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Beautiful Systems: Morning Priming

The “human spirit” is like a campfire. You need to re-light it EVERY SINGLE DAY. (Brian Johnson)

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“I’ve been optimizing/refining my morning ritual for a long time now. I call it Morning Priming. It’s been through countless iterations.”

“What does the latest iteration look like?”

“In terms of scope of the Morning Priming, it is twofold:

Activation of the Mind and the Body.
Connection with the Child Within, my Values and my Purpose.

In terms of structure, it consists of three meditations:

The Journaling Meditation
The Still Meditation
The Moving Meditation

I activate the Mind with the Journaling and Still Meditations.
I activate the Body with the Moving Meditation.

The theme of the Journaling and Still Meditations is Connection.
The theme of the Journaling Meditation is also Implementation.”

“Can you give a few details on each meditation?”

The Journaling Meditation is a pomodoro (25 minutes) of creative writing, mind-mapping style, right after I wake up. I start from whatever’s on my mind that morning. I never know where I’m going to get, which is a beautiful feeling.

The Still Meditation is a classic sitting meditation. It lasts between 5 and 20 minutes, depending on the available time. During this meditation I also do a few Breaths of Fire [<link], followed by a small inhale, a small exhale, straight into a breath hold.

The Moving Meditation also lasts between 5 and 20 minutes, depending on the available time, and is equal in length to the Still Meditation. This is a little aesthetic touch. This meditation consists of a selection of mobility exercises, 5 pull-ups and 5 burpees.

After the Morning Priming, I go straight into Deep Work [<link; medium length].”