Not Just Coffee: Why I love my Morning Ritual

Categories: Intentional Living.

Do you like mornings?

Do you feel like your mornings set you up for the best day you can possibly have?

I’ve never been a morning person. In my early 20s, I had a job where I started work at 6:15am, and I did it, but I was certainly not my best self at that time of the morning!

Us life coach types have all sorts of tools to offer to our clients, based on the challenges they are facing in their lives. But there are actually very few tools I think could be helpful for anyone and everyone.

A Morning Ritual is one of those.

The word ritual might feel heavy to you, if you were raised in a religious environment steeped in “ritual”. What I’m talking about in a morning ritual doesn’t necessarily include incense and chanting, though it certainly could!

I found this definition of ritual online…

“a solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order”.

The Cambridge Dictionary definition is even more simple: “actions are done in the same way every time”.

So, in this sense, ritual is just a routine. And sometimes I use the words interchangeably…though I have come to prefer calling it a Morning Ritual because I feel more commitment in that name. I mean, you can be flighty about any old “routine”, but ritual MEANS something. It also feels more intentional to me.

There’s something truly magical about starting your day with intention and creating a personalized ritual that sets the tone for the day ahead.

For me, mornings are sacred. They provide a tranquil space where I can connect with myself and All That Is before the outside world swoops in with its demands. My morning ritual isn’t just a checklist of tasks; it’s a beautiful blend of self-care, mindfulness, and nourishment for my soul.

That all starts with coffee! The first sip of my steaming cup acts as a gentle wake-up call for both my body and mind. As I wrap my hands around the mug, I feel the warmth seep into my fingertips, and I allow myself to just BREATHE.

I take my coffee upstairs to my Zen Den (a closet off my office where I’ve set up an amazing healing space), where I start with a few minutes of Connection on my meditation cushion. I recently moved this part of my Morning Ritual from the very end to the beginning, and I can feel the difference. It’s like I’m calling out to the Universe, “Yes, please! I want to be Connected today!” Prioritizing my time in wordlessness means it will never be cut short or left out of my Ritual on those rare days when I’m leaving the house early for an appointment.

Next, I move to my comfy bean bag chair and read the day’s entry in How Good Are You Willing to Let It Get by Sarah Seidelmann and pull a card from my new favorite deck, The Wild and Sacred Feminine Deck. These two things bring wisdom and perspective as I try to navigate the world with love and integrity.

Then I do my morning pages. Do you know about morning pages? I learned about them in The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. The rest of the book was too rigid and overwhelming for me, but morning pages are the best way I can get the cacophony in my brain down to a low murmur. It’s basically just a few pages of stream-of-consciousness journaling, but WOW what a difference those three pages make for me!

Last comes gentle yoga. I miss being able to attend my favorite class in person, so I have integrated my favorite (well, my body’s favorite) poses into my Morning Ritual. Stretching and moving my body gently in the morning banishes any lingering traces of sleepiness. The gentle flow of poses helps me release tension, leaving me feeling centered and grounded.

With those vital things done, I can move onto a simple breakfast, showering, brushing my teeth and getting ready for whatever the rest of the day holds. I truly believe that starting my day with sacred time dedicated to myself leaves me better prepared for the challenges and joys that lie ahead. And as my life changes, the elements of my Morning Ritual can change right along with it…I love that!

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to explore the magic of crafting your own Morning Ritual.  It doesn’t have to be extravagant or time-consuming; it just needs to be meaningful to you. Embrace the quiet, find what brings you joy, and create a ritual that sets the stage for a intentional day. Trust me, you’ll wonder how you ever started your mornings without it.

(Want some guidance? Check out my new online course here, coming SOON!)