morning ritual

My experience with Morning Pages

I was going to write this out in an Instagram post but had more to say and felt that it was important for me to share. Morning Pages is a concept is from a book by Julia Cameron called The Artist’s Way. Her idea is that you wake each morning, grab your journal before you are able to engage in, change or judge your thoughts and journal for 20 minutes. It gets all those thoughts floating around in your head on paper, engages your creativity and lets magic flow. It’s a safe place for your darkest ugliest thoughts, poetry, gratitudes, everything. There are no limits and some mornings you can literally start with “I have nothing to write today, the sky is blue…” You keep writing until the timer goes off. I have heard of this idea before and it kept presenting itself to me. When Julian Hough encouraged a 10 day challenge on instagram I decided to finally give it a try.

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If you’ve been a reader for a while, you will know that I am a huge fan and advocate of journaling. Journaling has been a part of my practice on and off since I could write. I think my mom gave me my first journal when I was 6 or 7 years old. Sometimes I use journal prompts, but I mostly I just journal steam of consciousness. I had never committed to journaling for a certain amount of time every day for a certain amount of days. So this was my experience:

  • This challenge could not have come at a better time. Some challenging things happened in my life about halfway through the ten days. It gave me a place to write out all my fears, sadness, grief and all the anxious thoughts running their way through my head. I am super grateful for having this avenue of healing at this time.

  • I noticed that my mind was much less active throughout the day because I had given myself permission to let all the thoughts flow onto paper in the morning without judgement.

  • I felt more flow in my life the last 10 days. It was like something was opened up inside of me to let more creativity and flow into my life.

As a result, I will be continuing the morning pages as a part of my Self Care Checklist and morning practice. It fit into my life perfectly and has given me permission to truly let my thoughts go again. Life throws crazy unexpected shit at us sometimes and if we have an outlet for that stuff to go, we can process it in a different way. As a water sign, I feel all the feels and sometimes it is absolutely overwhelming. Having a blank page each morning waiting for me, makes me feel safer, more connected to myself and to the divine. I highly recommend this practice, even if you are skeptical or feel not connected to it at all. You never know what kind of magic can flow into your life when you open yourself to something new, unknown and scary.

Creamy Adaptogenic London Fog

I love anything earl gray. I have since I was young. The smell, the taste, the way it makes me feel. I have memories of sitting around the kitchen table with my mata ji drinking endless cups of earl gray with milk and scones. This morning my body wasn't feeling coffee and I was digging through my tea cupboard and found some earl gray I forgot I had. Out came this really lovely latte with coconut butter, chaga, he shou wu, mucuna pruriens and vanilla. It was the perfect start to my slow morning. 

Ingredients:

In a high speed blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high for 30 seconds to a minute until combined and frothy. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

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About the Adaptogens:

If you've been reading for a while, you know how I feel about adaptogens. If you're just joining, adaptogens are amazing herbs that help our bodies adapt to stress. Whether it be physical, environmental, emotional, mental, etc they give our bodies a little extra help so we can "adapt" to any situation. Adaptogens do not replace a healthy lifestyle and healthy diet, but they have had a huge impact on my life and I am a big believer in their power. In this latte I used Root and Bones Chaga and He Shou Wu. You can use code "bodybliss" for a discount at check out. My favorite brand of Mucuna Pruriens is made by Sun Potion. For information on each adaptogen, please read below. 

Chaga is know as the "King of Plants."It is high in digestive enzymes and helps to support the GI tract. A powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. Historically it has been used for centuries in Siberia and was used as a coffee substitute during WWII. It has a lovely sweet taste and blends will with chocolate and vanilla. 

He Shou Wu is a Chinese herb revered for its powerful anti-aging properties. It translates to "Mr. He's black hair" after an elder who restored his youthfulness with this herb.  It's both energizing and calming and increases fertility. It high in iron, boosts mood and supports the nervous and adrenal system. 

Mucuna Pruiriensalso known as the "dopamine bean;" is high in L-Dopa, the precursor to dopamine, the feel good hormone in our brain. Regular use of this adaptogen helps to lift mood, fight depression and soothes the nervous system.

Note: If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have any health concerns, I recommend speaking with your ND, MD, acupuncturist or Ayurvedic Practitioner.