Life can be scary, especially when we let our imaginations go and conjure all sorts of disasters waiting to befall us. Or, our imaginations can be more petrifying by not dishing up anything specific but yet terrorizing us with the Nebulous Unknown.
I hope one or all of these selections can help you feel grounded and safe when you’re in the throes of fear and anxiety:
The Cradle Song composed by Brahms
Ave Maria composed by Franz Schubert
Ave Maria composed by Bach/Gounod
Canon in D Major composed by Pachelbel
Clair de Lune composed by Debussey
Let it Be composed and sung by The Beatles
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star sung by Jewel
Over the Rainbow as sung by Judy Garland
Angel Standing By as sung by Jewel
If you have favorite songs that help you feel calm and safe, please share in the comments below. Thanks!
Feel free to add others that are your favorites. Sometimes as I sing and dance along with these songs, I tweak the lyrics to make them more powerfully specific to me. Feel free to do the same!
Your homework today is to make a playlist for yourself, one that’s filled with songs that motivate you toward your goals and dreams. If you already have one, then update it (Please remember to respect the hard work of the artists and download songs from reputable services). Have fun with this!
Play these songs first thing in the morning to get yourself charged up for a great day and to catapult you into taking the next step toward your dreams. Also, play the list throughout the day to keep you going.
You can do it!
Post in the comments section the songs that are your favorites for feeling good and motivating yourself.
As you know, right now this is one of my go-to fun activities.
~Singing any old which way you feel like it in the moment
This was offered by a long-time reader of this blog. This is a great way to oxygenate your system, a fun way to move around and get a little exercise, and you can’t help but feel better after singing at the top of his/her lungs! 🙂
~Taking the time to make a delicious breakfast
This was suggested by a friend of mine who enjoys home cooking but doesn’t always take the time to make breakfasts she loves such as pancakes, waffles, and vegetable scrambled eggs.
~Sitting outside with a cup of coffee and reading the newspaper
A neighbor offered this one. He has a small “grove” of pine trees and in it nestled an Adirondack chair. Now with it lighter in the mornings, he sometimes sneaks out there to read for a few minutes before heading off to work.
~Reading in a fun book
A young mother who does a lot of technical reading for her job loves to wake up a little early and read her latest fun book–or mind candy book, as she calls it! 🙂
An artist friend of mine enjoys doodling first thing in the morning. She doodles shapes, symbols, or random strokes; sometimes she uses graphite pencils and sometimes she used magic markers or crayons.
A friend of mine has a high pressure management position and she likes to fold origami. In the mornings when she does it, the activity becomes a meditation for her. And afterward, not only is her soul nourished but she has a pretty flower or animal to show for the efforts, which boosts her spirits. And the origami also boosts the spirits of the person she gives it away to. Cool!
I know what you’re thinking: what the heck is ironing doing on this list of fun activities to do in the morning?! Believe it or not, I have a friend who enjoys ironing early in the morning. She likes that it lends itself to meditation. She also likes the smell of the hot iron on the cotton fabric–it connects her to her childhood and memories of her mother. And she and her family have crisply pressed clothes in the bargain!
As you can see, there are a variety of different activities. The common thread through them all is pleasure. Each of these activities weren’t something that the person had to do; they were activities that the person chose to do for the simple fact that it gave them pleasure.
Feel free to share the activities you enjoy doing in the morning. Thanks! Remember to add them to your morning routine!
Last week we talked about James Allen’s recommendation that we get up when our alarm clock first rings. He claimed that this simple act strengthens our will, leading to self-mastery, which is the cornerstone of a successful and fulfilling life.
This got me to thinking a little deeper about morning routines. We all have one, whether it’s something regimented or if it’s a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, we all have certain things we do in the morning to get us up and going and out the door, reasonably on time.
When we think of the phrase “morning routine” it conjures up serious activities such as meditating and exercising. These are great activities and they certainly are worthy of being included in our morning routine, but what if we also included some “fun stuff”?
How would it make us feel to give ourselves enough time to sit quietly outside with our morning coffee or tea and watch the sunrise? What kind of a boost would it give our spirits?
How about scheduling in time for us to do something that’s totally indulgent and even frivolous for ourselves: practicing magic tricks, learning how to juggle, playing the kazoo, learning how to do handstands, or my favorite activity of practicing our bubble blowing technique?
Do you think this would put a spring in our steps and get us off to a happy start in our day?
I think so! I also think it’s worth a shot!
Let me know what totally indulgent and frivolous things you like to do. No worries if you can’t think of anything. Tomorrow we’ll talk about a few things you can do.
There is a sense in which every day may be regarded as the beginning of a new life in which one can think, act, and live newly, and in a wiser and better spirit. ~James Allen
I came across a reading of a James Allen work entitledMorning and Evening Thoughts. As the title indicates, some of these thoughts are intended for the morning and the others are meant to be read at night just before sleep. Even so, they are all profound and, in my opinion, are good to listen to regardless of the time of day. In fact, if you can manage it, this recording could be helpful to have running as you go about the tasks of your day.
Just a note: James Allen had a deep faith. In some of these thoughts, he talks about Jesus and other Christian ideas. Please don’t let that hinder you! Feel free to substitute other holy or wise people such as Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi, or the Dalai Lama,. Feel free also to use descriptors that fit with your philosophy or faith such as instead of God, use The Universe, The Divine Intelligence, or The Great Spirit.
Have a listen and let me know what you think:
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Crafting a deeply meaningful, soul-prospering life