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Try This 1-Minute Morning Routine to Become More Mindful

 



A perfectly planned morning routine seems to be every millennial’s secret sauce to success. ‘What’s your morning routine?’ has replaced the ‘How are you?’ in the world of small talk.

I am ashamed to say it, but morning routines don’t work for me. My days, needs, and morning moods are as different as the weather in April. I just cannot nail down the one size fits all routine.

But I have found one thing which helps me to become more mindful and set the right intention for the day. And the best thing is, it fits in every schedule.

Being mindful is the key to a happy and satisfying life for me. It ranks higher on the priority list than being productive and becoming a millionaire.


Start Your Day With an Ancient Quote

There are many options to start your day in a mindful way. Meditation, yoga, a walk through the woods, you name it. It is very hard to keep these routines up throughout our busy lives. I have tried it and failed.

It doesn’t matter how far you have come on your journey, starting the day with the right intention will help you increase your awareness throughout the day.

Every morning, the first thing I do is reading my favorite mindfulness quote. I have pinned it on my refrigerator. After reading it, I am making myself a coffee and during the waiting time, I will read it again to let it sink in.

Understanding ancient wisdom takes time and patience. The more often we read the quotes, the deeper gets our understanding.

And sometimes the meaning of a quote changes if we look at it from a different angle. What we practice and focus on becomes stronger.

It doesn’t matter how crazy my day is with this method; I get my daily dose of mindfulness inspiration. This quote sticks on my fridge right now. It has never failed to bring a smile on my face the first thing in the morning.


‘Waking up this morning I smile. 24 brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. ’— Thich Nhat Hanh

The Best Mindfulness Quotes for a Conscious Start Into the Day

Everybody is different and needs a different way to get inspired. These are my favorite mindfulness quotes. Maybe one of them will touch your heart.

If so, write it down and put it in a place where you will see it every morning. That could be the bathroom mirror, next to your bed, or also the fridge.

I have the same quote on the fridge for 2 months now and it helps me to appreciate every moment and be more compassionate.

If you feel you need to focus on a different angle of mindfulness, just mix up the quotes and use what serves you best.

Here are 6 inspirations for you:


“Two things to remember in life: Take care of your thoughts when you are alone, and take care of your words when you are with others. “ — Buddhist Quote

Being aware of our thoughts and speech can change reality for us and others completely. Focusing on negative thoughts affects our emotions and well-being. If you are not intentional about your thoughts, you are giving up a powerful tool for happiness.

A word of compassion towards a stranger or a loved one has the power to transform a whole day into happiness. Try it out, it works.


“You are your own teacher. Looking for teachers can’t solve your own doubts. Investigate yourself to find the truth — inside, not outside. Knowing yourself is most important.” — Ajahn Chah

We are always trying to find somebody or something which provides us with a solution to our suffering. But the truth is, we can only find the answer within ourselves. Teachers can only help us find the right direction. We have to walk the path by ourselves.

I have been consciously exploring myself for about 3 years and every time I think I understand myself; I find out something new. The only way to discover oneself is to listen patiently.


“The mind of an enlightened human being is flexible and adaptable. The mind of the ignorant person is conditioned and fixed.” — Ajahn Sumedho

We are all human. Accepting new concepts has never been our strength. When we are confronted with things we don’t know, it is hard for us to adapt.

Living in a fixed environment feels safer and more comfortable. We have to acknowledge we as humankind only know very little about the world.

We have come far with our science, but there are still so many things we don’t know, don’t understand.

If you are encountering a new culture or concept, listen to your mind and be aware of its defensive attitude. Normally, our minds don’t like to be challenged. Knowing this, you can just let these negative thoughts go and replace them with openness.


“Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

Cherishing the small things in life like a child can give you moments of aww and happiness. Don’t miss out on the wonders around you and practice micro mindfulness.


“Our life is shaped by our mind, we become what we think.” — Buddha

Mastering our mind is a lifetime job. Even we think we cannot control it, we actually can tame it. The little voice in your head rarely shuts up and influences our behaviors and feelings a lot. We can consciously think differently.

Distance yourself from the toxic voice in your head and don’t follow it. Don’t feed in into it. Don’t give the thought any power. Your mind is a horrible leader, you are much better at it. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. You are in power, and you have the choice.


“Patience is a form of wisdom. It demonstrates that we understand and accept the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn

I wish somebody would have taught me to be patient when I was a child.

From a young age, we learn how to do everything quickly to rush on to the next thing on our schedules. Things cannot go fast enough.

Our society does not value patience at all. And that is probably why we are more frustrated, anxious, and distressed than ever before.

Every time we feel impatient holds the opportunity to practice mindfulness and be present. Start by noticing the unbearable feeling of being stuck. Then redirect your attention to the present moment and let go of the resistance.


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