My Morning Routines

I don’t know about you, but I have a set of morning routines I do each day. Why? Because they keep me focused on what is really important in my life, they give my day purpose and intent, and they make me feel fulfilled. In fact, the few times when I haven’t done these things, I feel “off” all day. You may have some routines that you follow to start your day. Mine are these (in no particular order):

  • I say a few daily affirmations which I repeat at least 20 times each–why? Because the Universe can’t ignore so many repetitions! Here are a few:
    • “Everything today is going to go GREAT!”
    • “All is well.”
    • “Thank you that I do NOT have gallstones, knee pain, hot flashes or cancer.”
  • I thank my guardian angels and also the “big guns;” Archangel Michael, Archangel Gabriel, and Archangel Raphael, and ask them to watch over me and my loved ones and ask that they clear the way for me each day.
  • I thank our garden fairies for giving us such a beautiful abundance of vegetables, herbs and flowers each year.
  • I perform a small number of *Jin Shin Jyutsu exercises to strengthen my body and mind.
  • I perform Reiki on whatever body part needs help or release from pain.
  • Finally, I pray. First I thank God for all I’ve been given, then I ask for forgiveness, then I ask for help.

Once these routines are finished, I feel I can face whatever comes that day. These routines are my lifelines, and they set the tone for my day. While I am still recovering from the scare I got this April when I found out I had ductal carcinoma in situ in my right breast (which is really Stage Zero cancer), and the lumpectomy I had in the beginning of June, these routines help more than ever.

In a few days I will be 64, which I find absolutely amazing. I swear I still feel 10 years old inside. I still feel somewhere inside (ok, way inside!) that I could still do a decent back bend, climb a tree, or run for two miles if I wanted to. I still am thrilled at the sight of sea shells (which I still collect), anything sparkly or shiny (I am probably part magpie), the ocean, the full moon, the Milky Way, fireflies on a warm summer night, the chorus of frogs chug-a-rumming in the pond, and the smell of a campfire.

So my little set of routines gives my day a positive start, and allows me to feel part of the Overall Plan of things. I have come to cherish these little talismans of faith, and they always make me feel that I have at least accomplished something in the day.

Whatever your personal routines are, keep them up and nourish yourself with them. Also, Happy July to everyone!


“Officially known as Jin Shin Jyutsu® Physio-Philosophy, this practice is a disarmingly simple style of acupressure. It works with a set of 26 points (called Safety Energy Locks or SELs) along energy pathways. When a pathway becomes blocked, energy stagnates. This initially affects the local area of stagnation, but has the potential to create imbalance along the entire pathway. The 26 Energy Locks are the locations on the body where energy tends to become stuck. (Acupressurists and acupuncturists, by comparison, learn over 300 points.)

A Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner uses both hands (referred to as “jumper cables”) to hold a combination of SELs. The very simplicity and gentleness of the process allow clients to relax and receive the work. As the SELs release and balance is restored, the client experiences physical, mental, and spiritual harmony.”

I learned the exercises I do each day from my teacher, Marilynn Carter. Learn more about  her at



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