Morning Rituals

Hello!

I wanted to give you a window into what my mornings look like as they have become the backbone for me staying grounded in this ever changing time in my life. These rituals or practices can be done truly anywhere which makes it easy to do it wherever I am. To give you a general time line of what my morning looks like I wake up around 5:30-5:45am and get to my movement routine by 7:45am. I understand that is a lot of time to commit and it did not happen overnight. It has taken me years to finally nail down a routine that works for me and giving myself the proper amount of time. I enjoy moving slowly in the morning so giving myself this much times allows me to show up fully for the rest of my day. Also note that on the weekends I tend to sleep in and also some days during the week if my body is asking for it. I honor that first but still try to maintain my practices even if they are cut a little shorter. If you are looking to start your mornings earlier I suggest setting your alarm just 10mins earlier each day and see what you do with those extra 10mins.

Journal \ I start each morning writing 5 things I am grateful for, 10 dreams I made happen (these are things I am calling into my life and writing them in present tense) and the goal I am going achieve first from my dreams list. I then write free form stream of consciousness for the next 3 pages. I took that piece from The Artist’s Way and cannot imagine a morning without doing it.

Tea Ceremony \ I sit each morning for a minimum of 30mins. Ideally I would love to sit longer yet committing anytime is just as valuable. This is my time to deeply feel my body waking up and connecting with nature and myself. I’ve been playing Riley Lee lately and its aids to a great start to the day. If you want to learn more about my tea practice you can read about it here.

Meditation / Daily Reprogramming Exercise \ This has been a wonderful addition to my morning. I pull my journal back out and work through To Be Magnetics DRE’s. This work has helped me to get clear on where I am limiting myself from fully showing up and going through a meditation (or deep imagining) to reprogram those beliefs. When I am not doing the DRE’s I do a 20 mins mindful meditation. I use insight timer and really love it!

Movement \ At this point in my morning I do light stretching to wake my body up and progress to my daily physical therapy exercises and depending on the day I will head to the gym to run or get outside to hike. I like to alternate days between these two actives and trying to hike and run 3 times a week each.

If you feel called to try one or a few of these things let me know how they help you! I love reading what you all do and it truly lights up my heart to share conversations with you all.

May your mornings be full of things that light you up and bring you into presence and grounded energy for the day ahead!

Lots of love from Colorado!

-Rachel

Sustainable Saturday - 05

I am back from Costa Rica and man on man what an amazing holiday it was! When I have traveled in the past I have been a planner and organizer down to all the small details and this trip I let go! It was the most freeing and rewarding experience, I was able to truly learn and take in being completely present in every moment. We woke up when we felt we had enough rest and slept when the timing felt right and some nights that meant 7pm. 

For the first time in what seems like my life as I walked along the beach at sunset our first full day I felt free and light with my mind completely still. No racing thoughts, frustrations, fears or anxiousness it was completely 100% still. It felt as if all my anxiety about this unknown future I have lying in front of me that I have wrapped my mind and energy around day in and day out was gone.

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This freedom allowed me to be vulnerable to open up to new experiences and people. I met amazing women and men, took spontaneous motorcycle rides (my first time ever!), surfed in the pacific ocean, took a spanish spoken yoga class, learned and practiced my very little spanish knowledge, danced with no fears or insecurities, enjoyed the local sodas with traditional Costa Rican food, climbed to a waterfall and half scaled a cliff, zip lined through the canopy and truly learned to live life blissfully and presently. 

As I've transitioned back into my New York life  I am bringing back this stillness with me and its allowing much ease in my life. I am refocused and calmed in hectic situations that living in this city presents daily, such as those you simple encounter on the subway. Finding new ways to bring that stillness daily, I have introduced a simple new meditation practice and also truly listening to my body. When you choose to go where your gut and your heart lead you it brings a tremendous about of relief and calm into life. 

Sustainable Saturday - 04

One key to finding consciousness in personal wellness is through truly listening to your body and taking the precautions to forgo the things that don't resinate with your body! 

I am Costa Rica bound next week and knew I needed to prepare my body for the changes ahead. My body can become very frustrated with me when I travel, I easily can get sick, bloated and swollen. So instead of waiting for the inevitable I have taken the past two weeks to begin to boost my immune system and prepare it for the adventure ahead in Costa Rica!

I have added some new morning and nightly additions to my daily routine that I also have found generally help with my regular day to day New York life. Plus these simple additions can all be found in sustainable zero waste alternatives! Simply buying majority in bulk and or in reusable glass containers! 

  1. A nightly Turmeric Milk:  this traditional Indian healing spice works wonders it helps with inflammation, brain boosting and increases antioxidants
  2. Morning Apple Cider Vinegar with warm water this helps strengthen my gut and regulate my digestion 
  3. Morning Probiotic- GUT HEALTH!!
  4. Oil of Oregano which is a natural antibiotic and also helps with inflammation
  5. Daily Meditation
  6. 3 minutes of Cat Cow, this kundalini practice helps to massage all the nerve junctions in your spinal cord and regulate the thyroid gland

Golden Milk Recipe 

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup Cashew Milk (or any other nut milk)
  • 1/2 tsp. Golden Turmeric (I use Moondeli)
  • Pinch of Nutmeg 
  • Pinch of Cinnamon 
  • Pinch of Ground Ginger 
  • Pinch of Ground Vanilla 
  • Pinch of Cardamom 
  • Optional:Pinch of Moondeli Calming Adaptogen

What you will need 

  • Sauce Pan 
  • Whisk 

How To:

  • Begin to warm the milk in sauce pan to a light boil
  • Sprinkle in spices and begin to whisk all together 
  • Continue to whisk until froth begins to form and then reduce the heat and enjoy! 

 

Let me know below in the comments how you prepare for your travels! 

 

 

Sustainable Saturday - 03

This week with International Women's Day I explored a conscious look into practices combining mental and physical health and how closely related they are through the powerful teachings of incredible woman! 

I had the pleasure to practice with Guru Jagat twice while she made a stop in New York. A full immersion into kundalini yoga and reprograming the system. Guru Jagat broke down the programing we have been passed down from our parents and through child trauma. We then practiced  how to clear and open up space for new positive programming in the mind. I left feeling a complete bliss and weight released from within. I since have begun including a few very energizing and distressing practices into my morning routine, more to report on that soon! You can practice with Guru Jagat through her digital platform RA MA TV or Here.    

 The Class by Taryn Toomey  is one I have been eyeing for awhile but with a high price tag for a 65min class I've resisted but my luck came and this week after a post for a half off class showed up on instagram and I had to go. This class will challenge your mind and body beyond the limit we have falsely created in our minds. It will make you want to vomit and while also rolling over and playing dead. But by the end you break through the blocks and feel a new sense of energy and push come and you are ready to full complete the class no stopping. It breaks down the roadblocks in our minds to get out of the comfort zone that says no, not interested I cannot do this anymore and you are able to push yourself. It is one insanely powerful practice that I am not hooked on! She has locations in New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver if you live in these locations and have the opportunity  to go, GO you will not regret it! 

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's book was the perfect read to included in my weekly round up. The 48page book that shows light on the inequality of women  and how powerful it is to stand up together. "All of us, women and men, must do better." Check it out!

How did you honor and support the women of the world this week? Comment and Share below! 

 

Sustainable Saturday - 01

Saturdays are for reflecting and recapping on the past week for me and what better way then to share with you all what my week was filled with. A weekly post on what I have read, listened to, watched and experienced in the journey to a Living Baree lifestyle. 

Books: Invincible Living by Guru Jagat a easy to read book introducing and exploring the practice of Kundalini yoga. Filled with detailed practices you can introduce into your daily life. It is a must read! 

Must WatchWaste Land a document releasing in 2010 showing Brazilian artist Vik Muniz's journey to document the people working in the world's largest landfill Jardim Gramacho (now closed). 

Podcast: The Ezra Klein Show Elizabeth Kolbert: We have Locked in Centuries of Climate Change. She simplifies how climate change is happening to better understand and it leaves you ready to start making an environmental difference to help save our planet! 

Events: Meeting of the Minds  a networking and social gathering event to unite revolutionary minds. This event takes place all over the United States and is expanding globally. It is filled with like minded people speaking and discussing the changes we wish to see in the world and how to begin to make these changes! Also featuring guest speakers Sah D'Simone, Jennifer Rossano of Neurotic Mommy and Joshua Dorfman speaking about the importance of a keeping a healthy gut and introducing meditation to our lives! 

 

What were the highlights of your week? Any incredible details you want to share with the Living Baree community?