Hi! Finally got myself to writing a follow up of 5 am club. Ik it’s a gap of almost a month, not an excuse (but still an excuse) but things happened in between so couldn’t keep up with writing but we are here and doing it.
So here it is, my chart of 30 days of waking up at 5 am, so as you can see all the coloured blocks are the one’s when i woke up and followed the routine but there were days where i just gave in to it and did not make it for whatever reasons like sleeping late, travel, working.
How did it go?
The first 10 minutes were always groggy, but it felt really good and almost magical to be up before anyone and freshen up and get ready for my practice and open the balcony to some cold air and some times even rains from the extended monsoons in Goa(hello! climate change) and just stare away for a brief period which was all mine and where even i don’t dictate or worry about what should be done next. I would then follow a short yoga or 5-10 rounds of sun salutations/ Surya Namaskar or some workout routine followed by 10 minutes of pranayama and meditation.
Honestly, i hated doing pranayama especially Anuloma-Viloma because damn, it took every ounce of patience and presence of mind in me, one moment of drifting and you are clueless whether to hold or exhale or to breathe from the left or right nostril and then you have to do it all over again(rolls my eyes) and the 5 rounds seemed never-ending for at least the first one week but can’t deny the calm feeling of detachment it would give me soon after. I followed it up with a 10 minute guided or my new found love, sound meditation and then with some reading from the book Thich Nhat Hanh.
Days i almost wanted to curl up and become a part of the bed and the balcony did not amaze me as much i would go for a run on the beach, which is a 10-minute bike ride away(but no not everyone in Goa lives next to a beach)
So i would do my routines here and it always works amazingly for me, leaving my spirits uplifted
What I’m taking away?
- The importance of having some silent time to yourself and marvelling at nature simply and feeling like a little baby amused by simple things.
- You can change how you’re doing a thing and still continue to achieve what you wanted from day one. A fresh perspective always makes it better.
- Sound Meditation and hang drum meditation.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
- I plan to do a small series called 5 am club and continue writing about how this benefits me more profoundly, that’s all I’ll say about this for now.
Since the past few months I’ve fancied having a tiny kitchen garden with all sorts of small plants like cherry tomatoes, mint, insulin plant, yada yada. Also my introvert ass(my friends would disagree) spontaneously thought of choreographing a small yoga dance and upload it here.
Disclaimer- I have no clue on how to grow a garden.
Ik it might seem like soil, water and some compost is all you need but believe me when i say it doesn’t work like that (been there, done that). Would really appreciate any suggestions or sites y’all think i could learn from. Do suggest in the comment section below(Excited to see how this turns out and share it here).
Will be writing follow-ups and i plan to give myself a time duration of around 2-3 months starting from today 16th December 2020. Will be writing follow-ups about what i did, what worked and how it’s coming along.
I write this purely out of creating a personal habit, experimenting, and, more so cause i love words and hope to get better at them and be consistent in my practice and create some value. Keep learning and stay awkward!