My favorite time of the day is early morning, before sunrise. One of the habits I teach is “Start the Day Right”, which is about using the potential of this early morning energy to orient towards more ease, connection and gratitude. There was a time when I never imagined I’d be an early morning person (there were nights I was going to bed at the same time I now wake up!). But even if you’re not an early riser (yet!), you can still do this simple practice.
Yogic and Ayurvedic traditions call the time between 3:30am and sunrise “Brahma Muhurta” – the time of the Creator. Or we can say it as “the time in which we create ourselves.” This early morning time is when the mind is most stable and has the greatest neuroplasticity, meaning that we have the potential to create new neural pathways, new mindset, new orientation.
These transition times of the day – night into morning and daytime into nighttime – are periods in which we can tap into the potential of liminal thinking. Liminal thinking is the art of creating change by understanding, shaping, and reframing beliefs.
What beliefs and thoughts are you awakening to each morning? Are you starting the day orienting towards stress, overwhelm, disconnection? Are you in a deficit mindset? Instead, can you commit to taking a minute – just a minute – to express gratitude and feel the ways in which life IS supporting you? To feel the abundance of nature and how she is always trying to nourish you? To feel the heart connections in your life and appreciation for all that is, in its state of imperfect perfection?
This simple practice of orienting towards abundance and gratitude is one of the most powerful practices for creating stability in mind, emotions and body. What we orient towards becomes our reality.