Conscious Creation: The First Moments of The Day
The moment during the day when we very first open our eyes and come into consciousness is a precious opportunity. It sets the tone for all that comes after it, like the opening scene in a film or novel. At this moment, our ability to create the day is at its most powerful, and we can offer ourselves fully to the creative process by filling this moment with whatever inspires us most. It may be that we want to be more generous, or it may be that we want to be more open to beauty in our daily lives. Whatever the case, if we bring this vision into our minds at this very fertile moment, we empower it to be the guiding principle of our day.
Sometimes we wake up with a mood already seemingly in place, and it’s important to give this feeling its due. It can inform us and deepen our awareness to what’s going on inside us, as well as around us. As long as we are conscious, we can honor this feeling and also introduce our new affirmation or vision, our conscious offering to the day. We may want to decide before we go to sleep what we want to bring to the next day of our lives. It could be that we simply want to be more open to whatever comes our way. Or we may want to summon a particular quality such as confidence. Then again, we may simply call up a feeling that perfectly captures the texture we want our day to have.
We can reaffirm our vision or affirmation as we shower and eat breakfast, as well as recalling it at various times throughout the day. We can write it down and carry it with us on a little slip of paper if this helps. Simply by being aware of those first moments, we set the stage for a more conscious, enlivened experience, and we become active participants in the creation of our lives. ~ Madyson Taylor, Daily Om
Have you ever heard the saying, “[insert name or pronoun] woke up on the wrong side of the bed.” For those unfamiliar with the saying, it simply means that the person is grouchy, unpleasant to be around or in a bad mood. And if you are like me, at one time or another, you’ve lamented, “I should have just stayed in bed this morning.” In all likelihood, both of these reactions originated from those precious moments between sleep and wakefulness. Whether it be from a bad dream, or beginning the day with stresses or worries carried over from the previous day, our attitude at those very moments can dictate the rest of our day. Will it be a good day or a bad day?
The thing is that, as with everything else in our life, we get to choose how we react. As trite as it may sound, attitude is everything. The ability to choose our actions is hard-wired in all of us. There are very few of us who do not have the occasional negative thought that, if left unchecked, will infect the rest of the day. Fortunately, we are in control of our paths, and by setting the intention to approach the day in a positive way, we set the stage for a more productive and satisfying day.
So, instead of bounding out of bed the moment you open your eyes, take a few minutes to gauge your thoughts and feelings. If they are a harbinger of a less than rewarding day, be still, take some deep, calming breaths and set a positive intention for the day, which you will return to throughout the day. Taking this time, clears your head and readies you to tackle the day with exuberance and zeal, and as a bonus, you’ll end the day happy that you ventured out of bed and into the world outside.