5 Morning Rituals to Inspire Your Day

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Have you ever seen the dawn? Not a dawn groggy with lack of sleep or hectic with mindless obligations and you about to rush off on an early adventure or business, but full of deep silence and absolute clarity of perception? A dawning which you truly observe, degree by degree. It is the most amazing moment of birth. And more than anything it can spur you to action. Have a burning day.
— Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Have you ever experienced a New York City morning? The earliest part of the dawn when a not yet golden sky settles over silent streets? Sleepy taxis inch block by block, food stands slowly come to life, all while New Yorkers drift in and out of sleep, anticipating the electricity of a new day. 

There’s something magical about this time of day, like the city is all your own. Streets are empty. A hazy fog settles, offering a veil to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. It’s our little secret – a moment of clarity before the momentum of a New York City day. 

I love mornings; I crave them, really. I try to take them slow: the trickle of a pour over, a slow sip while I ease into the day. 

If you’re looking for new ways to take on the morning, here are five rituals I'm currently (trying) to implement. 

Coffee and meditation

Ok, I know it’s typically tea and meditation, but I’m more a coffee kind of girl, ya know? Meditation doesn’t come natural to me. I have “monkey brain,” so I’ve been told. But with a cup of fresh brewed coffee and the silence of a new morning, I find it’s the perfect time to sit, sip, and clear my mind. Just a few minutes will do, and makes for a nice start to the day.

Write it out

After I’ve (somewhat) successfully cleared my mind, I love cracking open my notebook. I spill my thoughts, things I’m grateful for, jot down goals for the day – or week – and map out how to make it happen. It’s basically my condensed version of daily vision boarding, without all the glue sticks. 

Stretttttch

About a year ago we had an out-of-town friend come stay with us for the weekend. I woke up that Saturday morning, slightly hungover from the night before, to find aforementioned friend silently stretching on the living room floor. Since then the simple twists and stretches have become a favorite part of my mornings. Add your favorite candle and some slow tunes and it’s almost like that 7AM vinyasa class you slept through…(no? just me?)

Hit the kitchen

If you ask any and all of my friends, they’ll tell you breakfast is so not my thing. Who wants to start their day cooking – something I can barely push myself to do in the evenings – let alone first thing in the morning? Now that that rant is behind us, I’ll admit that the past few months I’ve been pushing myself to take my time and make a little something to pair with my coffee. Being the creature of habit I am, I settled on some version of an oatmeal or banana bowl, read: old-fashioned oats cooked with almond-coconut milk, sliced fruit (banana or apple, please), hemp seeds, flax seeds, crushed almonds, and coconut flakes. It’s kind of like I’m back at an LA cafe, but better, because I can stay in my pajamas. 

Set intentions

Similar to morning journaling, but with a solid ask of what you want out of this day. What do you want to accomplish? What would success look like? I like to set small, doable intentions for business and personal. Today success looks like: finishing this article, clearing my inbox, and getting active for an hour later this afternoon. See? Small, doable, and you’ll feel so accomplished at the end of each day.