Yesterday, I mentioned moon rituals but those aren’t the only rituals that I do. I have quite a few which change from time to time but they keep me grounded. I’m not sure about you but my body loves routine and I can go so far as to say that it needs routine. It’s also ideal for a routine to stimulate each of your senses. It’s important to take the time to jumpstart your senses before using them. If not, your body may not function properly and your body can be thrown off balance. Alignment is key to overall health.
I am a music person so I like to use analogies that reference music. So, I like to refer to “getting in alignment” as “setting the rhythm”. For the past few years I’ve tried different ways to “set the rhythm” for the day upon opening my eyes. The “rhythm” can be different each day but as long as it’s in tune with your spirit that’s all that matters. Here are some of my morning rituals which stimulate my five senses.
- SOUND: I wake up to music or play it in the morning while getting ready. If I have time, I listen to a motivational podcast or other audio which is in tune with my rhythm. I have also set my alarm to play a song with soothing vibes and/or a positive message. Great way to wake up. Typically, I don’t need an alarm but when I do I prefer music as opposed to some annoying, loud basic alarm.
- TOUCH: To prep my physical body, I stretch for a few minutes to warm up my muscles and wake up my body before getting up and moving. Nothing major. It can be as simple as taking a few deep breaths and stretching your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and legs. It helps you to notice any physical sensations (comfortable and uncomfortable) and increase body awareness.
- TASTE: Hydration is key. Before or after showering and brushing my teeth, I drink a tall glass of water with a squeeze of lemon or have a cup of matcha green tea. Sometimes I steam water and add lemon. Either way I have something to stimulate my internal organs at some point in the morning before eating anything. Why? I just spent from six, seven, eight or more hours without eating or drinking anything. The body needs fuel. Your body needs to replenish and regenerate itself. Water helps to give it that push.
- SMELL: There are many ways to do this but here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate sense of smell to my morning ritual. I burn incense or inhale some of my favorite essential oils like tea tree, peppermint, or lemongrass. Sometimes I also use lavender oil because it’s calming. I also apply topically by mixing one to two drops of an essential oil into about 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil. Then I massage my neck and shoulders (sometimes my back). There are different essential oils that can be used for different parts of your body i.e. pressure points to relieve certain ailments or for prevention purposes. I also use a diffuser that uses a tea light to generate heat which disperses the fragrance in the air. You can also use your favorite all natural scented body wash or salt scrub if you prefer.
- SIGHT: Lastly, I meditate for at least 10 minutes using a lit candle or a himalayan salt lamp as a focal point while I take deep breaths. Eventually, I may close my eyes while envisioning the light from either source as my inner light. Both are reminiscent of that ball of light within myself where inner peace lies. The light can also represent my higher being and the fact that my higher being is always within to keep me centered. Crystal stones have healing energy, are beautiful to look at and embody the light energy that helps me maintain a connection to nature i.e. vibrating higher. Crystals can also be used during meditation.
These are just some of the practices that have worked like a charm to help me set my rhythm for the day. Anytime I get thrown off I remind myself of that inner light. This may seem like a lot for some. Do what you can and follow your intuition. We really need to learn how to connect to our higher selves more. It doesn’t take an hour or even several minutes. If you only have five minutes it’s better than nothing. If you don’t have five minutes, that’s a whole other problem to address. What do you do to set your rhythm for the day? Do you practice morning rituals?
Love and Light,