I admit it, mornings are not my hour to shine. I am totally a late night person whose creative moments are between the hours of 9 pm-midnight. However, with a toddler, this schedule is not so ideal. I resisted waking up and continued to fight the hours of 5-7 am but Arthur persisted to wake at these times. I realized I was the one who had to change.

Finally, it dawned on me, I craved a morning routine. One that makes me excited to become an early riser. But what? After a week in Hawaii and doing morning mantras and meditations, I realized this was it, my daily routine.

Sure, it doesn’t look like it did when I was in solitude but it is worth it none the less. Sometimes during my mantras, I am also getting food prepared or swaying with Arthur in my lap. Previously I let these reasons become an excuse for me not to practice, not to show up for myself. Now, I’d rather be committed and include real life into my practice than make it the reason to avoid want I deeply desire.

Do you have practices or rituals in your life that appear or feel differently now but you are committed to them and incorporate them anyways? I would love to hear how you are doing it!