My Morning Routine

I’ve been wanting to share this here because mornings are my fav part of the day and also my most productive time. But I wasn’t able to establish a consistent routine until recently. So, here it goes. My morning routine…

4:30 am. I wake up really early. My alarm is set at 4:50 am but obviously, I wake up before it. The first thing I do is check my current state or what I’m feeling. Unfortunately, I always find myself being anxious and so, the next thing I do is pray.

4:50 am. I am inside the bathroom, brushing my teeth and washing my face. Also, doing my personal businesses.

4:55 am. I am inside my room, combing my hair. After that, I put on my socks and head downstairs.

5:00 am. I am drinking my first glass of water of the day. Oh, before that, I was putting on my shoes.

5:05 am. I am outside walking and then jogging.

5:30 am. I am back home. I head back to my room.

5:35 am. I am sitting on my floor, meditating.

5:45 am. I am seated in front of my desk, reading my daily devotional books namely:

  • Bible (Today’s English Version)
  • Healing Presence
  • Good morning… God
  • Our Daily Journey

6:00 am. My downtime. I am on my phone.

6:15 am. I am back downstairs to do my workout.

6:45 am. I am cooking breakfast.

7:15 am. I am eating my breakfast, which always consist of fried rice. I won’t have enough energy for the day if I don’t eat rice for breakfast.

7:30 am. I am washing the dishes.

8:00 am. I am cleaning the house.

9:00 am. I am resting, usually with my phone again.

After that, the rest actually varies. Sometimes, I’m the one who cook lunch. Other times, I’m cleaning upstairs. At certain times, I am cleaning the bathroom. And there are also times when I am helping my mom with her job.

That’s it. Good morning, everyone!

Morning walks

Before my alarm clock goes on, my brain comes alive. That’s what has been happening for days. Then, I’ll feel the urge to pee and so, I’ll begin to open my eyes.

I love mornings. By 5:10 am, I’ll be outside. I will be putting on my deep blue slippers with golden straps. I’ll start walking. The first thing I notice is the weather. Is it windy? Is it already warm? I always hope that it’s windy.

I’ll walk. I’ll be hearing different sounds from neighbors’ televisions, from a washing machine, from dogs, from a sizzling pan probably with eggs, from the few early risers. I’ll also smell different fragrances, some nice, others you know what. Oh, I’d also be hearing the noise from various vehicles. I sometimes get blinded by their lights, and annoyed honestly. There were those days, though, when there were only a few of them. Oh, how I long for those kinds of mornings.

I love peaceful morning walks. It’s always nice to watch the sky as it change its color from midnight blue to orange, pink, and then a bright blue. It’s also nice to look at my lefts and rights which are surrounded by trees of various kinds. I could imagine them greeting me as their leaves wave and dance with the wind.

I salute those who walk with me. The struggle of getting up from a comfortable bed is real for everyone. Aside from the walkers, there are also the bikers. To be honest, bikers outnumber the walkers. To be honest, at times, I envy how fast and far bikers can go.

And of course, I could never ignore the chirps of the birds… and the birds. They fly from one place to another while the sun’s making its way up the Earth or technically, when our planet’s rotating towards the sun. I once called the birds my morning walk buddies.

I do envy these little folks’ ability to fly. I’d like to ask them if they ever envy our ability to walk. Oh, those birds, they never get tired of flying. They inspire me to never get tired of walking. I always enjoy watching them even if they could give me a stiffed neck.

Although I enjoy walking, taking in the world we live in, touching the ground beneath us, and feeling peaceful; I always find myself looking forward to returning home. And then while I’m on my way home, I always catch myself looking forward for tomorrow’s morning walk…

My Daily Routine for My Body, Mind, and Soul

Happy Three Kings, my fellow Catholics! Before I go to sleep, I’d like to share to you what I do daily for my body, mind, and soul. It involves a lot of reading and quiet moments. Here’s the list.

1. Good MorningGod

Good MorningGod is a book that I bought before the last year ended. It consists of daily messages written by the author to help the readers have and keep a close relationship with God. It is basically a devotional book that should be read every morning of the entire year. Beside the date are Bible verses that readers may read to complement with the day’s message.

2. Yoga Revolution

I think it was 2015 when I found the YouTube channel called “Yoga with Adriene”. My interest in yoga started during those times. I eventually forgot about the channel after practicing some of the yoga routines that it features.

Due to health reasons, my desire to do yoga daily this year arises. I searched for yoga routines, and was really delighted when a video from Yoga with Adriene appeared on the recommended videos. I clicked on the channel and saw Adriene’s 31-Day Yoga Resolution. It’s just what I needed. I actually just started the series yesterday and so far, I am loving it.

I love Adriene’s objective for the Yoga Revolution, I love how she executes the routines. It was a very compassionate yoga centering on sukha or ease.

3. Our Daily Journey

Come evening and I’m in my sister’s room where I am sleeping with three books. One of them is Our Daily Journey. Like Good Morning… God, it is a daily devotional book. Each page, which also denotes a day, contains two Bible verses that you should read; an article written by different authors, which is usually featuring a true-to-life story in relation with the verses; and, a question at the end that you have to answer and reflect to.

This is my second Our Daily Journey book. I’m proud to have finished its volume for 2016.

4. Bible reading

I am following a Bible reading plan from the Our Daily Journey book. At the bottom part of each page are the verses that needed to be read on that particular day so that you may be able to complete reading the Bible in a year.

Reading Bible, especially the Psalms and Proverbs, has helped me in so many things like to be strong, to not worry, and to always put my trust to God.

5. Healing Presence

This is the third book that I read at my sister’s room. Healing Presence (Prayers for Healing) basically contains prayers for oneself and for others. It also has messages of hope and love, as well as Bible passages to read for when you’re in need.

I love praying the prayer for mine and my loved one’s healing of body, mind, and soul.

6. Calm

Finally, I end my day with daily meditation courtesy of the mobile application, Calm. I am alloting 3 to 10 minutes of my day for quiet moments, deep breathes, gratitude, loving kindness, and some more awesome things. It is very relaxing to meditate. Although it isn’t always easy to concentrate, I believe I still get to reap the benefits of meditation. I get to calm my mind.

So long as I can, I will keep on doing my daily routine. It has been helping me in clearing my mind of negative thoughts, in being at peace, in enduring any physical pain and tension that I am experiencing, in relaxing, and in keeping my relationship with God as tight as it should be.

May you find a routine too that works best for your body, mind, and soul. I hope you’d have a chance to check the channel, app, and books-especially the Holy Bible-that I’ve mentioned in this blog post. They may work for you too.

I’m off to bed now. Good night and God bless you!