You know that feeling when your daily routine just works out perfectly. Going to sleep at the right hour, waking up before the alarm, exercise and meditation, journaling and whatever else you decide to fit in. Well, that didn’t work out for me today!
Let’s get one thing straight I LOVE my morning routine, it keeps me centred on the track. My creative brain is always inspired by one thing or another so I need to channel that creative energy otherwise it will fizzle out by 12 pm
Has anybody else experienced this?
I’ve learnt to prune my mental branches to allow my creative energy to flow into the most essential aspects. It works a treat until it doesn’t!
My morning routine is a pruning ritual. Once complete I am aligned and on the path. But if this gets disrupted it becomes a real challenge for me. A slip that soon turns into a free fall.
Today, for example, I woke later than usual which wasn’t so bad, I managed to hold it together, reducing the time spent on my reading and meditation. But then the phone rang!
Worse still I ANSWERED IT!
This was my first mistake, The conversation was not helpful and ended up lasting 30 minutes, by which time I was already way past my usual start time. In the past this kind of break-in routine would have been a disaster, I felt the pull of anxiety in my stomach as my carefully laid plans were taken away. I took some deep breaths and centred my attention, allowing me to come back to a calmer state of mind. Lifting to a higher perspective before I took action.
While breathing I realised that the routine itself was not the real concern, it was a fear that I wouldn’t be productive. The routine had become a crutch. I was grateful to see this, I was happy to know that I had a better way to live that isn’t dependent on behaviour, but a choice.
I decided to bring some creativity to the table and combine my morning activity with my evening plans. I placed my training shoes on and headed out of the house for a run to pick up some groceries and mail.
The run allowed me to discover a wooded area behind my home that I didn’t know existed, horses where grazing and white butterflies twinkled past me. I could feel myself reconnect to the Earth. “Where have I been before?” I thought; In my head, of course, thinking and thinking. Now I was breathing, and living, it felt fantastic.
Arriving home I was illuminated by a realisation that my old routine was stale, and I wanted out!
Isn’t it interesting to discover that what we think we need is way less important (and complicated) than what we need? Life gives us opportunities to be proven wrong to create space for a new opportunity to come through.
What about you? I wonder where in your life you have a routine that needs a shakeup? Perhaps it’s your mornings or evenings, or maybe your lunch break?
Just for today, I urge you to break your usual routine and do something else and see how much more alive you feel afterwards.