The morning is a great time to do a spiritual practice because it sets up your whole day. I used to listen to a morning meditation by Jacob Glass every day on my way to work. In it he said, "If we don't consciously hand our day over to Love, by default we give it to the ego." In other words, if we don't make a commit to focus on love, fear will take hold of our day. That always stuck with me and inspired me to develop a simple practice when I wake up.
Before my feet touch the floor, I take a moment and hand my day over to Love. As I continue my morning routine, brushing my teeth, drinking coffee, etc. I contemplate what I'm grateful for and take stock of all the blessings in my life. I write down at least ten things I'm grateful for and then follow that up with ten "I Am" statements - these are declarative statements that affirm my truth. Ex: "I AM perfect whole and complete." "I AM pure potential." "I AM a love magnet!"
These simple practices support me in gathering evidence of good in my life. We're always gathering evidence to prove that our belief-systems are true. After realizing this, I began to ask myself, "what am I interested in proving?"
The thoughts we think will dictate the experiences we have in life. Some may argue that we're simply living in denial if we only focus on the "good" stuff. I disagree. Experience has taught me that whatever I focus on multiplies. So, I made a conscious decision to focus on abundance, beauty, peace, and joy ... and guess what, I experience all these qualities in different ways all the time. I'm not living in denial, I'm gathering evidence of the good in my life.
What we focus on grows. It's that simple. If you'd like to know where your focus is, just take a look at the landscape of your life. The good news is that you can change it at any time by simply shifting your attention on what you're interested in experiencing. It takes practice to turn your attention from what you feel is missing in your life to the abundance that's all around, but it is SO worth it. You just need to be more interested in feeling good than not.
By consciously starting my day in gratitude, I support myself in PROVING that my life is working. There are two questions I invite you to consider: "What are you trying to prove?" & "Does the evidence you're gathering bring you peace or suffering?" The choice is yours.