5 Ways to Start the Day with a Clear Mind and an Open HeartNone By David Dillard-Wright, Ph.D.
It's no secret that how you start your morning can impact how you feel, function, work, and interact with others for the remainder of the day. In the new book, A Mindful Morning, author David Dillard-Wright, Ph.D., a long-time meditator and professor at the University of South Carolina, Aiken, shares 200 inspiring quotes and practices that can help you start your day more mindfully. Here are 5 of our favorites:
Slow Down to 2/3 Pace
Success can only be one ingredient in happiness, and it is too dearly purchased if all the other ingredients have been sacrificed to obtain it. —Bertrand Russell, Philosopher
Wanting to get things done without regard to the manner in which they are done will certainly kill any prospects for mindfulness practice. We are very good at discovering what needs to be done and when it needs to be done: We are less good at the how. Because we are so focused on the quantity of our achievements, the quality of our experiences get neglected. We rush through life, forgetting to care about the richness that life offers. We forget to care about other people, we forget to care about aesthetic beauty, and we forget to care about our own well-being.
This morning, try doing everything that you would ordinarily do at 2⁄3 the pace. Drive more slowly, walk more slowly, and talk more slowly. Notice your own reactions to this process, including any fear that might arise from not getting things done. See if other people notice the difference and gauge whether their reactions are positive or negative. See if you are able to be more observant and connected while taking life slowly.
Respect Your Power
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. —Nelson Mandela, South African Anti-Apartheid Revolutionary
Most of the misery that we face in life is self-caused. Events are good or bad, not in themselves but based on our reactions to them. We can choose to go down the path of resentment and rage, or we can choose to go down the path of reconciliation and recovery. We cannot control the entire world stage, but we can choose how to respond to circumstances as concerned individuals and as members of society. Our choices, no matter how small, ripple ou