Our lifes follow rhythms. From day to night, from summer to autumn and winter – these are outer rhythms, outside of our influence. And then there are our inner rhythms, also. The ones we can have influence on. We can change from activity to passivity, from being awake to sleep.

When there is a big change in the outside, like a season change, we can use the inner rhythms to support our bodies.

In the transition time from summer to autumn and winter, it can be extra challenging to adapt to the cold and darkness. Sometimes, and especially in winter, the first challenge can be to get out of a warm and cozy bed in the morning.

This is where your personal morning routine comes into action. The routine consists of one or more actions that you do every morning to gently wake up your body and mind. Once established, the routine is part of our natural rhythm and the mind does not (or very seldom) question the familiar actions (like brushing teeth).

When I started to establish my routine, I experimented a lot to see what would really make me feel better in the morning.

For me, it is getting back into bed after getting ready in the bathroom. Then I have a few moments more in the warm coziness of my bed, and enjoy those moments just for myself – to sip my green tea, to just be and to listen to my mind and body.

Listening to my mind is easier for me when I write down my thoughts.

So most of my mornings, I choose a topic that particularly occupies my mind, and I let my thoughts flow out of my mind onto the paper of my little notebook. This process helps me to slow down my thoughts and guide them into one direction. Think deeper, reflect.

There are lots of methods how to start writing, and I found one particularly helpful. For choosing a headline, the key theme, I read my previous text and mark the key words. This gives me even more time to deepen my thoughts, and it serves as an inspiration for my next text. Once I feel connected to a theme, the words are magically written by my hand – I just have to let it flow. When the flow is over, I always feel differently – sad, happy, thankful. Though one feeling always comes up, I think it can be described as what Patanjali names Samtosha (contentment).