It never fails: If I start my day without time for wakeful attention devoted to mind and body, I'm more likely to live that day anxiously scattered and full of self-judgement and insecurity about my doings. Creating a bubble of quiet time spent in gentle movement and mindfulness meditation before engaging in any external activity affords me a groundedness and clarity that then accompanies me throughout the day. Usually, my intentions for the day are set during this silent time.
Particularly if an activity involves any technology-related mechanism, if I engage prior to my morning routine, I'm less likely to stay focused on the important things in my life and get sidetracked. There are many valuable and sometimes urgent things vying for my attention and even though I used to think I could attend to it all, honestly, I can't. Not if I want to make headway on projects and tasks that I'm working on.
After my sacred morning time, the first work of the day is on projects that usually entail writing. I attend to these without interruption, which means I turn off my phone and message alerts, don't check email, and by all means, don't check my Facebook accounts!)
I recently read this on the Mindfulness Living Program website...
JoAnn Saccato, MA is an author, mindfulness teacher, educator, and consultant in Northern California. She helps her clients and community discover many ways to create the conditions and apply simple tools to companion themselves on a sacred journey, bringing more groundedness, acceptance, clarity, joy, authenticity and values-based responses to life.