Suggested Morning Routine:
- Wake up at sunrise.
- Write your dreams down (even if it's just a slight sensation or little flashes that you can recall).
- Walk outside barefoot, face the sun, take a few deep breaths and a nice big stretch (whatever feels good).
- Elemental Breathing practice (13 minutes) - see below
- Prepare bone broth or seaweed soup (something mineralizing and nourishing) with runny-yolk eggs (can cook the eggs by dropping them in the hot broth) and a cup of tea (herbal infusion)
- Sit down in a peaceful and comfortable space that you have designated for writing with your soup and tea. Wifi and phone off. No distractions. Give yourself all the time you need to let the creativity flow.
Find a comfortable place to sit on the earth, facing the sun.
Take a few deep breaths through the nose, softening and filling the belly, expanding the diaphragm, back of the rib cage and all the way up to the top of the chest. Fill all the space available in your upper body with air, hold for a few seconds, and when you exhale, allow the chest and belly to fall together.Earth
Breathing in and out through the nose
Tune into the energy of the earth. As you breath in, imagine the energy coming up from the ground, into your sacrum and absorbing it into your body. As you breathe out, imagine the energy moving back into the earth. Root yourself through the tailbone and down into the soil.Fire
Inhale through the nose and exhale out the mouth.
Tune into the energy of fire like a dragon breathing flames from it's mouth.Water
Inhale through the mouth and exhale out the nose.
Connect with the wave-like motion of your breath, feeling the energy of rivers, streams and oceans coursing through your body. Make a slight sound like the sea as you exhale through the nose.Air
Breathe in and out through the mouth.
Imagine being the wind, connecting with the mutable lightness of the air.Ether
Breath in and out through the nose...very subtly.
Imagine a vaporesque energy, lighter than air. Breath very slowly and softly into the top of the nose. Make sure the breathe is so light and subtle that you cannot physically sense it moving in and out of the nose.
When you are done take a few deep breaths into the lower belly, a few inches below the navel to ground the energy.
Slowly open your eyes.
Tap the top of the head a few times. Begin in the front/center of the head and tap outward and down - moving from the front to the back of the head. Then massage the earlobes.
Note: for a 13 minute practice, take 3 deep breaths in the beginning (1 minute), then 6 breaths for each element on a 10 second inhale/10 second exhale pace (10 minutes), then end with 3 lower belly breaths (1 minute) and then tapping and earlobe massage for a minute.