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...
It's true. I'm better able to navigate through my day when I've spent my morning cultivating this awareness of body and mind through mindful movement and/or sitting practice. If I unconsciously begin to react to the powerful messages and interactions I receive through technology without touching in with my inner self first, my emotional and spiritual health is surely undermined, which then inevitably impacts my physical well-being.
The steadiness and calm that develops with mindfulness deepens over time. And a protected time, such as early mornings before the bustle of the day's activity begins, is a perfect time to practice. The benefits are like a good, helpful, steady friend. As one of my teachers, Anne Cushman writes, "It's like brewing up a pot of mindfulness tea, which you can then sip from all day long."
This time dedicated to wakeful practice better insures a relaxed and mindful approach to my day. How about you? What value does your sacred time have? When is your best time for establishing this conscious connection to mind and body?