Updated: Aug 26, 2022
No matter when you wake up, morning, night or any where in between, creating a spiritual routine can gently and powerfully light your way.
There are many different types of morning routines, from those that help you to be more productive, to ones that focus more on your physical health and wellbeing. A spiritual wake up routine is simply one that helps you feel more connected to your soul and spirit. Many of the activities are similar to what you would do during any wake up routine, with a few small changes to help you on your spiritual journey.
Keep a Dream Journal
Before you do anything else when you wake up, write in your dream journal. This is just a journal you use to record any details you remember about your dreams the night before. Details from your dreams will start fading within a few minutes after waking, so if you can, turn your light on and write in it as soon as you get up and out of bed.
If you are someone who tends to wake multiple times during your sleep, with a different dream during each sleeping session, you might want to keep it at your bedside table with a little book light that can be turned on to write in the middle of the night when you wake up if you are day person. I created Your Sleep Sweet Spot Sleep Journal just for this purpose.
Start Your Day With Meditation
After you have written in your dream journal, consider doing a short meditation session. At this point, if your mind is still a little anxious from the dreams you had, it might be a good idea to grab another journal to do some brain dumping. This allows you to get all of those thoughts and feelings out so you can clear your mind better during meditation.
Meditation upon waking up is ideal as you are in a more relaxed state, with less thoughts about what has gone on during the day. It can be a really illuminating time for you, plus it helps you to set intentions for your spiritual day.
Choose Your Daily Mantras or Affirmations
At this point, you can choose some affirmations or mantras for the day. This is another way to set positive intentions for your day. Think about what is on your mind in the morning, whether you have a big goal you need to complete that day or you are working on manifesting something. Choose some affirmations that align with those intentions and write them down. Keep them in mind and repeat them to yourself throughout the day when you remember.
Gratitude and Wake-Up Pages
Another style of journaling you can add to your spiritual wake up routine is with gratitude or wake up pages. Gratitude in the waking up is often different from going to bed. Waking up, it tends to be more about looking inside, being grateful for the start of a new day, for your positive energy, and focusing on your manifestations. Gratitude is also really powerful when it comes to your spiritual growth.
Wake-Up Oracle or Tarot Spread
If intuitive/oracle cards or tarot is part of your spiritual journey, this can be a great time for a quick wake up reading. Give yourself 10-15 minutes to do a fast 3-card spread in the morning. It can be about setting intentions, getting guidance, or just checking in with your current energies. I use various cards depending on my need on any given day. My favorite is The Shaman's Dream by Alberto Villoldo and Colette Baron-Reid. I personally resonate with the the cards and find them splendid. The best part is finding a deck that best resonates with you.
A 1 to 3-card spread can be about your thoughts, feelings, and outlook in the morning, or do cards for your past, current, and future path.
Simple Respiration: Breathing and Relaxing
Breathing is the simplest and easiest way to find complete relaxation and stress reduction. The more deeply you breathe, the more serene you will become. These relaxation tips will help your body wind down and get ready for sleep.
When you first get into bed:
Lie down and breathe deeply through your nose. Imagine the air moving into your stomach. On your next inhale, breathe in for four counts. Exhale slowly through your pursed lips while counting to eight. You will feel the tension leave your body with every exhale. Repeat this technique six to ten times for immediate relaxation. Practice deep breathing daily to develop a healthy habit of regular relaxation. Calming your mind will help you fall asleep.
Or try this one. Before going to bed, try this relaxation technique:
Lie down with your back to the floor and your arms at your side, palms facing upward. Your feet should be comfortably apart. With your eyes closed, mentally concentrate on each part of your body, tensing then releasing each group of muscles.
Starting at the top of your head, release tension as you move slowly down your body. Feel your forehead, eyes, and mouth. Work through your shoulders, neck, and back. Move down to your toes, then bask in the relaxed state you have achieved.
Focus on your breathing, making sure breath is coming from your stomach. Breathe deeply and slowly, letting go of all your concerns and stress. When your body knows it’s okay to let go of your worries and stressors, you’ll be able to go to sleep naturally.
There are many other techniques for breathing and relaxation. Through your experimentation and practice, you can find one that works well for you.
How are sleep and dreams connected to all of this?
Sleep and dreams are a gateway to other states of consciousness and wellness. In dreams, our soul calls us. If we choose to pay attention, this is where we can spark or elevate our spiritual awakening and overall health. We can connect to a greater place of knowledge than we do in waking life alone. The ego takes a back seat and our higher self speaks from a place of truth via symbols, whether you remember or not.
Wishing You Wholeness
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