Simple changes to your morning routine can bring more balance, joy and peace into your life. In this story we take a look at what you first see and hear in the morning ...
I dreamed of mountains, I dreamed of sea. I found myself in Lesvos, Greece. I've stepped out from reality and into a world where it seems time has stood still. Everything moves at a gentler, slower pace here in Skalochori - I move at a gentler, slower place.
Even the goats in the street. Even the sheep. People smile as you pass. "Yasou", the women wave, the men nod. The village plumber's wife brings us risogalo straight from her kitchen.
It's warm and sweet and the custard slips down your throat like a satin sheet slipping from your bed.
Nikos the baker holds up a sesame bread-stick with two hands stretched out toward me, he smiles, his eyes sparkle and he says, "This is for the goritsi" - the girl.
I've gone back in time. I'm a girl again. This is wonderful. It's morning. Church bells ring across the valley and wooden wind-chimes join the birdsong gently prodding me awake. But I won't have it... just five more minutes please, let me sleep a moment longer.
Let me finish my dream.
Open Your Eyes To Something Beautiful ...
Like a blossom outside your window
I know what it's like to wake-up to a 6.00 AM alarm. Beep, beep, beep. Press snooze for fifteen minutes. Snooze again.
I'd sit up in bed, face a beige wall and sigh in dread before jumping out of bed, frantic. I'd throw down a coffee, get dressed in my suit, grab a slice of toast with Vegemite and then I was out the door to face the bumper traffic.
I dreamed of a slower, more deliberate morning, but it just seemed so unattainable at the time. My life has changed so much since those exhausting days.
Big dreams are arrived at through small steps. One of the first things that needed to change was the way I did mornings, because the first thing you experience, when you open your eyes can set the tone for your day.
One small change I made, that made a great impact, was to make sure I rise to something beautiful. If it can't be a view of the ocean, or the valley of a mountain, could it be your favourite flower, a piece of art or a photograph? Instead of an alarm, do you have a song or a sound that can help you rise with a good mood?
What's the first thing you see in the morning? What's the first thing you hear? Can you make one small adjustment to create a more pleasure experience for yourself?
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My morning has always been lazy. I’ll try to follow your tips.
What a lovely post. I so enjoyed the description of your dream. And I love this idea about being sure to wake up to something beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing!
Yes it is very important to wake up fresh and ready to start the day. I will be more aware of what I hear and see; I do try to take out 5-10 min for brief prayer/ reflection in the morning since last few months.
I think it is interesting when people hit the snooze button, I have never done that, but my husband is a set the alarm ahead and hit snooze several times in the morning. That is too much math for me in the mornings, LOL!
What a beautiful way to wake up. Hmm, Lesvos. Your storytelling was elegant and imaginative too.
Thank you xoxo
Normally the slightest sound wakes me in the morning and if no sound wakes me I still wake around the same time (before the alarm goes off)
I use alarm clocks, but am usually up before it even rings. The first thing I seee and pay attention to is my phone and I think its about time I change that. Great post.
I can’t use the alarm clocks, indeed it is useless to set them because if I know I have to get up at a certain time I wake up alone.
It’s funny that you mention alarms. My husband usually wakes me up because I don’t hear his alarm (roosters are just background noise to this country girl). My alarm for when he’s not home is a song that I love to dance to. It wakes me right up and I’m in a happy mood.