Walter Mosley writes, “Every day we wake up is a good day. Every breath that we take is filled with hope for a better day, Every word that we speak is a chance to change what is bad into something good.” If you are waking up dreading the day, worried about the hours ahead of you and already wishing you could be done with it and back in bed, well, that’s a problem. The first thing we grasp upon awakening shouldn’t be our blackberry or i-device, it should be the most positive thought that guides our dharma. This singular thought, since our conscious brain can only hold one at a time, inspires the quality of the rest of our day through sheer enthusiasm. And yoga teaches us that what you spend the energy of your thoughts focused upon grows bigger.
The first ten minutes of your day are the most important. Whether you lay there and choose a mantra or positive affirmation, or make a point NOT to reach for your iPhone and check email it sets the course for the kind of energy you will attract. Manage your own mind as if your mind was a computer and you were setting up the OS to run in the background all day. We do that to make the computer run more smoothly. We can do that to make ourselves harness the power of our thoughts.
My routine is to say to myself upon waking: I love myself, I am love, I offer love, I receive love. Then I sit up and meditate 11-30 minutes. I can feel from that the most important thoughts I want to lead my day with from there.
And in the words of Robin Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, “You will wake up every morning with a limitless reservoir of energy and enthusiasm. All your thoughts will be focused on your definite objective. You won’t have time to waste time. Valuable mental power will, therefore, not be wasted on trifling thoughts. You will automatically erase the worry habit and become far more effective and productive. Interestingly, you will also have a deep sense of inner harmony, as if you are somehow being guided to realize your mission. It is a wonderful feeling.”