Friday, March 26, 2010
Morning Ritual is Back
Something no one told me about adoption that took me a little by surprise was the fog that I entered after bringing Bella home. It is not too dissimilar from the one I entered when I brought my older three newborns home. Life was so crazy before Bella came home, from the preparation of paperwork, appts with social workers and doctors, preparation of Bella's room, packing, gathering of humanitarian aid, and preparation for a new member. Then she is suddenly there (although, it did not feel so sudden.) Life comes to a stand still in some ways and then picks up speed in others. One of the things that fell to the wayside is a concrete morning ritual. I don't think that I exercised or really read a book for 5 months. For two weeks I have been reestablishing my morning ritual. I can feel my mind and body reawakening. Even though I am waking up 45 minutes earlier than I was...I feel more directed, rested, alive, nurtured, patient, and grounded. Just putting it out there for whoever may be tired and feel like there is just enough time in the day...
This is what my routine looks like:
5:45 get out of bed to do a yoga routine, followed by my coffee in a special mug (see above-enjoying it on so many levels), bible study/daily devotional/prayer, and journal writing. I usually have time to get a sandwich or two prepared for lunch and even share a few words over a cup of coffee with Andrew before he is out the door. By the time Bella is up, I am ready to be fully present for her. Okay, maybe not fully present...but I am working on that :) On the weekends, my peaceful time alone is actually lnger because the teens are in bed until later.