Why You Should Treat The First Hour of Your Day As Sacred
For the past decade, the first thing I have done each morning is meditate for 20 minutes or more. More recently I've been meditating and also saying prayers of gratitude for all that is going well in my life and envisioning how I would like my day to go. This practice starts things out on the right foot and I noticed early on that on the days when I do this, things just seem to flow better. People I meet seem to be kinder, traffic seems to be smoother, and my heart is lighter. I think taking time when you first wake up to set the vibrational tone for your day, is one of the most life changing habits you could implement.
"As your day starts, it’s easy to get lost in the habit of checking messages, replying to email, checking the news and your favorite blogs.
It’s easy to fritter your day away doing a thousand small harmless actions … but the essential actions get put off.
The antidote, I’ve found, is putting a little emphasis on making the first hour of your day the most powerful hour. Treating that first hour as sacred, not to be wasted on trivial things, but to be filled with only the most essential, most life-changing actions.
Sacred actions might include:
- Writing (or creating in some other way)
- Practicing or studying
- Practicing yoga
- Focusing on your most important task of the day
On the days when I’m able to take those kinds of sacred actions, my entire day is changed. I am more mindful, I am more energetic, and I’m more focused and productive.
Treating this first hour as sacred helps me to remember that every hour is sacred, if I treat it as such. It helps me to remember that I don’t have a lot of hours left (I have no idea how many hours are left!), and that I have to live each one with appreciation and mindfulness...."