Are you looking to build a spiritual morning routine that uplifts and supports you in mind body and spirit?
Everyone has a morning routine. For some people it’s their phone and coffee, for others it’s getting the kids and yourself ready and for some, it’s yoga or a run or for some of the lucky and or dedicated ones, it’s sitting in quiet contemplation. How about you? Does your morning routine uplift and inspire you or do you get lost in the business or unhealthy habits?
Or is it something that you are trying to create and having success and misses?
Mine was super strong but then I slipped and found myself scrolling my phone instead of my mala beads. It’s not ideal and not what I know is good for my soul, my vibration and my mental health. But I also know beating myself up about it isn’t healthy either.
But now I’m back and I am loving the feeling of EMPOWERMENT I have. The power to choose what I do and the power to say no to the lure of my phone.
And it’s such a great way to start the day.
I really love GETTING UP WITH THE SUN before everyone is up in the still of the dawn.
But sometimes I sleep a bit late and that’s ok too.
My Morning Spiritual Routine
- I do yoga – This connects me to my body and my breath and helps my mind to focus on me internally and externally.
- I do some pranayama – alternate nostril breathing and breath of fire.
- I invoke – calling in my guides, connecting to spirit and the energy all around me
- I chant – 4 mantras that I was given by my spiritual teacher.
- I sit in silent meditation.
Whatever you do needs to be something that you are drawn to do and will enjoy. Something that makes you feel connected and uplifted.
Maybe it’s playing music or dancing. Or maybe it’s being creative.
Mantra is a big part of Buddhist and Hindu religions. They hold vibrational energies that have been amplified from millions of people repeating them over many centuries. They hold codes of light and when done consistently and enable you to access spiritual realms that were not possible without them. They change your vibration and send a message to the universe. There are mantras to different deities and for different purposes.
Sri Shakti Amma says they are the key to your spiritual development and connecting to the divine.
I find them very soothing and will often chant them when I am out on my walk. Or I play them during the day to rise the vibration of the house. We have an Om chant on continuous play in our healing/meditation room. The energy in there is amazing!
Common mantras are:
- Om – the sound of creation
- Om Gum Ganapati Namaha – this is a Ganesha chant and is used to remove obstacles. It’s also good to use whenever you start a project.
- Om Shanti- Shanti means peace
- Om dum Duga Namaha – Durga is the Goddess of strength, courage and power so good to us when you need to develop these aspects in yourself or when you are feeling scared or disempowered.
- Lokah Samastah Sukkino Bhavantu – May all beings everywhere be happy and free
- Om Mani Padme Hum – a Buddhist mantra which means “I bow to the lotus flower of the heart’ It’s a mantra of self-acceptance and compassion
- Om Bhur Bhavah Savaha Ta Savitur Varenyam Bargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodaya – I long one but a good one. I only do 12 rounds of this one, not a whole mala but you have the time or are called them go for it. It is a very powerful mantra.
If these don’t resonate with you then find something that does. Maybe you can use a prayer that you like or a line from a song that you find uplifting.
Or maybe you just create your own.
- I love and respect myself
- Good things come easily to me
- Today is a good day
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Why use a mala?
Malas are tools for your spiritual practice. They help you to count how many times you have repeated the mantra.
Traditionally malas have 108 beads as this is a highly auspicious number. Some malas have the 108 divided into 4 sets of 12 so if you are just starting out you can start with just 12 or 24 rounds and build up to 108. Or if you are doing a really long mantra like the Gayatri Mantra.
And over time they hold the energy of the mantras and help you to connect and drop into a place of stillness more easily.
Choose a quiet place
Finding the right place for your practice can make all the difference. If you want o to create a morning spiritual routine then you need somewhere that you feel comfortable and will not get distracted.
We have a healing/mediation room full of crystals and deities and the energy is amazing, but I much prefer to sit in the garden. I find being in nature really helps me to connect and feel at peace. I sometimes sit at the lake or beach but as there are often people about it’s not ideal.
Some people do it in bed as soon as they wake up. I think it’s a good way to not get distracted by other things because we al know how even the best laid plans can be so easily derailed.
It’s also a good idea to let you partner, children or housemates know that you are doing your practice and that you do not want to be disturbed. If you have a specific time and place, then it’s quite easy for other people to know that they need to honour your practice and give you the time and space to do it.
Make a commitment every morning to your spiritual routine
It’s not always easy to have the discipline to do your spiritual practice every morning. And that’s ok. Don’t beat yourself up if you have a day off or need to do something else.
But you do have to commit to doing it nearly every day. And you will notice the rewards if you do. It will lift your vibration and help to balance your chakras.
It’s great self-maintenance and so worth the effort that after a while it will become easy ad you might even love it!
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