How do you start your morning? The way you start it, can shape the rest of your day. Do you upon waking think, “Oh darn, another day?” Every day is a gift from God. Many people did not wake up this morning to experience another day. What if you knew today that it would be your last, would you plan it differently? Try these 6 ways to set your tone for the day.
We are human beings and it is normal to wake up some days with dread, especially if you are going through a trying time or a transition. If I have a problem in my life, I may wake up and first think, “Oh no, it is still there, it did not go away while I was asleep.” But, then I change my thoughts and thank God for the opportunity of another day. I feel gratitude before my feet touch the floor.
Taking just a few minutes every morning to practice gratitude or spend some moments in silence can shape the rest of your day. If you learn to control your thoughts and allow them to remain positive in the morning before you enter your day, gradually you will be able to control your thoughts throughout the day. It takes patience and practice, but, it works!
Ways to Start Your Day
1. Say a few prayers.
2. Write in a journal.
3. Spend 5 minutes in silence, concentrating on your breath. Inhale and exhale. When your mind wanders, keep coming back to focusing on your breath.
4. Read a daily devotional for inspiration. “Around the Year with Emmet Fox” is one of my favorites.
5. Meditate for a few minutes on a mantra. “OM” is a sacred sound you can try.
6. Visualize a soothing scene: a sunrise, the ocean, or a mountain stream.
The above suggestions are also great tools to use if you have a stressful situation in your day.
I challenge you to try this for the next 10 days and see if it makes a difference. Our thoughts manifest in our lives. Start the day and set the tone with positive, peaceful thoughts. It works!
Just set your alarm to get up five minutes earlier.