Morning Exercise

As soon as you get up in the morning, take three deep breaths, aware of the inhale and exhale. At first you will have to remind yourself to do this, but soon it will become a habit, one that can be deeply rewarding. Before the first thought or concern enters your mind, let this positive experience shape the coming day. Let yourself enjoy the way the whole body engages the breath, together with the way that breathing connects you to the world around you.

Later in the morning, but still before you begin your round of daily activities, take a few moments to reflect on your good fortune. Even if you are dealing with obstacles or with sad and painful circumstances, you can remind yourself how remarkable it is to be alive and in possession of your facilities.

You have made contact with teachings that can help you get more out of life, and you can form positive intentions and act on your own values. Let this reflection inspire you.

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