{ Holistic Health } Creating a Morning Ritual

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Seldom is there silence in Paris.

Except that magic time early in the morning.

Before the noisy folk awake. Before the children scamper off to school, always feeling compelled to yell at their compadres. And, most importantly, before the jackhammers start pounding and clacking in the building across the street.

I’m no stranger to noise — I’ve lived in huge metropoles for well over ten years, first L.A., and now Paris. Which is perhaps why I cherish the rare moments of quiet that I find, most especially through my morning ritual.

Of course lately, thanks to the winter sun taking its sweet time to rise, my morning ritual has been more a moment of silence and darkness. A real Simon and Garfunkel* moment.

I.e.:

Hello darkness, my old friend,
I’ve come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

* Make sure you listen to this whole song. It’s a masterpiece.

 

But it’s not just about finding quiet, is it? That can found in a pair of earplugs for 99 cents.

It’s about finding peace. Inner peace, if you will. An elusive butterfly, that, certainly, I haven’t yet caught.

Though if ever I do catch glimpses of it, it’s during my morning ritual.

Why Have a Morning Ritual?

A morning ritual is all about the Three Ms: motivation, momentum, and mood.

Motivation.

E.g. I enjoy my morning ritual so much that it really motivates me to get up in the morning. (Really.)

Momentum.

If you start your day off happily and healthily with practices that you love, chances are this will carry into the rest of your day, and your activities.

Mood.

I can’t tell you the difference I notice in my mood on the rare days that I don’t get to do my morning ritual. I’m more irritable, and I feel like I haven’t connected with myself or God/Universal Intelligence/Higher Self (whatever), or primed myself for the activities and challenges of my day.

Furthermore, a morning practice is definitely an act of self-care. A moment for you. A moment of preparation, and self love. Most of us lead busy and hectic lives, and creating a feel-good practice in the morning at least ensures that you start your day off on the right foot.

 

My Morning Ritual

In today’s video I tell you all about my morning practice and why it has been so powerful for me. Let me know in the comments below how it grabs you, and maybe share what makes you feel like a million bucks.

(I am really jetlagged in this video, as I just arrived from over 10 hours of plane travel.)

(Learn more: All about oil pulling, how to make lemon water, headspace, Masaru Emoto study, and Magnifique Yoga Breaks.)

Make Your Morning Ritual Your Own

Now, your morning ritual may look nothing like mine. You may find my morning routine dull, and silence deafening. Maybe you’re more Gar-funky than Garfunkel, and you prefer dancing around your bedroom to Daft Punk. S’all good. The most important thing to remember about a morning ritual is that you do it, and that it brings you joy and peace, and ultimately, motivates you to have a fantastic day and feel good. 

Remember… it’s the things that we do every day that create our lives, not the things we do occasionally. Have a think about what you want your life to look like, and what kind of daily practices could help you get there.

P.S. Btw, my personal playlist for my morning ritual is Erik Satie or Debussy… a veritable musical tonic for my soul. 😉

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4 thoughts on “Creating a Morning Ritual

  1. Rose Romain says:

    Love you guys! Struggling to find vegetarian restaurants in Paris!! Eeek

    1. Chloe says:

      Aww thanks Rose! You’re lovely. Sorry to hear you’re having trouble finding veggie restaurants here. I think it much depends on the arrondissement. The 9th/10th absolutely rocks (well Rive Droite in general is very good, except, of course, the 16ème…). Rive Gauche is catching up. Where do you generally hang out? Xxx

  2. Michelle says:

    I love you so much! This is so awesome. I loved this post, especially. My morning ritual involves waking up and giving thanks. Sometimes I’ll awake already chanting. This morning it was Ek ong kar sat gur prasad, sat gur prasad, ek ong car – WOW! I’m so thankful for that! What that chant means is: “There is one Creator of all Creation. All is a blessing of the One Creator. This realisation comes through the Guru’s Grace”…

    Sending love to you lovelies magnifiques!

    1. Ann says:

      Thank you, Michelle! <3 Gratitude is a wonderful way to wake up. And look at you -- Kundalini master, waking up chanting! Starting out that way you're sure to have a fab day. Much love to you, delightful lady. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment -- we love 'em.

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