Morning routines, evening routines and why it doesn’t matter which ones you choose

by | Nov 16, 2017

UPDATED: Jan-2018

Finding the right one for you, means looking at all the systems from a different point of view.

Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, Walldorf, Buddhism, Judaism, Celticism. The list could go on. They are all systems, a way of life, offering learning, growth and connection to something bigger than yourself. But does it matter which one you choose for your morning and evening routines or food beliefs?
Similarities and differences
They are all systems, as I mentioned. The differences are only on the surface in the details, but if you look deeper, they are all different paths traveling towards the same goal.
Now, don’t get too side-tracked by the terminologies. What one systems calls God, the other calls Lifeforce Energy or Source. What one explains as breath, the other refers to as awareness. Which takes me to the next point. 😉
Pointers
All of these ancient wisdom systems and belief systems are built up from teachings, routines and rituals. And all of those teachings, routines and rituals are pointers. Just like your index finger.
When you point with it, you don’t want people to look at your finger. You want them to look at what you’re pointing at.
The same with these systems. All the rules and rituals are pointing at something much deeper than just the routine and the action. Can you find the deeper aspect in them?
So which one to choose?
Does it matter which one you follow? Or if you mix and match between routines and rituals from different systems? Well, it doesn’t, but probably not for the reason you’d think. I’ll tell you why.
The “morning routine of the richest and happiest people on earth” is possibly not what you need.
Also, rigid practices often fail, because our needs are changing and fluctuating all the time. Just think about the hormonal cycle of a woman. It’s different every day. So a rigid practice will fail inevitably over time.
What can you do?
Try, learn and practice a few different routines. Stick with them long enough to know them and feel if they make a difference.
Some will give you immediate results. Those will be the practices that will come in handy when you’re in challenging times.
Some will feel good, but with – apparently – not that much result. Those will be the practices that’ll give you sneaky results.
Tune in
After you have a small variety of practices, take a few minutes before you start your morning/evening/afternoon/whenever-I’m-in-the-mood routine to tune into your needs at that moment. (Hint: laying on the couch with a bag of chips, binge-watching a series is NOT what you need. Look a little deeper.)
Maybe you’ll see that on that particular day, you just want to sit still and breathe. Other days, you want vigorous movement, to release some restless energy. It’s all okay. As long as you set out to practice every day, even if it’s only one conscious breath, you’ll make great progress in the long term. Just check in.
It all boils down to this
You need to find which pointer works for YOU. If you deeply understand what a ritual or routine points to, when you ‘feel it in your bones’ that’s the right one for you at that moment. This is why it’s important to pauze for a minute before you start.
When you feel you need to tweak your system or explore something totally different, that’s fine. As I said, we change constantly and our needs and beliefs shift as well. Just don’t fall into the trap of chasing the next “magic bullet” all the time. Know, that there won’t be The One and Perfect Practice. It’s a continuous dance of getting still, asking and trying out. That last one is of course key to succeed.
Don’t get lost, looking at the index finger.