There is something about a morning routine that sets the tone for the day.  It’s no wonder so many successful people in the world have one and stick to it religiously.    

By the time mine has finished the feeling of expansion in Mind Body and Soul feels so good i repeat it 7 days a week and only take time of it if injured.  I love it!  I’m usually up between 4:00am and 4:30am and I start my day with a cold shower.  

There is something about going from the extreme of the warm cozy bed to that of the ice cold that pushes one’s boundaries.  

It has been often encouraged within the yogic community and I can see why.  It’s invigorating, refreshing and energising and by the time i’m out of it, any sleepiness I may have had, has now strangely disappeared and replaced with a glow that can’t help but put a smile upon one’s face.    

A gentle stretch next and if we have been taught a set of yoga postures in preparation for a meditation practice then this is a good time to do these.  If not, do approach a yoga teacher who will be able to prepare a set for you.       

Up next Meditation and why not first, before the Cold Shower?  Well simply, If we meditate directly after getting out of bed there is every chance we will still be sufficiently sleepy enough to want to fall asleep again. 

It’s one of the reasons why many give up their morning meditation practise.  They fall asleep so often during it they may as well just carried on sleeping.  Whereas once we have hit the cold, there ain’t no going back 

I am not going to go into the benefits of meditation here.  But if you are coming across this page for the first time.  All i’m going to say is that it works and please feel free to explore my social media and website to understand why it does.       

After meditating, I take some time out in the garden to study (we can always be better).  Right now i’m learning Spanish and for no other reason than I have always struggled with learning languages so thought I would start to exercise that part of the brain that is so resistant.

To finish a workout.  I do the simple and sinister daily.  It’s a kettlebell workout (that includes a good warm up) that leaves my body feeling intouch with the joys of everything else I’m feeling right there and then and the best part is, not a coffee in sight, it’s not even 7am and i’m raring to go!    

Next up a Bedtime routine that will lead you to a great night’s sleep 

13 years ago today (10/08/21) my father passed away. He was a giant of a man who had a huge influence on my life.
His loss was immense as we as a family had always been so very close.

A strong, physical and powerful presence only matched by his love for his family. A beautiful man, a wonderful teacher, a glorious soul.

As we attempted to heal ourselves from this challenging period.  Though we understood there were 5 or 7 stages of the grieving process and whilst I spoke of them often and understood the process, they certainly were not always as obvious as the books and internet suggest.

Thankfully back then, I also had my meditation practise. Though new to me at the time, offered a transcendent quality complimenting the support that I was receiving from the books and from those around me.

It quite naturally expanded my awareness and in doing tapped into my true healing potential.  So the pain, whilst there (and should be for we should never suppress) was less dominant giving me space to just be!

Ofcourse life continued, the first few months, years even, had difficult and uncomfortable moments, as I found myself being triggered.  It wasn’t so much the big occasions such as Birthday’s or Christmas’s.  Those we could prepare for.  But a song or a meal he was fond of was far more challenging.

At the same time I strangely found myself more capable in dealing with them as I felt support far greater than my body was usually aware and with that I gained great strength!

A strength that has grown each and every day since and as it evolves I realise his impact on me even now.  For my drive, my passion and desire to succeed whilst maybe expressed differently to him is very much influenced by him and for that I will always be grateful. I love you Dad!