November 11, 2015

Morning Intentions.

morning yoga

Dear morning,

I want to wake up to the smell of an autumn breeze, rather than a pot of coffee.

I want to get my energy from the sunlight, rather than a high-protein breakfast.

I want to feel its reflection on my lashes and watch it slowly embrace my cornea, and the layers behind it.

I want the sound of chirping birds to serve as white noise—not the TV.

By this time, I want every nightmare and every anxious thought to have vanished.

I want to stretch my limbs with as many postures as I can, from my neck and shoulders to my arms and wrists. Then, I want to focus on my lower body—my lower back, thighs, calves and the tips of my toes.

I want to take in deep breaths, and during every exhale I want to inform my deflating heart that it’s going to be okay.

I want to sit alone and stare out the window, not because I am depressed or lonely, but because I intentionally want to be alone.

I want to talk to my mind by writing in my journal, rather than distracting it with a neglectful phone conversation.

I want to conclude my ritual by sending positive energy to my day, promising to be nice to myself, go easy on my heart, accept the things I can’t control and let go of the ones that don’t feed me.

I promise not to hide behind fabricated fears and use the word “anxiety” as an alibi to keep myself safe from invisible enemies. I promise to imagine a magic wand that mutes any high level noises I don’t like.

I promise to smile, a lot.

I promise to smile until I physically feel like every organ in my body is smiling.

I promise not to be a superhero, securing my own mask before tending to others as instructed on the plane.

I promise not to explain myself to people who don’t understand my sensitivity, and I also promise not to judge them for it.

I promise not to turn down new experiences and environments because of premeditated assumptions and fears.

I promise not let other people’s suffering bring me down, but rather to use my powers to bring them up.

I promise to try to wake up like this, every morning.


Relephant Read:

How to Have an Illumined Morning with Ayurveda.


Author: Houry Seuk

Editor: Toby Israel

Photo: Vinoth Chandar/Flickr // Matt MacGillivray/Flickr


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Marc Nov 11, 2015 9:09pm

What great words to wake up to! Great article elephant journal

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Houry Seuk

Houry Seuk is a lifestyle magazine editor, journalist, stylist, event planner, PR girl and she holds many other titles. For her, limiting yourself to one specific “title” is an obstacle to achieving your dreams. She’s a 5th culture kid. A permanent expat. She loves the word “hiraeth” a Welsh word that translates to “a deep longing for home.” She loves to write about mental health, society, culture and people. She’s also a bride-to-be marrying her twin soul. Now that’s a story she absolutely has to tell…