices, we can use it for good too! Create a peaceful morning start by forgoing news and social media apps and turning on your favorite beats instead. Or if you feel soothed by the sound of a narrator, turn on an audiobook. If you need a good laugh, play the stand-up clip on youtube. you need a laugh, play a stand-up podcast or a clip on YouTube.
If you need to feel energized, relaxed, or reassured, just tap into with whatever resources you have at that moment. You’ll feel yourself getting into the flow of things in no time.
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