Every day, we wake up in the morning and complete our habitual morning routines. Like clockwork, you get dressed, maybe take a shower and brush your teeth, put some makeup on or some of that new cologne you’re so eager to try out, eat breakfast, look at the clock and rush out the door. Barely thinking you rush yourself past all of the hustle and bustle to make it to class or work on time with your morning coffee, equal parts cream and sugar, jostling in your hands. How often do we really get the chance to take a look at all of the things we are missing out on, in that "auto-piloted" morning routine? If you really think about it, would it do you some good to take in just a few extra moments, and include that into your routine? I think so. Being mindful, even and especially in these moments, the ones that fly past us, can bring new life and meaning into our daily lives.
For me, this process was something that was not easy to do habitually, or even begin to incorporate into this routine, though there were small steps I was able to take that have changed how I approach these times of my day. Not to mention, there are numerous apps and programs specifically created to help you become more mindful. I know that I seem to write about the Calm app a lot, but there is so much that it offers. It is the best investment I have made for my holistic and emotional growth as a student and human. If you do decide to purchase this app, there is a column specifically dedicated to commuters. It doesn't matter if you're sitting on train, a bus or are walking, the voice prompts and guides you into a mindful journey every single day, no matter the timeframe. Even if you are not commuting, but are in your uber going to the airport or a friend’s, the app helps you take in everything, without judgement, or “good versus bad.”
Make this mindful choice for yourself.