Being that I’m away from home for the week this week, I figured today would be a nice day for some nostalgia. Well, nostalgia concerning my normal routine, that is. So I thought you might like a peek at my regular morning routine.
I usually work on the farm at least six days a week, and I wake up VERY early each morning to head to the farm and get there by 5am for my shift. I very literally pick my ass out of bed, put on my crappy tattered farm clothes, grab my keys, a handful of protein bars, and my phone, and head out. I don’t bother with a shower or brushing my teeth, or even combing my hair.
My shifts on the farm are usually between 4 to 7 hours in length depending on what needs done that day and if the owner needs any extra help.
Once I get home, I immediately toss my clothes in the washer and hop in the shower. I do all of my washing, flossing, tooth-brushing, plucking (because I do not grow enough hair on my face to bother shaving), hair combing, other intimate grooming, etc in the shower. I get out and apply lotion, then apply emollient bar to the various scarring on my body to keep them supple so they don’t crack. Deodorant, ear cleaning, all that good stuff comes next.
I then get dressed and spend about 30 – 60 minutes on the floor doing yoga. Once this is done, I move to my altar and do my daily devotional.
What is a Daily Devotional?
Every morning I stand before my altar. I take a few minutes to center and ground myself, and then I light the candle on my altar. I touch each of the corresponding spheres on my altar as I go through this invocation in my mind (obviously, I can’t speak these aloud).
Energies of the North, Earth, and Body… I welcome you
Energies of the East, Air, and the Mind… I welcome you
Energies of the South, Fire, and the Inner Spark… I welcome you
Energies of the West, Water, and the Emotions… I welcome you
I then touch the Gaia statue and continue…
Energies of creation, evolution, and balance… I welcome you
I touch my father’s kila and the mirror of my grandmother and continue…
Beloved ancestors that wish to bestow love and wisdom… I welcome you
I light incense. Usually this is a combination of Nag Champa and Frankincense. I then stand before my altar and take a minute to center myself again so that I am not distracted when I decide to continue. Gratitude comes next…
Thank you for this beautiful new day and all of the opportunities it presents to me to improve myself and the world around me.
Thank you for my safe and secure home, my beautiful and loving sister, my trusted friends, my lovely Luna, and my beloved partner. Thank you as well for the love of my mother and loving care others around me.
Please guide my feet along today’s path so that I may…. (changes from day to day)
Examples: Enjoy the day to the fullest, have safe travels on today’s journeys, have a productive day filled with accomplishments and small pleasures, etc.
I then pick up my daily draw deck for the month and I begin to shuffle. As I shuffle, I am requesting…
I ask that you provide me with a positive message to carry with me throughout my day and foster perspective.
I repeat this as I go through riffle shuffling then switch to a seesaw overhand shuffle until a card falls out (or jumps out). Sometimes more than one card comes out (as you’ve seen in my daily posts). If it is more than two cards, I will put them back and ask for an answer that involves less cards.
Once I have my card of the day before me, I will take a moment to sink into the image and really -feel- the card, then return my attention to my altar to close things out with…
Please accept my gratitude as I strive to learn from your messages and follow your guidance. Today, and Every Day.
I then blow out the candle to close things out, and snuff out the incense.
From there, I will go to the bed and lie down with my legs up the wall. I will settle into a piriformis stretch position, and then meditate (usually to the guided meditations provided in the Calm app on my phone).
Once my meditation is done, I will then head out of the bedroom and feed Miss Luna, get my tea made (complete with collagen peptides added), make a couple pieces of toast with peanut butter, and get my probiotic yogurt out. With tea, toast, and yogurt in hand, I then sit down to take my morning medications and eat.
From there, my day diverges into whatever else I have to get done or do throughout the day, any other shifts I need to work, business tasks that need completed, etc. But, my mornings up until that point? They’re pretty much the same every day except Saturdays.