“Never be in a hurry. Do everything quietly & in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” -Saint Francis de Sales
I’ve noticed an awesome trend on social media lately. People are stepping up their game in an inspiring way, making some positive shifts, & really showing up for themselves. There’s no secret potion driving this, no magic pill, no “how-to” manual. It’s really quite simple – they’ve made the commitment to get up e a r l y. I mean, 430-5 a.m. early. Every. Single. Day. With willpower & dedication, they are connecting to their true intention & transforming their lives one morning at a time.
Now what happens in these early hours looks different for everyone, and that’s totally cool! It could be working out, meditating, taking the family dog for a walk, reading, practicing yoga or sharing a coffee with their spouse. Whatever it is, intentionally take care of the most important relationship in your life – YOURSELF! In order to be the very best you can be for your lover, friends, families, & communities, you absolutely need to take care of #1. Our world is…and I cringe when saying it, b u s y. We have too many roles. Too many demands. We live in a high strung, fast paced world where everything is instant. Things are happening so fast, it’s completely overwhelming. Chances are, if you don’t take care of your needs before the day begins, before you know it, the sun goes down & you’re left completely burnt out.
I’ve always been a morning person, & when I look back on specific periods in my life, I’ve felt the most connected & at peace when I’m consistently rising well before anyone else. So, after witnessing those around me totally take on life in a fresh, new, inspiring way, I made the commitment to set the alarm even e a r l i e r. And after days of my snooze button frequency decreasing, I’m thrilled to report that I’m feeling steady & consistent with an energetic pep in my step – it’s truly fantastic! Every morning has looked a little bit different but consistently includes an element of movement & sitting; movement in the form of walking, running or yoga asana, and sitting in the form of breath work, meditation or reading/study. Through initial movement, I’ve noticed an ability to gain clarity & listen to what’s truly speaking to me.
Most often in a yoga class you may be invited to set an intention at the beginning of your practice. While this is beneficial, personally I find my intention becomes clearer after I’ve moved energy in, through, & then out of my body. This creates more space to cultivate a dedicated focus promoting acceptance &/or growth. For me, swirling & releasing energy that tends to get stuck deep inside of me gives me space to connect with a connection much bigger than myself. It is from this place where I’m able to create an intention & direct my energy to what’s requested of me.
Earlier this week, I was able to see what I believe to be my truth. Through my initial movement of a yoga practice focused on back bending, I was left feeling extra expansive & overwhelmingly vulnerable. I then settled into a seated mediation & worked with a visualization technique. Earlier this year, I had taken some time off from teaching & have been internally struggling to find my groove again. All of my doubts and fears have had a very strategic way of allowing me to believe in something totally untrue. I’ve been praying for clarity (Please Devine, take this doubt from me. Please steer me towards neutrality & helping & loving & presence which is all any of us truly are in our essence) and the ability to see past my self-defeating thoughts. As I continued to sit, I felt a gentle push to visualize what I already know to be true and how I want to see myself. I began to imagine myself happily & confidently sharing my message with my students. I began to believe what I was saying & see it actually unfold. It became an out of body experience. I had seen this before. I had been there before. A tear slowly rolled down my cheek & I smiled confidently knowing that I’m right where I’m supposed to be. I’m meant to do this & it’s about time I started believing myself again so that I can help others believe in themselves too.
And all of this before 6 a.m., what an incredible dream…