My secret to living well is my morning routine: I lie in bed a little longer than I should. Sometimes, I struggle with how lazy I must look. But I quiet my mind, give in to serenity, and languish for a while.
Despite my serious illnesses, I used to start my day rushed. A tank of anxiety. I always had a tight, panicked feeling in my chest, and thoughts raced in my brain. I accepted this as inevitable.
Eventually, I grew tired of feeling out of control and made a conscientious change.
My practice is simple. In bed, I list ten things I’m grateful for. Nothing is too small or too deep. I believe each one is brought to mind for a reason. When I finish, I re-read each of them and say, “Thank you for being part of my experience.” My final statement before I ground my feet to the floor and begin my day is, “This is it!”
THIS IS IT! This moment is all that’s promised to us. Pain may be my reality, but suffering is a choice. So is gratitude! I start my day by cultivating positivity, and it has done more than I ever thought possible for my mental clarity. I believe in the power of intention and positive thought.
What are you grateful for?