DailyRi 031: My Morning Routine ft. the Headspace App

I STARTED MEDITATING LAST WEEK.

 
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it’s honestly been so cool.

i am generally a super calm, cool & collected person, but my brain isn’t alwAYS A CALM, COOL & COLLECTED SPACE. IT TAKES SOME SERIOUS EMOTIONAL REGULATION TO KEEP MYSELF SO COMPOSED WHEN MY INTERNAL NARRATOR IS DOING A WHOLE LOT, SO PROPS TO ME FOR THAT. BUT I WANT TO DO BETTER & BE BETTER, SO AT SOME POINT IN LIFE, I KNEW I WOULD HAVE TO CLEAR MY HEAD THROUGH MEDITATION OR OTHER THERAPEUTIC PRACTICES LIKE YOGA.

FOR THE LONGEST, I WANTED TO INTRODUCE MEDITATION INTO MY MORNING ROUTINE, BUT NEVER FELT LIKE I HAD ENOUGH TIME. FUNNY HOW THAT WORKS HUH? COULDN’T FIT A 5 MINUTE MORNING ROUTINE INTO MY LIFE BECAUSE I WAS IN SUCH A RUSH TO SCRAMBLE OUT OF THE HOUSE EVERY MORNING. SAFE TO SAY THAT MEDITATION WOULD BE SOLVING THE EXACT PROBLEMS CREATED BY MY RUSHED, ANXIOUS MORNING ROUTINE.

LITTLE BY LITTLE, MY MORNINGS GOT EARLIER & EARLIER. I STARTED WAKING UP AT 5 TO GET TO THE GYM IN TIME TO WORKOUT, SHOWER & GET READY BEFORE MY 8AM CLASSES. SOMETIMES, I WOULD WAKE UP, LIGHT A FEW CANDLES, PLAY A PODCAST, & CALMLY GET READY FOR THE GYM. I REALIZED THAT I WAS ALREADY DOING A LOT OF THINGS I NEVER THOUGHT I COULD DO (5:30AM WORKOUTS? NEVER WOULD HAVE IMAGINED). I ALSO REALIZED THAT I WAS MAKING EXCUSES NOT TO MEDITATE.

ANYWAY, TWO WEEKS AGO, I GOT TO (SEPARATELY) CATCH UP WITH TWO OF MY FRIENDS WHOM I HADN’T TALKED TO IN A WHILE. THE HEADSPACE APP FOR MEDITATION WAS BROUGHT UP IN EACH OF THESE ENCOUNTERS BY TWO FRIENDS WHO DON’T KNOW EACH OTHER (SO I CAN’T ACCUSE THEM OF PLOTTING AN INTERVENTION). BOTH OF THEM TALKED ABOUT HOW MEDITATION HAS CHANGED THEIR LIFE. SO I DOWNLOADED THE APP THAT NIGHT & MEDITATED. FIRST FOR 3 MINS, THEN 5, & SOMETIMES EVEN 10. I’VE BEEN DOING IT AT LEAST 5X A WEEK SINCE, & IT HAS ALREADY HELPED ME FEEL MORE RELAXED & COGNIZANT OF THE THOUGHTS THAT FILL MY BRAIN.

MY BRAIN IS STILL FAR FROM CALM/COOL/COLLECTED, BUT I DON’T DOUBT AT ALL THAT I’LL GET IT THERE.

only love,

ri


WHAt’s THIS Dailyri SERIES?

INTRODUCING THE DAILYRi SERIES.

Inspired by Gary Vaynerchuck’s DailyVees, DailyRi is my daily commitment to documenting my #roadtorima, in shorter form riflections, 1) because writing makes me happy, and 2) i’ve become obsessed with walking in my purpose & drafting a story that I can be proud of.

SO I’LL BE HERE EVERY DAY.