Joni Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and throughout western Canada before busking in the streets and nightclubs of Toronto, Ontario. Her 1971 album Blue is often cited as one of the best albums of all time; it was rated the 30th best album ever made in Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" In 2017, NPR ranked Blue number 1 on a list of Greatest Albums Made By Women. - Wikipedia
In Joni's Mitchell poignant and soul rising song Woodstock she sings:
I'm going to try an' get my soul free.
We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden
Joni wrote and was singing for a generation of people who wanted to turn off anger, hate, greed, and the division in society and turn on the Love for each other and the planet.
I heard a cover of this song at a concert I presented recently, and it stopped me in my tracks. I've heard it a thousand times by a hundred different artists, but today I looked at it through the lens of an individual.
What does it mean to go back to the garden?
Where is your garden?
Is that a physical place or a state of mind that you go to when you need to be calm when you need to feel self-love? Or is it both?
My garden is my Morning before my kids wake up before the sun rises. A time when everything is slow, quiet, and still. A time when you can feel a new day coming.
I can not recommend enough the idea of a healthy, proactive morning routine.
Tony Robbins calls it the Hour of Power.
Robin Sharma started the 5 AM Club and wrote a best selling book.
And folks like Richard Branson, Oprah, President Obama all talk about the power of their morning ritual and how it has helped them become well them!
Take that first hour of your day before you look at your phone before you start work, and focus on building a super-strong foundation.
Physically: The first thing you should do when you get out of bed, move your body, run, go for a brisk walk, ride your bike; it will give you an instant energy boost and increased mental clarity. Exercise increases your heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain.
The same endorphins that make you feel better also help you concentrate and feel mentally sharp to set your day's tone. Exercise also stimulates the growth of new brain cells and helps prevent age-related decline—higher self-esteem. Regular activity is an investment in your mind, body, and soul.
Spiritually: A time to slow down, focus on this moment, this breath, this beautiful day. Meditate and be mindful of this moment. Thich Nat Hann said, "In mindfulness, one is not only restful and happy but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality."
Tome to be grateful for what you love about your life. Make a list of 5 things!
And focus on how you can spend your time lighting people up how to spend your day on purpose!
Mentally: A time to get yourself into peak mind-state. Listen to a podcast, read something inspiring, a great time to learn a new skill, or revisiting your goals, your 10-year plan, your legacy. Use this time to visualize the person you want to become, how you want to show up in the world, paint that picture, and then jump inside and start living it. Create your reality!
Start every day as a builder:
OWN EVERY MOMENT!
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