Mornings are sacred. Or, they can be. Sure, you could start your day by rolling out of bed, bleary-eyed, fumbling around for that glass of water on your bedside table and shoes, dying for the toilet followed by that (first) cup of coffee. Get the shower out of the way and crash into your day, ticking boxes representing a series of tasks you need to just ‘get through’. Until the end of said day, when you get to (finally) collapse into the softest piece of furniture you own, a gush of relief escaping your throat. Rinse, sleep, repeat.
But that’s certainly not how the Tribe does it! We know that every choice we make offers us the next series of choices, along with a particular set of consequences, so making more conscious choices right at the start of our day can have a significant impact on the quality of our choices throughout the rest of our day. And so it follows on into the next days, weeks, months, and so on. There is nothing like commitment to self and establishing healthy practices/ routines in our daily lives – and being consistent with them – to bring about the real magic. But only if we commit. We create balance in our own lives, it doesn’t randomly happen like some happy accident.
Now onto our 6 Short but Potent Morning Rituals to bring the WOKE into our day!
It may be worth mentioning you are bringing intention into all these nurturing, loving acts you are doing for yourself so each becomes a kind of meditation. They are also each bringing you into your body in different ways, which is both grounding and takes you deeper into the glorious PRESENT!
(You can do a couple of these at the same time, don’t worry!)
This is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that detoxifies the teeth and gums and has the added benefit of whitening the teeth. A lot of diseases originate in the mouth, so this is also good for your overall health!
The trick is to oil pull as soon as you get up in the morning, on an empty stomach. It is most effective when you haven’t had anything to drink, so rather leave your hydrating for later. Take a heaped teaspoon full of oil (we like organic extra virgin coconut oil) and put it in your mouth. It will soon start to melt. Swish it gently – if you move it around too vigorously your mouth will get pretty tired – for 20 minutes. We know it seems like a LONG time, but you will get used to it. You must not swallow any of it, as the harmful bacteria you are drawing out will go right back into your system. Once the 20 minutes is up, spit it all out into the rubbish bin (not into the toilet or down the sink as it will harden, as coconut oil does, and mess with your plumbing). Follow immediately by rinsing your mouth out with warm water and brushing your teeth. You will start to feel and see the effects after a few days, it’s a really beneficial practice! We recommend doing this three mornings a week, or every day if you prefer.
Clearing Your Space
We go into this in more detail in our blog about healing and cleansing your space, but you can keep it short and sweet first thing in the morning. While you are oil pulling, simply open your windows (if it’s cold, open them a little and make sure you are warm and snug), make your bed and maybe burn some essential oils – something grounding and calming to set the tone for the day – or incense resin, so any stale energy that has accumulated during the night can be cleared. Airing out your room will assist in allowing the energy to flow. Breathe deeply in a gesture of renewed commitment to self.
Dry Body Brushing
This is a practice we’ve recently heard about and LOVE. You can also do this while oil pulling, if you have time left. Why dry brush? As your skin is the largest organ of your body, it too – like all your other organs – needs to eliminate waste somehow. Dry brushing assists the body in detoxifying, as well as supporting the lymphatic system by stimulating normal lymph flow. The benefits do not stop there – dry brushing also exfoliates the skin therefore removing dead skin cells for faster renewal, clears oil, dirt and residue from your pores, has been said to help cellulite, and gives you a natural energy boost. We’d like to add that it’s a really effective way to bring you into your body and therefore the present, and can be a tremendously healing and meditative practice as it helps you to connect with your beautiful body, your soul’s vehicle, giving you a newfound appreciation for how amazing it truly is.
Here’s how to do it. Thank you for this Wellness Mama!
Selecting a Dry Brush
I use a firm, natural bristle brush with a handle, which allows me to reach my entire back and easily brush the bottoms of my feet and the backs of my legs.
How to Dry Brush: The Method
Dry brushing can be done daily, preferably in the morning before showering. Start with a gentle brush and soft pressure. Work up to a firmer brush and more firm pressure over time.
Here’s How to Dry Brush the Skin:
Note: Don’t brush too hard! A soft and smooth stroke often works best. My skin is slightly pink after brushing, but it should never be red or sting. If it hurts at all, use less pressure!
We recommend brushing before showering and use a natural lotion after showering.
Brush for around 20 minutes.
Drink Warm Lemon Water
Right after you’ve oil pulled (while dry brushing and clearing your space), prepare some warm water with a good squeeze of fresh lemon. You can also add a pinch of Himalayan salt as your body will be able to absorb minerals quickly on an empty stomach. Warm water is excellent for helping flush the digestive system and rehydrating the body after the long night. Lemon helps your body flush out toxins, especially from the liver and kidneys, is good for the skin, helps reduce inflammation in the joints and knees, and much more. We like to add fresh lemon to a big cup of Hibiscus Flowers and Peppermint Power Tea (let it cool a bit before you start sipping) for the added boost of Vitamin C, antioxidants and energy.
Journaling and Setting Intention for the Day
While you are sipping on your delicious tea or perhaps oil pulling – multi task in your own preferred style – journal about any dreams you remember from the night before. We like to keep a separate dream journal for easy reference. It is best to get your dreams down on paper first thing because they are likely to disappear from your memory quite quickly after you wake up, elusive as they can be. Our dreams contain many symbols and signs, messages from our soul, which we can use to help guide us or gain a deeper insight into our true selves. It can get frustrating when we are not able to decipher what the message is, but this comes with practice and a consistent effort to write them down as soon as we wake up. Over time, the message may get clearer; the universe is encouraged when we take note.
You can always use the internet to find interpretations or the meanings of particular symbols in your dreams and apply what you find to your own life. You may come across contradictory meanings, so you’ll have to feel it out/use your intuition to decipher the truest meaning for yourself. Try this Dream Dictionary we found, or do some research into what source works best for you!
Next journal in general to ‘check in’ with yourself, be honest about how you are feeling, and write from a space of loving curiosity and enquiry to find out more about yourself, your motivations, reactions, what your needs and wants are, etc. Over time, if you do this consistently, patterns will emerge which will allow you to understand yourself better. Affirmations also work well in creating positive pathways in your mind to help you manifest your heart’s desires.
Finally, set intentions for the day. There may be several goals you are working towards. Many cannot be achieved in a day, but you can simply commit to moving a little bit closer to achieving them. Or perhaps you would like to go into your day with a certain attitude or outlook that supports your highest self. There is power in words and intentions, they are the building blocks of manifestation and serve to remind you of what you really want out of life.
Okay, so the idea is you have been meditating throughout each beautiful ritual above. Meditation basically means, being present. There are so many different techniques and styles of meditation, we’d need to write an entire article to cover only some of them. What we suggest is finding a space, ideally one you usually use for meditation that is clean and peaceful, sit on the ground or in a chair with your feet placed firmly on the ground, close your eyes and bring yourself into your heart. With the simple intention of being present, you will start to gain deeper and deeper clarity, insight, wisdom and stillness. If you meditate every day, the results become palpable. Even for a few minutes, 10, 15 or 20. It is that powerful.
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