This is such an impromptu post but hey that’s me. And you’re used to it by now.
I read ‘The One Thing’ by Gary Keller when I was travelling for Eid and since then, I’ve been looking to gain more consistency in my life. Although I read the Miracle Morning a while back, I’ve never done it consistently for 30 days.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I started the year on a great high and slowly I’ve been working myself into a state of frustration. This isn’t a motivational ‘you have to go conquer the world’ kind of post but I want to do this challenge because I know it makes a difference for my mental health and well-being.
Plus public accountability works for me (I completed the 30 day writing challenge on Insta) which is why I wanted to share this challenge on the blog!
If you haven’t read the Miracle Morning – Here’s a quick run through of how the routine works. It revolves around 6 habits summed up with the acronym- SAVERS.
In the past when I’ve tried to do Miracle Morning, it’s flopped because I wanted to stick to doing it in the order above or spend a full 60 minutes on it. Now I’ve found a routine that works for me, which allows me to go with the flow and switch it up whenever I want.
Here’s my Miracle Morning routine.
The first thing I do when I wake up is,
Scribing: I have a Diary on my phone I’ve been using since college. So the first thing I do after saying the waking up dua is type everything I remember from the day before. Reflections, memories, activities etc. It acts as a brain dump and allows me to start the day on a clean slate. (5 – 10 minutes).
I use my phone to journal because I like the easy access whenever I need to read them again. If you don’t want to start off your day with your phone, get a notebook and write instead.
Then I move to Silence where I use one of two meditation apps. At the moment I’m using Serenity but I really love the package on Medito as well. I’ve never been one for meditation but I’ve seen a difference in my awareness and presence from using it occasionally. ( 5- 10 minutes)
Instead of using an app, an easy and short alternative is to close your eyes and just pay attention to your breathing for a minute or two.
After silence, it’s Affirmations and Visualisations for me. I use a Vision Board app on my phone to read out my affirmations and look at my vision board. When I opened my vision board earlier this month, it brought such a huge smile to my face realising how proud I felt that I unknowingly done things this year that I never thought I could do. Looking at your vision board every day is a powerful reminder of the direction you want to take take steps towards and affirmations really help with eliminating limiting beliefs and allowing you to see possibilities. (3 minutes).
My favourite affirmation at the moment is from Louise Hay which you can read below:
“Deep at the center of my being there is an infinite well of Love.
I now allow this Love to flow to the surface. It fills my heart, my body, my mind, my consciousness, my very being and radiates out from me in all directions and returns to me multiplied. The more Love I use and give, the more I have to give – the supply is endless. The use of Love makes me feel good. It is an expression of my inner joy.
I love myself, therefore I take loving care of my body. I lovingly feed it nourishing foods and beverages. I lovingly groom it and dress it and my body lovingly responds to me with vibrant health and energy.
I love myself, therefore I provide for myself a comfortable home, one that fills all my needs and is a pleasure to be in. I fill the rooms with the vibration of Love so that all who enter, myself included, will feel this Love and be nourished by it.
I love myself, therefore I work at a job that I truly enjoy doing, one that uses my creative talents and abilities, working with and for people that I love and that love me, earning a good income.
I love myself, therefore I behave and think in a loving way to all people for I know that that which I give out returns to me multiplied. I only attract loving people in my world for they are a mirror of what I am.
I love myself, therefore I forgive and totally release the past and all past experiences and I am free.
I love myself, therefore I love totally in the ‘Now’, experiencing each moment as good and knowing that my future is bright and joyous and secure for I am a beloved servant of God
child of the Universe and the Universe God lovingly takes care of me now and forever more.”
And so it is.”
(I’ve changed a couple of words at the end to align with my faith)
Again with affirmations they don’t have to be this long. You can write five out in a notebook and leave it by your bedside.
The next stage for me is Reading which I do on my Kindle. I am currently reading ‘The Body Keeps The Score’ by Bessel van der Kolk. ( 5 – 10 minutes)
Your reading here can also be Quran recitation or your morning adhkar.
The last thing I do is Exercise. One activity that works exceptionally well for me is walking! I love doing long walks and it allows me to listen to a good podcast and enjoy my surroundings. On days when I don’t feel like walking, I use the FitOn app which I cannot recommend enough. So much for you to choose from and all free! (5 – 30 minutes).
Now it might look like a lot but the reason why the timings above work for me at the moment is because I don’t have a lot on, so my mornings are free. If your mornings are hectic, you can easily reduce the entire six habit routine to 10 – 15 minutes.
The idea is that you can go with the flow, switch up the order or timing and see what works.
In sha Allah, I will be sharing my progress at the end of every week.
If you could dedicate 30 days to one habit, what would it be and why is it important to you?
Let me know in the comments!
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