For the past three years or so, I have been setting my alarm to go off at 5:30AM every weekday morning. I am a morning person, and this is early even for me. My intention when the alarm goes off is to wake up before anyone else in my household is stirring, get out of bed, and head to my meditation cushion. I sit in quiet for 20 minutes or so. Sometimes, I journal. Sometimes, I add in a few light stretches. I listen to the traffic go by. As spring approaches, I listen to the birds singing and calling to one another. As the days lengthen, I bask in the sunlight that begins to spill over the North Street hill to the east from where I sit.
There are definitely days when I hit snooze several times. There are also days when I feel too preoccupied to sit still and instead dive into leftover tasks from the day before.
Setting the alarm reminds me of the commitment I have made to myself – a commitment to give priority to self-care and spiritual practice. The commitment has formed a routine, and while the routine doesn’t always look the same each and every day, it has become a lodged comfortably in my muscle memory. If I begin to stay too far afield from the commitment, my body, mind, and heart know it.
What are the commitments that you have made to yourself? How do you remind yourself of these commitments?
This month, I encourage you to reflect on your commitments, especially the ones that have become habit or routine. Consider letting go of ones that no longer suit your spiritual needs and adopting new ones that are more in alignment with the direction you’d like to go in the days ahead.
And, feel free to let me know how it’s going in the comments below.
PS – As a bonus, you might enjoy reading this poem by Laura Mancuso.