I pull out my tiny journal.
I close my eyes and take a few deep breaths.
And then I ask myself what I need most today and what I need to offer those around me the most today.
This is how I start most of my mornings — right after that first sip of coffee.
But there’s another part of my Rise and Shine morning ritual that I haven’t talked much about and that’s my morning mantra.
I love to start my day with a strong, relevant mantra that just sets the tone for a joyful day.
When we wake up our mind is open and aware of much more than we realize. We can find ourselves in a state of mind that just wants to shut the world away. We want to crawl back into bed or at least hide in some quiet corner for a while.
I had to laugh at a friend’s wish the other weekend. She said she wants to live in a tiny house. I asked her, “where will you spend your mornings when you wake up?”
She thought about it for a few minutes.
And then realized that she needs space in the mornings.
And I couldn’t agree more. I need space. Quiet. And a real mantra to sink my teeth into to guide me through my day.
In my FREE program, Rise and Shine, thousands of moms are learning the value of waking up as a Rise and Shine Mama — not just waking up. I show busy moms the value of slowing down in the morning and really using that time to our advantage to take care of ourselves.
What we say to ourselves matters deeply — perhaps even more than how we spend those early morning hours.
Every morning we have a chance to get it right — to start fresh. We have an opportunity to seize the day and make it what we want it to be.
And, if we aren’t, careful, we’ll completely blow it with a single negative thought that sets us on a downward spiral. I’ve seen this happen firsthand. Moms who instantly start their day with negatives, drama and shoulds that don’t feel good encounter a day that runs out of control with more drama and more negativity.
If we want a joyful day, we have to begin with a joyful mindset and a mantra is a great way to get that started.
Here are 10 Good Morning Mantras (that will put a smile on your face!)
- Ready. Set. Breathe.
- What a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before! (learned from Brother David Steindl-Rast — my favorite!)
- Let’s do this!
- Thankful for another day.
- This is the day!
- I am ready for anything.
- May I be strong and fearless — and totally alive.
- Soften into this day.
- Seek the beauty in every moment.
- And this. All this.
These are some of my favorites. Do you have your own?
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About the Author
Shawn Fink is an author and family wellness coach for mothers around the world who long to be more present, more peaceful and more playful at home and in their life. She is the author of two books, including The Abundant Mama’s Guide to Savoring Slow. Her work has been featured internationally including in Mind Body Green, The Huffington Post, Mamalode and The Shriver Report. Get more wisdom via email by signing up below.