What daily practices do you use to start your day? When creating morning rituals, it helps to reflect on how each of these little habits are influencing your mindset. Can you feel the affects of them late in the day, in the week, or even the month?
One of the morning habits that I just got back into practicing is reading a section of a spiritual book each day before I go to work. For January, I decided to re-read the book Return to Love by Marianne Williamson. Here is an excerpt of the passage that I read one Thursday morning before school.
“Every situation we find ourselves in is an opportunity, perfectly planned by the Holy Spirit, to teach love instead of fear.”
As I drove to work that day, I felt light and grateful. I prayed to be a vessel for love to flow through, giving and receiving love throughout the day. Walking up to the glass doors of the school, I saw teachers gathered in the cafeteria for a last minute staff meeting. My heart dropped… had someone just died? The principal calmly read a threatening message from a former employee stating he would be at school that day for some revenge. This employee had been mentally unstable so I immediately felt the threat was real. We had extra officers at the building but the plan was to continue the school day as usual except for keeping kids out of the halls and inside the buildings.
After the constant barrage of news stories about shootings, of course our minds immediately went there. But here, I thought, was the perfect opportunity to practice love instead of fear. I could purify my thought forms in this moment. I began to pray for the disturbed individual to be filled with light and love and find healing. I looked at each child and staff member with greater love then ever before. When other co-workers or parents expressed anxiety, I responded with loving words of encouragement that all would be well. And guess what? Within an hour of our meeting, the man was in custody receiving mental health counseling. Children were happily going about their school day. Anxiety had dissipated. All was well. It felt like a tragedy had been averted.
I am so thankful for the words that I read that morning that put me in the right energetic state to face unpredictable circumstances. This is why my daily practice of spiritual reading in the morning makes all of the difference for creating my mindset for the day.
So now I turn the question to you: What little practices do you feel are creating more love in your life?
About the Author: Julie Glaser is a healer who creates sacred spaces for people to share, release, and grow. She’s in the habit of being in awe and wonder and writes to share her own experiences and learnings with other inquisitive souls in the process of transforming.