Awakening Transformed: How I transformed waking up in the morning

What has you get excited to wake up in the morning?  Many of us think about the alarm clock going off in the morning and cringe.  I was one of those people & yet, in Groundhog Day style, I would hear my alarm clock go off again…& again…& again because I was a chronic snoozer.  I would sometimes snooze my alarm clock for a full hour or reset my alarm clock for as late as I possibly could or just plain sleep through or ignore my alarm clock.

As I am speaking in past tense, what altered my way of waking up to the world?  I began with the baby step of recording my dreams before I even left my  bed in the morning.  As soon as the alarm clock went off (& sometimes before or without an alarm clock), I would begin to awaken & be witness to my dreams.  I felt so connected to recording those dreams & not wanting them to dissipate in the full sharp rationality of stepping out of bed (What do I need to do today?  What will I eat for dinner?  Who is on my calendar?), I felt motivated to record my dreams in that precious space of half-awakening.

I added non-dominant journaling to my dream recordings.  (I wrote about this in a previous blog post:  https://possibilitiesunlimited.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/focus_grasshopper/ ).  That brought in some conscious & intuitive creation of my day.  What are my priorities for the day?  What is most important to me today?  What would I like to complete today?  What values are being reflected in my chosen plans for today?

My intention for some time has been to have a morning meditation.  That felt like the next natural baby step in my morning routine.  I began with a very brief meditation, following the dream recordings & the non-dominant journaling, brief as in 5 minutes.  It gradually extended to 10 & now 15 minutes.  It seems to expand & contract, depending on how long the other items take & what I feel into that day.

The final item I’ve added is a pulling of cards.  I have a number of different card decks, a Power deck, a Goddess deck, a Self-Care deck, in addition to traditional tarot decks.  I think of 3 items in my day, usually me, today & the evening thing I am doing (whether it be connecting with one of my heart people or going out on a date with a new person), & pull one card for each part of my day.  I have chosen to pull the cards either before or after journaling & definitely before meditation.  (I may add yoga to this mix – & I just realized that I have a yoga card deck, so I could pull a card & do that yoga pose.  YES!)

It amazes me that after 3 decades of not being excited to wake up in the morning, of being a chronic alarm clock snoozer, of burying myself under the covers begging the universe for just 5 more minutes of precious sleep, with these little baby steps of dream recording, non-dominant handwriting, pulling cards & meditation (that can take less than 1/2 hour), I have transformed my morning awakening.

Please comment on this blog with questions, comments & sharing of your own personal experiences of morning routines.

Much love, Jodi

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