How do you want to start your day?

So this is the question I have consciously been asking myself each morning when I awake – How do you want to start your day?

Today I chose to rise, brush my teeth and scrape my tongue, head to my yoga room and chant my mantras and meditate. I then woke my husband and daughter and headed to the kitchen to make lemon and ginger tea for me and a drink for my daughter. I kissed my husband goodbye, returned to the kitchen to unstack the dishwasher and then bid my daughter goodbye – reminding her as my Mum used to remind me when I was a moody teen ‘smile and the world smiles with you Beth!’

After the house was empty I showered and dressed and practised yoga – I lit candles, incense and played beautiful music and I made my practice a sacred, sensual, feminine  dance and I loved it!

This. This is how I want to start my day.

“If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches” – Rilke

This really spoke to me today. We have been watching a TV series called This Is Us and in one scene a doctor is comforting a father who has just lost one of his triplets but has chosen to adopt an abandoned baby in its place, he explains to the father how you can ‘take the sourest lemon that life has to offer and turn it into something resembling lemonade.’ Both these quotes are a reminder that we get to choose – not what happens, but, how we deal with it, how we react to it, how we view it, use it and allow it to shape us – how we choose to start our day.

Swami Pragyamurti says starting your day with yoga allows you to colour your day the way you want it – some days  my choices are very different to above, but how lucky are we to have a choice, what a privilege and a joy it is!

May you always be free to choose how to start your day!