WELCOME TO FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS
This morning I woke up at 5AM.
I was restless in bed and eager to start my day, full of energy.
The first thing I did was light an organic incense, after that I joined a early risers group meditation via Headspace. Soon after I brew Living Tea - Nothing compares starting your day with an amazing tea bowl.
Following this morning ritual I was ready to jump on work.
My mind felt sharp and focused since there was not much noise and most of the world around me was still asleep.
By 8AM I had accomplished much work and taken many "to do's"
off my list.
This got me thinking about the world of Early Risers and the world of Late Risers, the different approaches and different energies we come in contact with depending on our life choices and lifestyle.
Life moves in ebb and flows - everything and everyone is constantly changing. Including our habits, which is fascinating to me.
When I am in India my wake up call time is / was 3:15AM and the reason being is because my late teacher Sri K Pattabhi Jois, wanted me at the Yoga Shala at 4AM - By 7AM I had finished my asana yoga practice six days a week. By 7PM I was in bed. This was typical on my many trips to India, as well as when I was teaching Ashtanga Yoga, early morning, Mysore style in Los Angeles six days a week. Class started at 6AM and I had to open the studio by 5:30AM.
Fast forward many years later, now, I am not an "early riser" for the most part. Although today, yes, I was. Usually I wake up between 8:30AM and 9AM on work days and on ralaxation days I sleep in - sometimes past 10AM, which feels like a real luxury.
I think is interesting to observe the time we go to bed and the time we wake up.
I am not a big fan of alarm clocks - I am lucky - I have trained my mind to wake up at whatever time I tell myself to wake up which is decided the previous night. I just wake up. I think we can train our brains to do that.
I don't believe in sleeping with your phone right by your side.
Clear yourself from EMF - Electromagnetic Field is a physical field produced by eletrically charged objects. It interacts with your own natural magnetic field and this can cause imbalances in your system.
If you sleep with your phone by you, turn on AIRPLANE mode.
The Iphone recently launched "Bedtime" Sleep Analysis on your phone suggesting it is healthier to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Bedtime can be found by the ALARM App on your phone. It also keeps track of how many hours you sleep and you can set goals for yourself in the App.
Sleep is one of the most healing and healthy things we can offer our body, our mind and our spirit.
Sleep is so important.
Read the book Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffignton - the founder of The Huffington Post. Her book will fascinate you in many ways.
If you have to set an alarm choose a smooth sound such as the ocean waves, bells, or .... Farm Animals (Lol)
side note: I love waking up to a rooster!
“It's Our Collective Delusion That Overwork And Burnout Are The Price We Must Pay In Order To Succeed"
- Arianna Huffington
ARTICLE I FOUND INTERESTING
This article was written by Andrew Merle for Huffpost - Enjoy!
Here is what I found (in order of wake-up time, earliest to latest):
Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Twitter and Square, wakes at 5am to meditate, exercise, make coffee, and then check in for his work day.
Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder and CEO of VaynerMedia, wakes up at 6am every single day and gets his day started by checking his phone, catching up on the news, and then exercising.
Oprah Winfrey usually wakes up (naturally) between 6:02 and 6:20am and gets her day going by walking the dogs, followed by chai tea or a cappuccino, exercise, meditation, and breakfast.
So while there are outliers on both ends, it does appear as though most of today’s top business leaders are up and at ’em by 7am (and almost certainly by 8am).
While energy levels and work conditions are unique to every individual, early mornings seem to be so popular because they enable you to get a head start on the day before distractions and obligations arise.
Attacking the day on your own terms first-thing also gives you a sense of control in your life. Early morning hours enable you to play offense, instead of being reactive to emails, calls, meetings, and other demands on your time.
It has also been shown that even if you aren’t a morning person, willpower is highest in the morning, which leads to better decision-making. It can be much more difficult to make productive and healthy choices late in the day when your mind is fatigued.
And perhaps most importantly, mornings give you the opportunity to set the tone for the day. Accomplishing something right away — whether that’s clearing out your inbox, exercising, or eating a nutritious breakfast — sets off a chain reaction of other productive behavior throughout the day.
Those are just some of the reasons why early mornings seem to provide a competitive advantage for the most successful people.
There are certainly plenty of examples of accomplished night owls, but there is no denying that most people today do not have the luxury of sleeping in. Therefore, waking up early has become almost a necessity in today’s fast-paced business world.
I am not a natural morning person, and have found the only way to make an early wake-up call tolerable is to get the recommended 7–8 hours of sleep and go to bed by 10pm.
Even with a full night of sleep, my mind is still foggy until I finish my morning run and have a cup of coffee.
But with proper rest, exercise, and coffee, I have actually come to enjoy mornings and undoubtedly recognize the business advantages of waking early.
Perhaps the dynamics of a “normal” business day will shift and become more personalized in the years to come, but for now success seems to favor the early-risers.