Mind a wee while back I wrote a blog about how to have a great morning? Yeah? Knew you would. If you’d love to refresh your memory then check out the first part here.
So here, for your viewing pleasure, and only 8 months later(!) is the second part. I write it now because I’ve been fully embodying everything that is written below over the last couple of months here in Reykjavik. So now seems as good a time as any to share…
Emma’s awesome morning of awesomeness:
Wake up (obviously) and take a big drink of water to rehydrate after a whole night with no water. Water with some lemon squeezed in is really great as a liver cleanser but lately – cos I’ve been on a massive chia bender – I’ve been soaking a sprinkling of chia in water at night and drinking that in the morning. Chia in water seems to really radically hydrate my body.
Drinking water in the morning also helps to remove any toxins in your body. It goes without saying that this water ought to be the best quality spring water you can source.
Next I do some stretches in bed. It feels great to stretch in the morning have you noticed that? There’s a very good reason you feel inclined to stretch as soon as you wake up. Your whole body is essentially waking itself up ready to get moving, and your circulatory system is getting a good work out with blood flowing in and out your muscles (eww). I do a couple of long spread-out-in-the-bed type stretches (love hearing the blood rush in my ears) then work my way down my body from head to toe stretching out each area of my body.
I do this before I meditate. I used to do it the other way around then would keep interrupting my meditation to stretch or yawn. I’ve found that doing the stretching part before meditation negates this need and gives me a much more relaxed meditation.
My meditation (still in bed) lasts as long as it lasts. I don’t time it, I just sit and let my thoughts go for as long as feels right. Sometimes there is a compulsion to get up and do. Much more difficult to restrain as I get my best ideas in the morning and I want to go and act on them instantly. Resisting this urge is a learning process and some days I’m good at it, somedays I get up when the urge arises.
There are few words I can think of to describe to you what daily meditation has done to improve my day-to-day life. Needless to say the realisations that I have had have been profound. Past memories and emotions are given the opportunity to arise to the surface and be released and a deep sense of peace stays with me as I go about my day. Doing this again in the evening has even more profound effects. It’s quite something.
If you’re not sure how to get started there’s a great course at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre. But seriously, all you need to do is sit down somewhere in a quiet space and do absolutely nothing for a while. That’s really the crux of it…
Lately my next step has been to drink some Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water as a tonic drink. There are many reputed benefits to this as detoxifying the body, aiding digestion, boosting metabolism, clearing the skin, fighting infection…the list goes on!
I won’t lie, it tastes absolutely bloody disgusting, but then if truth be told I’ve drunk much worse and more poisonous in my time! Make sure you get a brand that says ‘with mother’ as the mother is the culture and what gives it the health benefits.
To drink it without mother is probably just an exercise in stupidity.
After a few deep breaths out the window I sit in peace or with some relaxing music on (Mozart is my current fave) and write in my journal for as little or as long as feels necessary. Sometimes I write about realisations I’ve had during meditation, sometimes I release emotion, sometimes I write utter nonsense but the important part for me is the purging of thoughts on to paper to clear the mind and sort my endless thoughts in to some kind of order. There are no rules about what I write and just going with the flow seems to put me in my own flow.
And that’s me. Once I’ve done these I’m good to go, make a rocking smoothie (as green as I can) and participate in this wonderful thing called LIFE!
I’d love to hear about your own great morning, what you can’t do without…don’t say coffee! I’ve been coffee clean for um, a week? Doing good!
Have an awesome, AWESOME day xx
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/