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My Miracle Morning
If you haven’t read “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod, go and read it right now! I’ll wait. Okay, maybe read it after you have finished reading this. It’s free on Kindle Unlimited, you can get a 30-day free trial! To quickly break it down in case you haven’t read the book (but seriously, you have to read it!) there are 6 practices that you can do every morning (or throughout the day) and they can literally change your life.
Those things are called the S.A.V.E.R.S.. Scribing (writing), affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading and silence (meditation, prayer, etc.) SAVERS is just an acronym and they do not need to be done in that order. However, it’s best to do all or most of the practices in the morning. ☀ I know what you’re thinking, does it have to be morning? Well, yeah, probably! As someone who has been a natural night owl for the majority of my life, I know that it can be difficult to wake up in the morning.
That changed when I had kids. I realized quickly that if I wanted to get anything done without interruptions, it would probably need to be done before the kids woke up. Although I naturally tend to have a lot of energy in the evenings, I find myself far more productive when I wake up early and get things done. If you’re skeptical, I highly suggest that you try waking up earlier and seeing what happens. Sleep is important, so you may have to adjust the time you go to bed. Just try it, what do you have to lose?
Here is what my Miracle Morning looks like.
I don’t necessarily do all 6 things in the morning, but I do them all at some point during the day. The very first thing that I do in the morning is drink water! I fill up my Hydro Flask the night before and I drink whatever is left when I wake up. This is hard for me because I don’t feel like thirsty in the morning. If waking up seems difficult, drinking water can actually help. I looked at the Hyrdo Flask for almost a year before I actually purchased one, but I love it because my water is still cold in the morning.
Silence and Visualization
The first parts of my morning are meditation and visualization. If you’re looking to start meditating, this post on how to start a meditation practice is a good place to start! I have found that when I don’t meditate first, before anything else, I tend to lose my focus. I also have a nightly meditation practice but that didn’t start until I’d been practicing in the morning for quite some time. For visualization, I use my meditation app (Insight Timer) and set the timer for 5 minutes. I either visualize certain parts of my life or just my day.
Scribing and Affirmations
Sometimes I like to combine affirmations and scribing. I bought a cute bullet journal and I write affirmations in it. I also use a regular journal for tracking how I am feeling and also three things that I am grateful for. Having a gratitude practice is very important. You can always use a digital version if you aren’t a pen and paper person. You can also listen to affirmations through a meditation app (just search affirmations) or on YouTube. Jason Stephenson has my favorite YouTube channel for meditation and affirmations.
If affirmations or visualization are difficult for you, that’s okay! There are plenty of guided practices that you can use until you get more comfortable or even indefinitely.
E is for exercise and this one is important for both your physical and mental health. My favorite forms of exercise are yoga and weight lighting. Yes, they’re very different. I’ve been on a journey to practice yoga daily, even if it’s only 5 minutes. My goal is to practice yoga daily and head to the gym about 3 times per week. I typically do not exercise as part of my Miracle Morning since my kids aren’t awake yet and I can’t leave the house. I may do a few yoga stretches, but I typically go to the gym around 8 or 9 AM or do yoga in the afternoon.
If you’re interested in yoga, Yoga with Adriene is on YouTube and excellent for beginners. If you feel uncomfortable it can be good to get an idea of what you’re doing at home before taking it to a class. That being said, it’s highly unlikely that anyone at the gym/yoga class/cycle class etc. is actually judging you. Everyone was a beginner at some point, and 99% of people at the gym aren’t paying attention to what anyone else is doing anyway. The best form of exercise for you is the one that you enjoy doing. Try a few things until you figure out what you enjoy.
Another big part of the miracle morning is reading. I rarely read in the morning, but I may read a page or two while I drink my morning coffee or tea. I love to read, so daily reading hasn’t been a struggle for me at all. If you’re on a journey to improve your life, health, mind, body, etc, here are some book recommendations (in no particular order.)
Books I love
If you aren’t much of a reader, listening to books on Audible does count! You can use the link below to try Audible for a month and get two free books.
Whenever you’re starting something new, remember that it takes quite a while to form a new habit. If taking on the entire miracle morning sounds daunting, the book talks about a 6-minute version where you do each of the S.A.V.E.R.S. for one minute each. No matter how busy you are, you can set aside 6 minutes.
Another way to approach it is to start with one or two and move up from there. That’s what I did. I started with meditation because I knew that it would be the most difficult for me. I already exercised and loved to read, so those were easy to do every day. Start with one or two habits and add the rest over time.
What does your morning routine look like? Does it need some improvement? I’d love to hear your thoughts or tips in the comments below. If you have a friend who might enjoy this post, make sure to use those share buttons or save it on Pinterest! Want to get more wellness tips sent straight to your inbox? Sign up to get the latest every Saturday.