Mornings can be a crazy time for me, especially when I get up late. I have to get cleaned up, make breakfast, prepare my food for the day, walk the dogs, and also make sure I take some quiet time for myself.
In the previous week’s instalment I promised you a look at my routine for taking some quiet “time out” for myself. First off, let me say that I am not perfect at it. As a matter of fact, one of my spiritual mentors just asked me how my meditation has been going this week, and I had to admit to him I haven’t been perfect at it.
He gave me a great little meditation to do, and so I’ll pass it along to you, along with the other things I do in my morning routine, which takes only 15 minutes:
First, I light candles, and smudge (a practice I borrow from our first nations people: I burn lavender, sage, sweetgrass and cedar in an abalone shell prior to my quite time – it’s a very nice scent). Next, generally speaking, I do the following:
- I read some spiritual literature for about 5 minutes
- I write out a 10-item gratitude list of things I am grateful for in my life this day; and
- I do the loving-kindness meditation that my mentor gave me. It goes like this (I speak each line aloud):
- May I be free from anger and resentment
- May I be free from fear
- May I be free from ill will
- May I be free from jealousy
- May I be free from mental suffering
- May I be free from physical suffering
- May I live in peace
- May I live happily
I then cycle through this list for the following: my teachers, my relatives and loved ones, those friendly to me, those neutral to me, and those unfriendly to me.
I may use this meditation at other points in the day if I find I’m getting upset with someone or something as well. I just put the name of the person or thing in to the meditation, and cycle through it.
Finally, since I believe in a Creator that watches over and guides us, I ask Creator for help throughout the day, specifically for knowledge of Creator’s will for me, and the power to carry it out
I find that this process calms me, and prepares me for the day. I offer it to you as a template for you to use, or perhaps as a starting point to develop your own process with.
Whatever you do, take the time to be alone with you, and to be quiet. The rest of the day will have noise enough: you might as well get what time you can to yourself before the busy-ness starts!