Through the past few months, I’ve been dabbling in meditation and mindfulness practices to build a little bit more intention into my days. One day seems to blend with another & without intentional living, this can quickly spiral – or so I am finding.
With that said, the meditation and mindfulness practices don’t always come easy or necessarily provide the boost I’m searching for. Many people find serenity and momentary calm in meditation- however, I am a serial thinker and victim of instant gratification. I struggle to stick with meditation as I find my mind wanders and usually I begin to feel more tired than refreshed coming out of a meditation.
Some of the micro practices in mindfulness that I picked up from the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) from Google satiate my need for instant results. In addition, they are short enough that even the impatient among us can afford the time. However, even with these micro practices, I find myself seeking more.
I have begun using visioning and journaling to bring myself into a clear frame of mind and express honesty with myself. More specifically, I am testing Movie Mornings.
Movie Mornings can be whatever you think of as the ideal morning scenario you’ve seen in a movie and bring that to life in your own day. Perhaps you can see a pot of coffee, a dressing gown and a seat in your garden where the sun pours over you as you enjoy a few moments to yourself before the day starts. Create this feeling and scenario for yourself – as closely as you can. Of course, if there is no sun to pour over you as you rest outside, it might be a different scene of a cozy nook where you start your day with a few minutes of reading. The ultimate intent of Movie Mornings is to bring you as close to an ideal start of your day as you imagine.
Having a clear picture of what an ideal morning might look like can help you channel your energy into something that may springboard your day into positivity. Find that vision, combine it with your reality and enjoy the moments that we do often regard as “reserved for the movies”.