“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love…” – Marcus Aurelius
I’ve always loved the feeling the start of a new day brings. As the sun rises, I am reminded of the blank page that lies before me and the freedom I possess to fill it with any story my heart desires. Indulging in quiet mornings is a wonderful way to celebrate the promise of a new day. I find that these mornings are often filled with precious moments…the kinds of moments that lend themselves to daydreams, reflections, and inspiration.
A few morning activities to enjoy…
With the demands of everyday life, it can be difficult to find moments to reflect – to recall beautiful memories and express gratitude for simple joys. The morning’s stillness allows me to ponder the little things I’m grateful for: a cool breeze gently passing through the kitchen window, the joyful sound of laughter with friends, the scent of the rain fresh on the pavement.
As a singer-songwriter and content creator, it often seems as though I am either writing or preparing to write. Story ideas are quickly jotted down on napkins, song lyrics typed into my phone, handwritten cards are sealed and sent to pen pals…however, nothing is quite like journal writing on a quiet morning. Early hours present the rare opportunity to be completely alone with my thoughts, allowing me to express them freely.
As difficult as it may be at times, refraining from reaching for my phone or laptop when I wake makes for a peaceful morning. Once the day begins, it isn’t very often we find the time to break from the endless cycle of email and other demands of the day.
When time permits, I love incorporating a thoughtful breakfast into the morning. Oatmeal topped with fruit and nuts is my go-to, but with the autumn season now in full swing, I’ve been indulging in homemade pumpkin waffles. They are a perfect seasonal treat and so fun to make!
Listening To Records
Sometimes quiet mornings call for a soundtrack. While making breakfast I often put on a record to create a reflective mood. This usually means lots of Civil Wars and Ingrid Michaelson. If you’re looking for tracks to add to your morning playlist, do take a look at our recommended ways to discover new music.
After a quiet morning, I look forward to taking on the day refreshed and inspired to fill the blank page that lies before me with the most beautiful story I can.
What is your favorite way to spend a quiet morning?