Throughout the month of October, we’re journeying together toward meaningful mornings as a community through crafting our own Morning Rituals. Read the rest of the posts in this series here.
Whenever your Morning Ritual might take place, my hope for you is that you’ll be able to set apart time each day that is spacious and nourishing.
However, changing schedules and regular disruptions might sometimes make it difficult to take the time you long for.
Earlier this month, we drew Sacred Circles around our Morning Ritual, setting boundaries around our intentions for our time set apart. If you desire to set time apart, you’ll need to set boundaries around your time as well by determining what time is Sacred, no matter what.
When will you declare “no disruptions allowed,” no matter what? Even when your schedule changes and it’s hard to keep anything straight, when when will you pause, no matter what? What time will you set apart for yourself and for the Divine, no matter what?
You could set your alarm ten minutes early each day in order to guarantee you’ll have time to spend in prayer before the day begins. Perhaps your Sacred time is in the shower, where you can breathe the comfort of the warm water deep into your being and breathe out prayers for peace and renewal. Or is the one constant in your mornings your daily cup of coffee that you quickly drink while on the go? Instead of rushing, consider pausing to savor your coffee each day, turning it into a Sacred time set apart—no matter what.
For those mornings when your routine is disrupted and your Morning Ritual seems impossible to maintain, what time will you claim as Sacred—no matter what? Share your response to the question or the post in the comments.
my meaningful morning
My morning ritual begins at 7am every morning with a cup of hot green tea, the smoldering of nag champa incense and a collecting of my mind and heart by praying through a few psalms. I then begin a time of centering prayer for 15-20 minutes beginning with thanksgiving, and guided by the Jesus prayer and the Prayer of St Francis. From there I spill into a slow contemplative reading of a chapter from the Gospels. I end my ritual by engaging 5-10 pages of a book on spirituality—right now I am spending time with John Climacus.
Want to share your meaningful morning? Email me your Morning Ritual in 100 words or less and it might be shared in an upcoming post! You can also share glimpses of your Morning Ritual on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the tag #MyMeaningfulMorning.