What energizes you?
I’ve been experimenting with a new morning routine, inspired by a book I’m reading called Journey from the Center to the Page: Yoga Philosophies and Practice as Muse for Authentic Writing by Jeff Davis. Davis recommends going right to your yoga mat first thing in the morning and asking yourself, “What am I writing for?” As you move through yoga poses, aligning breath with movement, an answer begins to surface — maybe, “I am writing for clarity – I need to figure something out,” or “I’m writing to bring myself comfort,” or a million other possibilities.
I’ve found this morning routine energizing and restorative at the same time. It anchors me in myself and helps me feel more centered and mindful as I approach not only my writing, but also the rest of my day. Psychologically, knowing that I’ve taken care of myself first thing in the morning buoys me throughout the day, and helps frustrations slide off me instead of digging in their hooks.
Plus, by starting my day with yoga, I relieve myself of the ongoing stress I used to feel of having a voice inside me all day saying, “You need yoga. Go do yoga. When are you going to practice yoga?”
(In other words: listening to ourselves can be a lot more energizing than the ever-so-draining exercise of drowning ourselves out.)
Not to mention, my writing practice feels more meaningful when I come to it with such full-bodied intention. This morning on the mat, when I asked myself, “What am I writing for?”, the first word that surfaced was “energy.” Hence, today’s post.
What energizes you? Can you experiment with changes to your routine that might help you find more energy in your day?
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