Many self care, self development and self realisation programmes, literature and speakers discuss the benefits of a positive morning mindset and this is because first thing in the morning is the perfect time to become conscious of our thoughts and feelings, set up our day in our minds as we would like to see it unfold and choose our outlook. When we awaken in the morning, our habitual thinking begins almost as soon as we have opened our eyes. We blink, stretch and then remind ourselves of who we are, who we are not, how the world works and all the reasons why we feel the way we do, live the way we do and can’t do what we want to.
Taking charge of where our minds leads us as soon as we wake up is a powerful way of setting a new tone for morning thinking that creates empowered feeling that motivates a routine of doing that is inspired by and aligned with the true self. There are a few great ways to enable this, one of them being to plan out the night before what we want our following day to look like.
We can begin by imagining ourselves waking up and smiling before assessing our emotional state or reminding ourselves of the conditioned self we have come to identify with. Smiling signals to the heart that we are safe and happy and in turn the heart signals to the brain that we are calm and well. When we smile, we produce and release endorphins and serotonin which lower stress levels positively impacting our physical health. Smiling helps us relax into the present moment. Making the commitment to smile when we first wake up will create a habit that sets us up for a healthier and happier day, so that we begin our morning in a feeling of wellbeing. Visualising ourselves doing so will programme us to wake up this way.
Asking ourselves the simple question, who am I and who do I want to be reminds us that we are the creators of our experience, the limitless potential of the Universe, the power of now and that there is nothing that can hold us back from being in this moment the person we want to. This is an empowering and energising practice that done in the evening sets the tone for our morning, directing our attention and focus away from the perpetual worries and fears the ego has on loop and opening us up to possibility.
From here, we can choose to feel good as we imagine going about our day and consider ways to promote and express our innate good feeling. Choosing the healthiest feeling thought we are able to in every moment helps us to enter a space of appreciation and possibility so that any residual emotions of thinking from the day before or from our dreams can be overridden by feeling grateful for the opportunity to experience a new day, new opportunities to express our innate happiness and the ability to follow those thoughts that lead us towards expressing wellbeing throughout our day.
Gratitude is extremely helpful in creating and maintaining a sense of vitality and energy because when we are grateful we are focused on feelings of pleasure, joy and love so that we are aligned with our wellbeing. When we find something to say thank you for, we tune ourselves into good feeling and direct our minds towards thoughts of appreciation. In gratitude we are heart centred and when we operate from the heart we feel light, free, well and optimistic about life.
Reminding ourselves that we have a brand new day in front of us that we have never lived before filled with limitless possibilities can help us to engage with our natural state of joy and reverence for life. When we choose to view life as if it is magical and mystical rather than monotonous and mundane, we vibrate at a frequency of wonder and awe, inviting new experiences in. Wonderful things happen when we see the world through fresh eyes and enjoy it from a new perspective.
Before we go to sleep at night, visualising how we want our next day to look allows us to create it. What does it look like in our very best fantasies? What can we be happy about as we make our way through our routines and schedules? How can we make the best of what we need to do? What might occur to remind us of the magic that exists in the world?
We spend so much time imagining scenarios that do not reflect what we truly want in life or what we know deep down is available for us and spending some time before we fall asleep running through our perfect next day is a powerful practice that programmes us to express our innate joy, creativity and desire to engage with life. We are always creating our experience and when we expect it to be good, we subconsciously look for evidence that it is, reinforcing our belief that life is happening for us and in concert with our wishes.
Meditating on what we want in life, what we wish to call into our experience in order to explore how we might live can mean spending just a few minutes before we plan our next day, resting in the silence that we enjoy when we tune out of our thinking and into our internal wisdom so that we channel inspiration and receive guidance for the next day. Meditation is a simple and powerful practice that takes us out of who we think we are and into something far greater.
Creating a morning mindset that empowers us to take control of how we think and feel is a simple way of becoming aware of the power we hold over our experience and doing this every evening makes this an even more powerful practice as it sees us planning ahead to build new habits, make new commitments and embrace new practices that steer us towards living a life we find fulfilling and enjoyable.
These practices are meant to help us express our innate good feeling and so if there are evenings we are unable to plan for the next day or mornings we feel out of alignment with our inner wisdom, loving ourselves enough to not indulge in frustration or guilt will help us to begin our day well, too. Anything that we do that demonstrates affection, care and respect for ourselves and our wellbeing will lift us up and help us to connect with feelings of health, happiness and wholeness that we can take into our day.
Living well is not about being perfect, it is about being kind to ourselves and others as we explore and investigate what it means to be human, how best to live, feeling good and making wellbeing our priority. Investing in our wellness feeds out into the world, setting a healthy example for others, informing our interactions with them, keeping us on track when things don’t go as planned and preventing us from expecting those around us to make us feel good.
Checking in with ourselves and noticing our state of mind before we sleep at night and when we wake in the morning encourages us to consider what we are thinking and feeling and whether we want to take this energy into our day. This allows us pause to discover whether we would benefit from realigning with peace and the clarity it affords us in order to sleep well and begin our day from as healthy and happy an outlook as possible.
We don’t have to strive to be blissful and joyful all of the time but we do have the option to reflect on our perspective in any moment in order to choose to do and feel our best. When we wake up in the morning, we are often still carrying what happened the day before as well as feeling the effects of our lifestyle choices, our dreams and how well we slept. Taking all of this into consideration allows us to understand that we may be caught up in a habitual or familiar state of being almost as soon as we wake up that doesn’t best serve us or allow us to start the day fresh. Checking in with ourselves before we begin our day and setting ourselves up for a great morning the night before can help us to clear our minds and connect with the newness and wellbeing that are available to us in every moment.
When we find that we are veering off track, taking a few seconds to breathe deeply and slowly can help us feel more centred. Noticing how we are feeling physically can help us release any tension we are creating and holding in our bodies. Becoming aware of our emotions without energising them, judging them, struggling or identifying with them can give us the space to notice what is our dominant feeling and what it is telling us. Our feelings are reflections of our thinking so we know how helpful and clear it is. Considering our feelings can guide us to knowing whether to continue or let go of our thinking in the moment.
If we take the time to witness our present state without judgement, without generating further thinking and emotion, without getting involved with justifying it or struggling with or trying to change it, we can detach from it enough to not identify with it and reflect on whether it is the state in which we want to end or begin our day and whether we would do better to allow it to move on and let new thinking and feeling guide us.
The way we do this will be personal to each of us and we can trust our intuition to lead the way. Whatever we choose to do, giving ourselves the time to listen to our inner voice can only benefit us in living more fully from a space of wellbeing and health and making the choice to take responsibility for the way we show up and take part in life, choosing to think and feel differently, to spend time in quiet contemplation and connection with our truest selves every evening and morning, working to remember who we are and what is really true and important for us.
When we decide to check in with ourselves before we start our day we give ourselves the gift of spaciousness and are more aligned with our desire to feel and do well. We are continually more aware of when we are not taking action that respects and promotes this. We are more inclined to assess our thinking and feelings than just be led by them and because of this we make the choice more frequently to witness those experiences we create for ourselves that do not empower us, do not reflect what we know to be true, do not lead us from and towards wellbeing.
Checking in with ourselves before we start the day is a simple way of resetting so that we can approach each day from as fresh a state of mind and perspective as possible. When we do so from a space of trust in our ability to be well and faith in our potential for positive change and growth as well as patience for the moments we battle ourselves, we bring a lightness to our lives as we align ever more fully with who we truly are.
Who we are, how we show up in the world and how these choices impact our experience of life are of significance once we start to understand that our interpretation of reality is determined by the beliefs we hold about the world and that we can change them. The brain configures the information it receives via our senses to fit the worldview we hold so that it make sense to us. Changing our view in order to change our interpretation of life and our experience of the world happens when we practice awareness of how we are operating in the moment.
When we default to the subconscious mind, we default to conditioning and programming that are often not true or helpful and until we do the work to change our operating system, we take action from beliefs about the world that shape our experience of reality. This experience then appears to confirm our subconscious beliefs so that we live from a circular and limited understanding.
The ego is afraid of change and so it will fill our heads with doubts, fears, complaints and denials. We can’t, we won’t, we shouldn’t, we don’t deserve to, we’ve got it wrong, we’ll fail and so on. But if we want change, we will need to start listening to a new voice; the voice of the conscious mind, of present moment awareness, the voice of grace and wisdom and intuition.
When we are aware, we are conscious and when we are conscious we make decisions and choices that are not influenced by unhelpful programming and conditioning. We are free to enjoy a new experience of ourselves and the world and committed to noticing what happens when we default to unconscious patterns of thinking and feeling and acting so that we can change them when it serves us to.
To create the lives we want to be living, we have to begin questioning every thought that leads to behaviour that directs us away from the destination we are aiming for. If our thoughts and actions aren’t leading us there, they are informed by a belief system that is not supportive of our growth or evolution.
Expansion is a lifelong journey and we undertake it when we begin to want more for ourselves than seems to be currently on offer. This can be a liberating and joyful experience, depending on how we think about it. If we want to start liking life more, we need to practice awareness so that we can change the belief system we operate from to reflect our inclination towards happiness and wellbeing. The choice is ours. It takes work but it also takes work to keep struggling against the subconscious behaviours we engage in whilst doing nothing to change the operating system that informs and motivates them.
We can create a new way of living, we can change our beliefs, we can uncover our potential and we can transform our experience of ourselves and the world around us. Once we awaken to possibility, with the practice of awareness the lives we dream of can be ours. We are magnificent and powerful and we realise this in the moments that we vow to do better, to change and grow because somewhere deep inside we know that evolving into ever higher expressions of the true self is possible.
Planning each evening how we might go about our next day so that we come to identify and practice what allows us to express and explore our innate health, happiness and potential, allows us to expand more fully into who we really are and spend less time acting as the conditioned self.
Not only does doing this help us to commit to change, spending time every evening reflecting on how we would like our next day to unfold creates a sense of possibility within us that not only has an effect on the quality of our sleep but also the feeling we wake up in. If we can spend some time every evening thinking about how wonderful our next day will be, we set ourselves up for healthier, happier experiences and come to default to our knowledge that we have power over the way we think and feel and act in life when old programmes get triggered.
We are energy concentrated into matter and the way we direct energy causes it to vibrate at different frequencies within our energetic bodies which affects the way we experience life in the world of form. Paying attention to the the thoughts we follow, the thinking we generate and the way we behave can help us to make lifestyle choices that intentionally raise our vibration. By choosing to connect with the good feeling that resides within us and take action that encourages health on every level, we elevate our awareness of the power we hold to raise our vibration which changes the way we think and feel and act and guides us to operate from the wellbeing and intelligence that are available to us.
When we wake up in the morning we are in the best position to condition ourselves to operate from a healthy and positive mindset that serves to raise our vibrational frequency to one of mental, physical and emotional wellbeing and coherence. How we choose to shift into a space of conscious connection with the energy that we are and the power we hold to direct it in order to start our day as we wish for it to continue will evolve over time and change as and when we need it to. Becoming practised in planning our next day gives us the freedom to do things differently as and when we need to.
The Next Day Planner is designed to help guide us towards reflecting on what actions we can take each day that are in alignment with our core values and desires so that we can start practising being who we want to be in our everyday lives. Looking forward to expressing our highest selves the following day and feeling appreciative of the ways we might do this fills us with uplifting emotions that direct our thinking and focus as we end our day in preparation for a new one.
Commit to spending twenty minutes every evening for at least a week planning your next day and reflect on how your answers change as you go. You might be surprised at how easy it is to take control of the way you live and how effortlessly you open up to inspiration that guides you to make healthy and happy changes as well as create new ways of showing up in the world that benefit you and all around you.