Morning Routine

Good morning! I just thought I'd check in at this point with my morning routine for the usual suspects, friends, family, myself in the future, and people who might be interested after I finish this incarnation, et cetera.

This is a weekday morning schedule, and I've discovered through trial and error that it's a good idea to start Saturdays and Sundays with something very similar to this, though the exact timing may vary.

So, the exact way it worked today (it worked particularly well this morning, hence the interest in recording it here) was as follows:

6:07am Wake up, grab the water bottle from beside the bed, put on boxers and bathrobe and go outside to the yoga mat on the East side of the house.



I'm looking these up as I go and will try to include all the Sanskrit names for the poses I do regularly in this post (eventually). Starting with Tadasana Samasthiti (Mountain pose), then reaching up with both arms upward coming together into prayer hands above the head reaching fully looking upward, drawing down to above the crown looking forward, Anjali Mudra, about one breath for each point, then bringing the hands to the chest, then down into Uttanasana (Forward fold) for 5 deep breaths, then rolling up into mountain pose again. Again, reaching up with both arms upward coming together into prayer hands above the head reaching fully looking upward, drawing down to above the crown looking forward, Anjali Mudra, about one breath for each point, then bringing the hands to the chest, then down into Uttanasana (Forward fold) for 5 deep breaths, then Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward dog) 5 breaths, table, cat and calf for about 2 breaths each, doing cat and calf each twice, then cobra (elbows bent, on waist.. "partial"?) for 5 breaths, then laying down on forehead arms to the sides, then up again into upward dog 5 breaths, then down again, and back to child's pose for 5 breaths, then to downward dog 5 breaths, to forward fold 5 breaths, then roll back up to mountain pose. Then Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II) each way, 5 breaths each, and Trikonasana (Triangle pose) each way, 5 breaths each. Then, sitting down and doing a stretch I'm not sure the name of, laying on my back with one knee pointed up toward the sky with foot flat on the ground and the other leg bend at 90 degrees flat on the ground with the knee pointing toward the opposite direction - basically taking the hip thigh joint to the opposite extreme from Lotus. Each side, 5 breaths - then the one where you put your foot on the opposite knee and pull toward the chest - 5 breaths each way. Then sitting in half-lotus and twisting around backwards each way, and a quad stretch for each leg, laying down. Then 5 slow 2 part crunches that Janey showed me, the name for which I do not know. After all of that, I get up, grab the water bottle, and head inside.

6:24am start the water boiling, make coffee, restroom, that sort of thing. 6:29 put the oat meal in the boiling water. 6:34, take the oat meal, phone with speaker, pipe and such, and water all up to the bedroom on a tray, then take the phone and speaker into the restroom and play the "Tibetan Chants of Shartse Monastery" Pandora station while shaving, showering, drying off, and lotioning up.



6:49am Turning off the music, sitting facing eastward with the Reib-Family Buddha statue, as well as the bells and dorjes, on the East wall of my room. Vibrating "Aum... Ahhh... Hom..." large & small bells "Aum... Ahhh... Hom..." large bell once "Aum... Ahhh... Hom..." then waking up the serpent self at the root, inhaling with "shh" and exhaling, flexing the kegels, softly allowing chills-snakeskin-web thing feeling to arise with the "Ssss"... "Shh" "Sss" ... "Shh" "Sss"... Hands together quickly, allowing fixated images to break up into passing flowing impressions, placing them on the furnace point three finger widths below the navel, "Ooooowinnnn... Ooooowinnnn... Oooowinnn". Raising up to Manipura, elevating beyond the "digestion and opinions" understanding of it out through maternal mitochondrial onward interconnected fractal dinner-tabling, "Oooooohhhh" large bell "Ooooooohhhhhh" large bell prolonged tone "Oooooohhhh". Then raising up to the chest and breathing and heartbeat, white light out, love for all, love everywhere, with the lower three filled with golden light as a base, that's all taken care of, the chest is free to love, then "Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh" small bells in the 10 directions, 8 spokes plus up and down, "Aaaaaaaaahhhhh... Aaaaaaaaahhhhh... Aaaaaaaaahhhhh... Aaaaaaaaahhhhh... Aaaaaaaaahhhhh... Aaaaaaaaahhhhh..." Then up to the throat, relating that love to others through communication, "Hungggggggggggggggggggg... Hungggggggggggggggggggg... Hungggggggggggggggggggg..." vibrating the skull, focusing up to the third eye. Bringing the dorje and small bell up to the forehead, holding the dorje more like Padmasambhava does than like my dad did, then "Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..." ringing the small bell "Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.... Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....." putting the dorje down and picking up the wood cylinder to prolong the sound of the small bell - in particular the one I've had since my dad died, his old one, the one familiar from the third eye portion of this exercise since a very young age. Then banging, then raising to above the head, again, then back to above the crown, and banging again. Then placing it down, and sitting upright as before.

Proclaiming:
"To the North and to the South,
to the East and to the West,
to the Spirits of Light among us,
and the spirits below,
we send out our reverent Love and Compassion.
May All Beings be Happy.
May All Beings be Serene.
May All Beings Be in Peace."

Which, incidentally, were the first English words I'd spoken, or even heard unless you count the BMW ad on the Tibetan Pandora station.

Then "Aummm..... Aummmm.... Aummm...." (Clap) Would have put out the incense at this point, but I forgot to light it before I started the meditation.

7:04am Turn the music back on, bless then scarf down oatmeal, get downstairs, get dressed, everything together - then pour the coffee, pack a fresh bowl, and ready to hit the road by 7:13am.



Post-Script: If you haven't already read it, there is a Lunchtime Routine, the record of which goes nicely with that of this morning routine.

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