If you’ve been reading my blog (THANK YOU, by the way!!!), you know that I’ve been teasing a post about my morning routine, the Miracle Morning, for some time now. Well, I figured it’s about time I tell you more about it.
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As you’ve probably guessed, I’m a big fan of Kara from Boho Berry. Seriously. If I were ever to meet her in real life, I would definitely have a fan-girl moment. A (long) while ago, she posted about this new thing she was trying in the morning called the Miracle Morning. At first, I have to admit, I was not convinced. I’ve always been a morning person and never had trouble getting up, so I couldn’t see the point in this method for me.
Fast forward six months later. In January, I set goals for myself and decided that I wanted to live a better, more positive and more balanced life. That’s when I reread Kara’s posts about the Miracle Morning (here and here) and started doing a little research about it online. What I found intrigued me enough that I went to my local library to borrow the book that started it all by Hal Elrod: The Miracle Morning – The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed To Transform Your Life Before 8 A.M.
I read it in four days. I’m not even kidding.
The book starts with Hal’s life story. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but let’s just say that he went through some very disturbing and serious stuff. Along the way, he started reading self-help books and at some point, he developed his own method, using bits from here and there. As he realized that his routine was helping him tremendously, he started telling friends and family about it. Everyone that tried it noticed positive changes in their lives. So, Hal decided to write a book, to share it with even more people.
So, how does it work?
Well, essentially, it’s a routine that asks you to get up at the same time every day. Yes, every day. Even on weekends! 😉 I’m not an expert on sleep, but even I know that it’s better for our bodies to get the same amount of sleep every night and to have a “schedule”.
After waking up, it’s time to do the life S.A.V.E.R.S. It’s an acronym that stands for:
Silence (or meditation)
Scribing (or journaling)
Hal Elrod tells us that by starting each day with these simple six steps, our life will improve. And I’ve got to say that I agree.
The beauty of the Miracle Morning is that you can easily adapt it to your needs. We’re busy. Trust me, I get it. But, seriously, you can make it your own.
You can spend an hour on it, or only 15 minutes, depending on the time you have. Some days, I have meetings and have to be at school at 8:30 a.m when other days, my schedule allows me to get in at 10:30 a.m. Needless to say, when I start earlier, I keep my routine to a minimum with an average of 3 minutes per step. When I have more time, I do a longer meditation, read more pages and do a full work out instead of just a few sun salutations.
It’s also possible to switch the S.A.V.E.R.S. around, but always start with a few minutes of meditation. Personally (like many), I keep the exercises for last. That way, I can jump in the shower afterwards to get ready for my day.
At the end of the book, Hal puts the reader to the challenge. He encourages us to do the Miracle Morning for 30 days. Why 30? Because if it takes 21 days to create an habit, another week will really anchor it.
When I finished reading, I immediately created a spread in my bullet journal to keep track not only of my 30-day challenge, but of the main ideas I wanted to take from this read.
* Don’t know what a bullet journal is?
My post The Bullet Journal – Why I Use It & Why It Works will explain everything!*
At first, let’s be real, it was NOT easy to get right up when the alarm rang. (I still struggle with this, to be honest. I have a tendency to start scrolling through my social media feeds. Ugh. I’m working on that.) But, I’m now at my 57th morning and the S.A.V.E.R.S. are now a part of my routine, just like brushing my teeth before going to bed. It’s not a struggle and I do feel like it’s made a difference in my life.
Simply telling myself how awesome I am and all the wonderful things I deserve is uplifting. Visualizing my perfect life has made me get off my butt and DO things. I mean, within a month I bought a fracking house!!! And while I still think that I need to be more active and get in better shape, just the fact of moving for a few minutes in the morning helps to get my energy flowing.
I can’t go into all the details of Hal Elrod’s life, the Miracle Morning or the effects it has on people into a short blog post. I highly recommend that you read the book, if only to learn about this wonderful man and his inspiring resilience. Maybe you’re like me and you can’t see the point of it… yet. But I promise that after reading Hal’s words, you’ll have a different mindset. And in the meantime, you can join Miracle Morning communities on social media, if you’re curious!
Are you an adept of the Miracle Morning? Or do you have another kind of morning routine? Tell me all about it in the comments below, on Facebook or on Instagram!
Thanks for reading and until next time!