Getting Up Early
“The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep!”
People often ask me why I get up so early. The truth is it’s my favourite time of the day. The house is quiet, my thoughts run freely, and I am most productive. For me, this time allows me to move into the rest of my day feeling a little more centered because it not only is rich in routines but it overflows with quiet.
My alarm goes off at 4:44 and shortly after my cat arrives from my daughter’s warm bed anxious because he knows that his breakfast will soon trickle into his bowl. In the winter months, I pulled on a pair of warm woolen socks, and usually, I slip a sweater over my pajamas. These days are a little warmer, so all I need are a pair of cozy slippers.
The morning rituals continue with boiling the kettle to make tea, opening the curtains, and feeding the cats.
Simple day to day things performed with a little more presence and purpose.
Once the cats are happily eating their breakfast
our dog, Harry, is invited out of his crate. He grabs a toy, and we sit together, and snuggle and I give him a big neck rub. There is no rushing. Instead, I am completely present to my dog.
Once all the animals are fed,
and my tea is poured it’s time to dive into my writing and blog work. Usually, it feels like only a few minutes has passed when the clock hits 6:30 and that’s my cue to move into the next part of my day.
If you would like to get up and enjoy this quiet, beautiful time of the day here 5 tips to help you!
1. Go to Sleep at the same time every night
I suggest heading to bed a little earlier if you want to make sure you can find your way into those magical morning hours. I try to be in bed and asleep before 10 and most days I am more than ready to hit the floor running around 5.
2. Wake up the same time everyday
Waking up the same time everyday is the key. It’s certainly not a hard fast rule, but for me it holds the key to my early morning rises. That includes weekend mornings. I don’t alarm a clock on the weekend, but I still rise early.
3. Do things you love
Even when those cozy sheets feel like they have a firm hold on me, knowing I will have quiet time to write makes hitting the cold hardwood floor seem far more inviting. I suggest you find something equally as inviting to pull you from your slumber. Perhaps painting, walking or reading a good book.
4. Have routines that you do slowly and purposefully
I suggest having a routine that you do every day. Those routines will ground you and help center you for the day. Don’t rush through your morning routine this is a time to be slow and methodical. I feed the animals and welcome them lovingly into the day. My morning tea also brings me a sense of peace. When I find my way to my writing my heart is open and flowing with ideas.
5. Enjoy the quiet of the morning
Stay away from social media, t.v. or even the radio. Don’t let those precious morning moments get wasted. After my animals have eaten and my hot is tea ready I get right to writing. I have made a mistake a few times of checking Facebook and before I knew it I had wasted 10-15 minutes.
The time between 4:44 and 6:30 is a sacred time for me. It’s a time for being in a quiet house while the rest of my family sleeps peacefully; I get to sip tea and do what I love to do most. My mornings fill me with energy and helps me connect more deeply to all things spiritual. I certainly get that waking up before you have to is not for everyone, but if even a small part of you is curious, I urge you to give it a try. Like Rumi, I believe the mornings hold secrets, so don’t go back to sleep