A few times I’ve read about setting an intention for the day.
It seems like we have one up on people who wake up with an alarm, roll out of bed, rush to get dressed, drink coffee and get to work.
We wake up in the morning and we have time to think. Think about how we feel, what our bodies might be able to do today, what we might have to do, what we might have to cancel or postpone, if we need more sleep and if we can get back to sleep.
The medication that the doctor has given me helps me sleep better and when I wake up now it is usually morning. Waking up at 3am and thinking about the day only gives me the miseries, it has to be daytime.
I lie in bed, gathering strength and looking out at the green leaves and blue sky. I listen to the morning sounds, birds chirping, traffic building, coffee being made in the kitchen. And I assess.
A Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner told me to assess my body when I wake up in the morning, stretch my arms and legs, see what is painful and what my body needs today. Part of the assessment is taking my heart rate. That helps me determine how much I can do. If I feel good but have a high heart rate, I know just to enjoy feeling good and not to push it. If it is normal I know I have more energy to spend.
Now I know what I be capable of, I think about how I want to live my day. I’m not talking about going through a to-do list. I’m thinking about what will serve me well. Thinking about what sort of yoga postures my body feels like doing and what the rewards will be. If there is something bothering me, acknowledging my feelings and thinking about how to resolve it so it isn’t eating away at me. Thinking about if I need some friendship or solitude today. If I feel creative or just need to take it easy. Also listening to what my body needs, what sort of breakfast, what kind of herbal tea and the fuel it needs today. For me, it depends on the season and this time of year I feel like tropical fruits on cereal, like mangoes and bananas. For me, it is about setting the intention of regaining my health and helping my body heal.
Listening to my body makes a nice change from thinking about small things at the office and rushing off to work, my challenge is trying to keep that focus as I start working more.
A morning meditation is good too when I need help summoning energy and setting off into the day with positive intentions.
How do you start your day?