The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
The full article with some spiritual perspectives was published this morning at Meridian Magazine. If you’d like to read that online just CLICK HERE. Below is a Reader’s Digest condensed version :0)
(We learned about this book at a business convention earlier this summer. The principles and practice of the book was the foundation for one of the very successful business people me met. )
The author, at a very low point in his life (depressed due to serious financial trouble several years after an extremely serious car accident that left his brain and body impaired) stumbled onto the principle of physical exercise and getting up one-hour earlier than necessary to beat his depression. He wasn’t sure what to do with that extra hour, so he created a little acronym, with the word “SAVERS.”
Thirty days later, this author was a changed man and ready to take on the world! He wrote this book about this experience and now it has a very wide online following. with many who have personal proof that the three little pigs (who beat the fox to the fair by arriving at dawn) were also right: The early morning hours are where it’s at for personal power!
Mind you, we did 11 straight years of ver early morning high school, arising at 5 or before each day with our five children for a Church scripture class that began each school day at 6:00 a.m. We thought we’d left getting up at 5:00 AM in the dark behind us! But the book, divine prompting, perspective and the author’s easy to follow acronym have got us taking the 30-day Challenge and we are loving it!
(Please note that It doesn’t have to be 5:00 AM, just so that you have at least an hour before other responsibilities and schedules)
Did you realize that hitting the snooze button repeatedly tells the Universe that you’re reuctant to start the day? Jumping up and getting going sends the message that we’re excited about our lives, the day ahead and its promises! The bleary feeling is gone after the first 5-10 minutes with the following easy preparation. We’ve found that we’re not tired during the day, and not any more or less tired at bedtime.
In a nutshell: You lay out your exercise clothes the night before and put the alarmin the bathroom so you have to get up and get moving! You wash your face, brush your teeth, have a big drink of water, ( since you become dehydrated from a long sleep) then put on your exercise clothes and jump into his life-SAVERS:
S- SILENCE | 5 Minutes: Pray, meditate and focus on gratitude.
A – AFFIRMATIONS | 5 Minutes: Read or repeat personal statements that describe the person you’d like to be and what you’d like to accomplish with your life.
V – VISUALIZATION | 5 Minutes: How you want your day to go, dreams, hopes, etc.
E – EXERCISE | 20 Minutes: Do something physical! We like to get out and walk or run!
R – READING | 20 Minutes: Something meaningful that will improve your life
S – SCRIBING | 5 Minutes: Record in a journal your feelings, aspirations and blessings.
Of course they can be mixed up, and you can spend longer or shorter periods of time for each element.
I am using the timer on my phone and setting it for 5 minutes for the first 3 parts:
1 – Silence: is where it starts and you sit peacefully in a chair to pray and meditate. I have c hallenged myself to learn how to meditate and empty my mind for 5 minutes. This is harder than it seems for those with busy brains like mine! But the Lord is there and is whispering new things to me as I allow Him to with that silence.
2 – Affirmations and 3 – Visualization:
I’ve started a 3-ring binder with my affirmations and visualization that I can flip through. The book now includes my patriarchal blessing. I’m using the plastic 3-hole page protectors so I can easily add pictures, thoughts, etc. I’ve also got a little notebook where I can record notes and ideas.
I’m excited about the fun and power of this binder and using it as a mini vision board! I have the following two statements front and center that remind me of the divine potential in each of us:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. (Marianne Williamson)
In less than 2 weeks, I’m amazed with the personal power that is coming each day! This is a thrill! Getting up and going with that first hour has given me the impetus to get up even earlier so I have another 30-45 minutes to work on my own personal projects that I never seem to have time for!
4 – Exercise: I love walking our neighborhood so early in the morning! The air is fresh, the dew and mist is still on the grass, the sun is just coming up. This week I even watched the moon go down! I listen to my favorite motivational speaker and prepare for my calling as a Sunday School teacher by listening to scripture talks.
5 – Reading: This has always been my favorite thing to do! Twenty minutes isn’t very long, but I set the timer and am making the most with some books that are important to me. By now my mind is bright and awake!
6 – Scribing: Yes, I love to write, but my personal journal has been sadly lacking. My handwriting is terrible and I don’t enjoy writing by hand. The author asks you to figure out some way to do some personal journal writing every day – whether it’s an app, a journal, or whatever.
My great AHA moment came early on: Why not just dictate an email to myself every morning? From my phone? So that’s what I’ve been doing! I use the date as the subject line and can quickly summarize the events of the day before, along with promptings, ideas and feelings from my hour. I send myself the email, then can print it out for a 3-ring binder! Love it!
Now the 30-da y challenges could be just for weekdays – but it feels so good to get up and crackin’ that we may just continue, as apparently many people in the online Miracle Morning community do.
The book elaborates on every element of getting up early and implementing the SAVERS. It does take a little time to get yourself set up, but the benefits and habits that come are very quick and potentially life-changing! Implementing the challenge is as exciting as the first few weeks of a new school year. It’s more fun and productive than I had thought possible and I’ll report on it again in October!
There you have it — and I urge you to give it a try! So much is at stake as we take care of ourselves FIRST so we can adequately serve and be available for those around us!