We learned the hard way that how we used that first half hour or so that it can set the tone for the whole day. So we’re interested in how people we admire start their day. Mira Keras starts the day with her little girl GoGo making music with whatever is around. Pot lids and pineapples are favorites, but GoGo likes to sing as well.
Patti Smith’s ‘smile therapy’ is great and simple; it is also a pretty common chi gong practice:
“I just sit and physically make myself smile. Because sometimes it makes you laugh, and then you go, ‘All right.’”
We steer clear of the usual Morning Routine Lists on productivity sites that tell us to get up earlier, get cracking, make lists, jog. DO. We prefer to get our bearings and let the day start with just…being for a while, counting a few blessings, “sweeping the dust from our heart” (a fine practice we learned from a friend), maybe reading or looking at something uplifting, wise, mindshifting. We never fail to find it in The Essential Rumi
Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
There’s a morning ritual!