The Pursuit of Calm: #6 

“WHEN YOU ARISE
IN THE MORNING,
THINK WHAT A
PRECIOUS PRIVILEDGE
IT IS TO BE ALIVE,
TO BREATHE,
TO THINK,
TO ENJOY,
TO LOVE.”
-MARCUS AURELIUS

MORNING…a time of no-time, of stillness, of presence, of nowbeing, of being with yourself.
The value I get from getting up early has absolutely nothing to do with having access to more hours so that I can cram more into my day – in fact, it’s the complete opposite. The value stems from the calmness and solitude of the hour, and the potentiality available to me to use the time to reflect, to simply sit quietly, to engage with my breath and compose myself for the day ahead – but mainly, it’s a time to purposefully do nothing at all.

The calming ambience of darkness, stillness, candles and a mediative cup of coffee – all fund, and are instrumental, to making my early morning an incredibly rewarding time. It is the actual daily-practice of non-doing that is, in itself, a tempering process.

The real power of waking up early is to establish a foundation of calm composure – it’s by instilling this sense of space at the beginning of the day, that we are more likely to carry, and have access to, a robust sense of inner calmnessthroughout the day, than had you gone to bed late, slept in, jumped out of bed, scrolled through your social media and email, whilst mindlessly swallowing your cornflakes, with the TV on.

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Watch this terrific 10min video from my mate Sadhguru on the importance of alone time and dedicating time to being silent.
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By grounding yourself in calmness first thing in the morning, you are practicing to remind yourself that things are always changing, you are making yourself alert to the very things that you do have control over, and just as importantly, you can prepare and pre-compose yourself for the things that you do not have control over.

In short, this discipline provides a constancy which is independent of what kind of a day you had yesterday, and what kind of a day you anticipate today.

Waking up early and actively engaging in doing nothing, has such a profound effect on your day ahead.
Waking up early, and actively engaging in doing nothing every morning of the year will transform your life.

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My next post: ‘Decide the Night Before.’
In my opinion, if we truly desire to become a *better person, then we need to master the very neglected art of ‘going to bed as best as we can, so that we can wake up the best we can’…by practicing what is required everyday to achieve this, your life will, after some effort…begin to become much more effortless…aka calm.

“Morning is when I am awake and there is dawn in me…
We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake,
not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn,
which does not forsake us on our deepest sleep.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable
ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavour.
It is something to be able to paint a particular picture,
or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful;
but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere
and medium through which we look…
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”
Thoreau, Walden.