We’ve gathered some resources on both the literal waking up – ways to start your morning, as well as the figurative waking up to the deeper choices for a more full and powerful life. Waking up isn’t hard too hard to do, but it does take a desire to be present to what is and the capacity to imagine and vision infinite possibilities. Enjoy and let us know what you think.
(These resources are unsolicited and personally helpful to Lourdes Paredes)
Waking up and starting your day
Ask for lemons: Seriously, this is tried and true by ILLUMINE’s founder, Lourdes, who has been starting her day with lemon water for over 10 years. Warm, not hot, and add as much lemon as you can tolerate. One more thing: a lemon reamer is seriously a must!
Take it from them: Here’s what well-known business moguls and celebrities do first thing in the morning. Try a few things before committing to something. Be open to what really works for you.
Take a nap: Taking a nap may be the answer, either not getting a good night’s rest, or maybe you’re just not a morning person. Check out napping options near your office. If you are in Chicago, check out Bottom Line Yoga.
Waking up to your best life:
Keep dreaming:This twenty minute 6-phase meditation is a great way to clear the mind and visualize your unlimited potential. If this one doesn’t work for you, find some method that helps you to get quiet and allow your mind to imagine what is possible. Do this before you get bombarded by news, email, and social media.
Discover your dharma: When you put the time and energy into discovering your dharma, the reason you are here on earth, you will very likely bound out of bed passionate and excited to get your day going. Here is a great article with a ton of resources from life coach, Steffani LeFevour.
Get a coach: Getting coaching is the new psychotherapy/analysis. Coaches are trained to understand people and their motivations, as well as help us to identify goals and strategies to achieve them. This article by Abby Hart gives a great understanding of the scope and different types of coaching to see if it is right for you. For resources on Goals Coaching/Accountability, check out Jacki Carr.
Get Quiet Live Loud: Find meditation communities, classes, and resources in your area. In Chicago the Shambhala Center in the West Loop offers classes for beginners, noon drop-in 30 minute meditation sessions, and many more opportunities to get quiet and live loud. In NYC, there are meditation centers easily accessible throughout the city. Check out Shambhala, Ziva, and Shinnyo meditation centers.
Pema Chodron: Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron, has written many books and there are many videos available of her teachings. She will be coming to Chicago for the Awaken Chicago Conference, April 29-May1, 2016.
If you have favorite ways to wake up, please comment below and/or email ILLUMINE: lourdes@illuminechicago,com