Our morning ceremonies
What’s your morning routine? Do you leap out of bed, fix a smoothie açaí bowl, and go for a run around the Sea Wall? Do you stretch, flex, and meditate over steaming mugs of spicy ginger tea? Or, do you eke out every last moment of sleep that you can, hitting snooze until you’re forced to whip out of bed and whirl off to work?
I used to think there were morning larks and night owls. A strict divide between those who rise with the sun, and those who don’t get up until they absolutely have to. Now, I’m seeing more of a spectrum in morning routines. An ongoing oscillation, depending on how motivated you are to start your day or to burrow further into bed.
I love sleep. I really, really do. I honestly think I would sleep for nine (or more) hours a night if I could get away with it.
But I also love waking up early. I ease into my day slowly, rising at 6:30 a.m. every weekday. I roll out of bed before I have a chance to fully think about it. I shuffle into the living room in my pyjamas, put on the kettle, and huddle under blankets with my latest book. I languish for a solid hour, sipping Orange Pekoe or Pumpkin Chai or Earl Grey, savouring these sweet early morning moments.
I’m not tremendously productive in the morning. There’s no Sea Wall run or gentle yoga; no heading into work early; and no personal writing (though I’m trying to sneak a few minutes of writing in each morning). I read. I drink tea. I rest before I step outside and enter the hubbub of work.
I started last year with a vague goal to read more. There was no quota to this goal. I simply decided I would dedicate my mornings to books. I have a tendency to drift off mid-sentence when I try to read at night, so it was really the only segment of my day that made sense.
Turns out, I love it. It’s my favourite part of the day. Nothing compares to the quiet and stillness of a cuppa and a good book. It’s my meditation, the perfect way to slowly wake up my brain. The bonus is that I read more books last year than I have in five. (Psst! Check out the list of books I read in 2017 for recommendations!) I’ve rediscovered an old love of reading that I thought I’d lost completely.
Not everyone loves this slow amble to start their day. I think you just have to find that nugget that gets you going, that makes you excited to wake up every morning.
… Or hit snooze again. That also works. 😉
How do you start your day? Are you a morning lark, a night owl, or somewhere in between?
Header image by Anthony Tran.