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The Ultimate 10 Minute Morning Routine

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How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Do you feel tired and exhausted? Do you reach for the snooze button on your alarm for just a few more minutes in bed? Or do you get out of bed ready to greet the day full of energy and positivity?

Imagine if you could follow a simple 10 minute morning routine that would have you feeling positive, motivated, stress free and full of energy! What I am about to share with you will do just that. You don’t have to wake up two hours before you go to work to have a great morning routine. I have tried numerous morning routines and they just never did it for me. Sure, my mornings became more productive, but I always felt exhausted by around 9pm. I decided to simplify and condense my morning routine to just 10 minutes. I now enjoy waking up every morning knowing that I am going to feel fantastic for the rest of the day. Try the following morning routine for two or three weeks and see how you feel.

1. Meditate and Clear Your Mind

Meditation is a wonderful way to start your day and get into the right mind-set. Instead of rushing around your house getting ready for work and running out of the door, imagine instead sitting calmly for two minutes, clearing your head of any stresses and troubles that might be bothering you. Focusing on your breath and meditating for a few minutes will help you to relax your body, calm your mind and feel all of your stresses fade away. I love to use a Tibetan singing bowl for two minutes in the morning and let my mind drift away to the wonderful calming sounds that it makes.

 

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2. Use A Journal

In terms of productivity tools, it is hard to beat a journal. Begin by spending two minutes to read your short, medium and long-term goals of the future that are written in your journal to inspire you. Next, write down some must-do tasks for the day ahead. And finally, get any of your thoughts, feelings and ideas that you have down on paper. Once you start the habit of journaling you will look forward to this wonderful part of your morning routine.

3. Say Positive Affirmations

Saying two or three of your favorite positive affirmations as a part of your morning routine is a powerful way to positively rewire your brain and your mindset. Affirmations are a great way of filling yourself full of self-belief and confidence. Repeating your favorite affirmations for just two minutes is also a powerful way to remind yourself of the amazing person that you are and all of the wonderful things that you are capable of.

4. Read

Take two minutes to read a passage from your favorite book or read some inspiring quotes to help lift your spirit. Get into the positive habit of picking up a book instead of your phone or remote control. Why not share a great quote in the morning with your friends and spread some positivity with the people around you.

5. Move and Get Your Heart Pumping

Finally, spend just two minutes doing some push-ups, jumping jacks, planks or whatever will get your heart pumping. Just a few minutes of exercise will help to release some mood boosting serotonin in your brain. Including some light exercise in your morning routine is also a great way to loosen up those stiff muscles and joints and will have you feeling alert, focused and wide awake.

Coupled with a good nights sleep from the night before, a nice shower and a healthy breakfast, the ultimate morning routine will have you feeling positive and full of energy. I hope that you make the Ultimate 10 Minute Morning Routine a part of your daily ritual?
Give it a try for a few weeks and just see how great you will feel.

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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The Practice of Ho’oponopono Can Clear Stress and Negativity from Your Life

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One method of reducing stress that you may not have heard of before is the Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono. Many of us deal with some level of stress on a regular basis. While it is almost impossible to get rid of stress completely from your life, there are many effective ways to reduce it. Too much stress can cause a variety of negative health issues, these include:

  • Heart disease
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes

Ho’oponopono originated in Hawaii, and translates directly into English as “correction” or “to make right”. The practice focuses on reconciliation and forgiveness by using an affirmation to clear the mind of any negative thoughts and stress.

The benefits to someone who practices Ho’oponopono regularly are:

  • Reduction of stress
  • Improvement in physical and mental health
  • Improved relationships with others
  • Control over emotions
  • A happier/more positive life

How Does Ho’oponopono Work?

Ho’ponopono does not require much teaching or practice, yet it is powerful for getting rid of bad memories or feelings. Ho’oponopono is a simple practice that allows you to release negativity that is being held within you. It also sends out the desire for reconciliation into the universe. This is achieved by using just four easy steps. The steps of H’oponopono are:

1. I’m Sorry: In life, it can be very easy to feel like the victim. We are often quick to blame other people or other circumstances for our own negative thoughts. In reality, you are in control of your thoughts. You are responsible for the negative feelings that have manifested inside. It is not always easy to admit that you have allowed your consciousness to introduce those negative thoughts – and that you have believed them. By saying sorry, you are recognizing that you are responsible for the negative thoughts or emotions that you might have. Apologizing to yourself has a powerful healing power and will help you to move on with your life.

2. Forgive Me: Once you have said that you are sorry, forgiveness is the next natural step. Don’t think so much about who you’re asking to forgive you. Instead, focus on the feeling of genuine remorse as you ask for that forgiveness.

3. Thank You: Gratitude has the power to completely change your outlook in life. Thank a friend, thank yourself, thank the universe or God or whoever you want to. The more that you are grateful, the more things you will have to be grateful for. Get into the habit of being more grateful every day.

4. I Love You: There is perhaps nothing more powerful in the world than the power of love. It doesn’t matter who the words are spoken to as long as the feeling behind them is genuine. Love yourself, your body, the air that you breathe, the world around you and all of the people in it. The power of love has the power to heal and banish any negative thoughts and stress from our lives.

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Why is Ho’oponopono So Powerful?

I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.

So, what makes these simple affirmations so powerful?

You will probably agree that the four healing affirmations of Ho’oponopono are all positive things. When you can don’t have to convince yourself of that, and you just naturally “know” it, it is easier to push away negative thoughts and block out stress by filling yourself with love and gratitude.

Making Ho’oponopono a Habit

Because the affirmations of Ho’oponopono are universally accepted, anyone can put them into practice and allow them to change the way that they think and feel. Whether you use the affirmations as a daily reminder to yourself, or you focus on each of the four areas individually in order to rid yourself of negativity, they can make a big difference in your life. Stress will always be there and ignoring it will only make things worse. By recognizing that no other person or situation has control over your thoughts, you can feel more confident in getting rid of any negativity and stress that might be affecting you.

Start by realizing the importance of self, and how your negative connotations toward others or toward external factors could be controlling you more than you think. Once you start looking inward instead of outward, you can start to re-gain control over which thoughts you choose to listen to and which thoughts you choose to ignore. Always remember, the power to clear away stress and negativity starts from within.

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