How to Start Your Day
This month, Hay House is releasing the tradepaper version of You Can Create an Exceptional Life. This book was a special project that has touched my life in ways I never would have imagined. I hope it touches yours, too. So few of us have a chance to spend time with a wise and loving mentor whose only agenda is to heal and share love. Louise Hay has been that mentor to me and it’s a privilege to share my experience with you. As Louise is fond of saying: “Make a cup of tea and join us in the parlor for a conversation that will change your life.” It certainly has changed mine.
Here is a short excerpt from You Can Create an Exceptional Life on how to start your day:
When I knocked on Louise’s hotel-room door, she greeted me with her sparkling blue eyes and a big smile. I felt instantly welcomed. We chatted about the morning and then got down to business. I nestled into a spot on the floor in front of the coffee table, tapped on the recorder, and began our session by asking Louise what was on her mind.
“We must teach people how to begin their day,” she replied with intense determination. “The first hour of the morning is crucial. How you spend it will determine your experience for the rest of your day.”
And we were off! Louise’s passion was evident, and I laughed out loud as this elegant woman started the lesson with: “Too many people start their day with ‘Oh, shit! It’s another day and I’ve got to get up, damn it!’ If you have a lousy way of starting your day, you’re not going to have a good day ever—it’s not possible. If you do your best to have the morning be awful, your day will be awful.”
As I listened to her talk, I was pulled back to my mid-20s and the intimate relationship I had with the snooze button on my alarm clock. Back then it was a game to see how long I could stay in bed before dragging myself out to go to work. I didn’t like my life much, and I certainly didn’t look forward to going to my job. Now, as I sat with Louise, I thought about the millions of men and women who hit the snooze button every day or greet the morning with dread. I winced as I thought about the energetic message that sends out into the world: I don’t want to wake up, I hate where I’m going today, or I’d rather go back to sleep than get up and face my crummy life. Thoughts like these just bring people more of the same.
It’s a game changer when you realize that how you start your day sets in motion a pattern of thinking that determines your experiences all day long. Curious to know how Louise started her day, I asked her to share the details.
“I have this little routine I’ve done for years. The moment I wake up, I snuggle my body a little more into my bed, feel the feeling of the bed, and I thank it for a really good night’s sleep. I do this for a few minutes as I start my day with positive thoughts. I tell myself things like: This is a good day. This is going to be a really good day.
Then I get up, use the bathroom, and thank my body for working well. I spend a little time stretching. And I have a bar in the doorway of the bathroom that I hang from—I bring my knees up to my chest three times and then hang from it. I find that hanging in the morning is a very good thing.”
I imagined Louise hanging from a bar in her bathroom doorway, and in my mind I started walking around my house looking for the perfect place to hang a bar, too. The idea sounded like a lot of fun to me.
“After I do a few stretches, I make a cup of tea and take it back to bed. I love my bed. I’ve had the headboard specially built at an angle so I can lean up against it when I read or write. I’ve carried this headboard with me for years. It’s an example of something I’ve done to make my bedroom special and comfortable—a sanctuary. It’s a lovely place to be.”
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