This new feature, Bubbly Berls Babbles (or BBB), is kind of an adaptation of my old feature, Fun Questions, back at Fantasy is More Fun. And the title tells it all. I’m Bubbly, I’m Berls, and I’m about to Babble about something! I hope you’ll babble along with me 🙂
Today Bubbly Berls is Babbling about: Miracle Morning
I’ve mentioned my Miracle Morning a few times in Sunday Posts but I haven’t had a chance to really talk about it until now. I found it completely accidentally over the summer reading a blog post about bullet journaling (a topic of another BBB to come). I liked the sound of it, so I decided to give it a go in July.
Here’s the basics of the Miracle Morning. You wake up each morning as soon as your alarm goes off. No snoozing, no complaining. You get up. After all, if you don’t wake up at the time you planned on, haven’t you just started your day by failing already? I had never thought of it that way before, but seriously! You’re letting yourself down at the very start of your day by hitting snooze!
Then you go through a series of life SAVERS. You can’t skip any of them, but you can do them in your own way and in your own order. SAVERS is an acronym for:
- Silence: You can chose to meditate, pray, do breathing exercises. The point is to be silent in body and mind.
- Affirmations: you can find pre-written affirmations or write your own. But spend some time telling yourself who you are, will be, and how you’ll get there.
- Visualization: This is a chance to visualize achieving a goal, getting through a difficult part of your day, etc.
- Exercise: fairly obvious – some form of exercise.
- Read: This is for self-improvement reads, not fiction reading.
- Scribe: journaling.
The point of the life SAVERS is self-development, at the start of your day. How can we possibly hope to improve our situation in life if we don’t spend any time ACTIVELY improving it, right?
My first attempt at the Miracle Morning
So I read some blog posts and decided I like this, let me try it. So I went at it, over the summer. First, I should say I did several things really wrong. And yet, I felt it transforming my day.
I didn’t really wake up like I was supposed to – because I was on summer break and I didn’t have a set wake up time. I also have always found affirmations and visualizations… uncomfortable. I realize now that this is because I have always tended to feel pretty negative about myself. So saying and visualizing such positive things about myself felt awkward and I just wasn’t sure how to do it. So I tried to do some pre-scripted ones but very quickly instead of doing SAVERS I was doing SERS. LOL!
I found that I absolutely loved the SERS though – I started each morning with breathing exercises, yoga, reading a teaching book, and writing a gratitude.
But after I finished my teaching book, I decided my next self-improvement book should actually be The Miracle Morning. And reading that changed everything…
The Book…The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod
on December 7th 2012
First of all this is such an easy read! The writing style is so enjoyable and I found myself reading longer than I was supposed to because I was eager to read on.
What if you could miraculously wake up tomorrow and any—or every area of your life was transformed? What would be different? Would you be happier? Healthier? More successful? In better shape? Would you have more energy? Less Stress? More Money? Better relationships? Which of your problems would be solved?
What if I told you that there is a "not-so-obvious" secret that is guaranteed to transform any—or literally every area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible? What if I told you it would only take 6 minutes a day?
Enter The Miracle Morning. What’s now being practiced by thousands of people around the world could perhaps be the simplest approach to creating the life you’ve always wanted. It’s been right there in front of us, but this book has finally brought it to life.
Are you ready? The next chapter of your life—the most extraordinary life you've ever imagined—is about to begin.
YOU DESERVE AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE. IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP TO YOUR FULL POTENTIAL
Reading the book really helped me to understand how the life SAVERS came about and why each part of them was so important. I also finally understood how to really do affirmations and visualizations.
I has also been operating under the impression that I should wake up and IMMEDIATELY start Silence. I thought I had to do them in order. By reading the book I realized that having a quick 2-5 minute routine after waking could actually help me do my SAVERS better. So now I wake up, wash my face, brush my teeth, take my vitamins and drink water (suggested routine) before starting Silence. And it’s so much better. It’s also nice to know you can make it your own and do it in your own order.
There’s also the element of your level 10 life that I was totally missing out on and a series of exercises to go through to help you determine where you are in creating your Level 10 life – your happiest life in all the key areas: Family & Friends, Personal Growth & Development, Spiritual, Finances, Career/Business, Significant Other & Romance, Fun & Recreation, Contribution/Giving, Health & Fitness, Physical Environment.
Basically, there’s a lot out there to give you a quick idea what Miracle Morning is and you can easily jump in without reading the book. But reading the book makes a big difference in your understanding. And it’s a good, enjoyable read, so why skip it?
After reading Miracle Morning
Y’all after reading the book and really doing Miracle Morning I found myself eager to wake up. I wake up 30 minutes earlier than I was before so that I have more time for my Miracle Morning. And I feel it changing my life.
The affirmations are the most startling difference. Most my affirmations, right now, are about weight loss and written by me instead of being something I found online. Now that I know how to write my own, there are so much more personal. And saying those things to myself every morning means they come back to me when I need them. I’ve been in the middle of working out, pushing myself and had an affirmation come back to me that helps me keep pushing. I’ve resisted eating something I shouldn’t thanks to an affirmation or visualizing that exact moment.
I also really appreciate taking the time to read self-improvement books. I feel myself actively working at improving my life, in part through the books I’m choosing to read each morning.
My scribing has evolved from just gratitude to very reflective entries. Point is, my days are better and I feel like I’m accomplishing so much more, improving my life so much more now that I’m doing Miracle Morning so completely.
I’m telling everyone I know about it, trying to convince them to try it. Even if you aren’t a morning person, I think you’d become one because this feeling is addicting!