For a few months now, I have tried to maintain a morning routine with the intention of setting the right tone to my days. I try to take a moment to be thankful or meditate for at least 5 minutes before getting out of bed. I admit, though, that I’m only able to do it a couple of times a week, because there is always something I “have” to do or somewhere I “need” to be.
A week ago, I woke up to a video that a friend sent in a group chat. In it, we were all 13 years old dancing at a party. It was amazing how I could instantly connect with that moment; remember how I felt and even what I was thinking.
I don't know if it was my awkward body going through puberty, or my smile full of braces, but I couldn't stop laughing as I watched. It was magical.
At that moment, I felt so joyful. I began to think: how can I recreate this feeling? What can I do every morning that sets up my mood in the way as this video just did? I decided, then, to create a folder on my cell phone, full of photos and videos of moments when I genuinely felt happy and relaxed.
And so begins my new morning routine. One that connects me with my inner light and reminds me of all the things for which I feel fortunate.
What I am trying to say with this, is that to be connected with ourselves, it is not necessary to meditate or follow very specific, trendy routines that we read online or in books.
There is more depth in recognizing those small moments where we feel genuinely happy and at ease, acknowledging the fragments of peace we can find within ourselves. Only then we can hold on to them, and incorporate them into our own routine and rhythms in the way that best flows with ourselves!