Most Important 60 Seconds Of Your Day

by Carole Bourne

“Words spoken or silently thought have an energy flowing through them. Your words create and therefore matter”

Your first waking thoughts will either bring to closer or take you further away from the kind of day you’d like to have.  So with that in mind, it’s really worth paying attention them.

Your waking thoughts send energy out ahead into your day.  They also send messages deep into your body.  Your waking thoughts are incredibly revealing and if deliberately chosen can be incredibly life changing.

I was so pleased to be reminded of my waking thoughts recently when I borrowed a copy of Louise Hays latest book from my library called  You Can Create An Exceptional Life.

Yes, I’m a firm believer in making our  “waking thoughts” count.   After all they will either bring us closer or take us further away from the kind of day we’d like to have.

So, before my feet have even touch the floor first thing in the morning I start nourishing my thoughts and filling myself with good energy by mixing it up with either a prayer, mantra or affirmation.

Believe it or not, it actually makes me feel quite special and alive.

Start your morning with higher thoughts:

Simply wake up and choose to think about or recite whatever you want.  It’s that easy. It can be a word you repeat, an affirmation or even a prayer.  Some mornings I simply repeat the word “I trust”, over and over again.  It has an energy that helps settle and calm me if I happen to wake up feeling a little stressed.

Here’s my favourite prayer at the moment followed by a few of Louise Hay’s suggestions from the book.

I lay in bed with my eyes closed, hands in prayer pose and repeat as often as I like.

May I be filled with love and kindness”
“May I be at peace”
” May I be well ”
” May I be happy”

“All is well.  I have time for everything I need to do today”  Louise Hay

“Good morning, bed, thank you for being so comfortable, I love you”  Louise Hay

Start your morning with a smile:

I love Thicht Nhat Hanh and if you are familiar with any of his books you’ll know he talks alot about smiling.

So I wasn’t at all surprised when I grabbed a copy of his book “Present Moment, Wonderful Moment” from my book shelf to check out what he had to say about waking up in the morning

“What a better way to start the day than with a smile.  A smile affirms your awareness and determination to live in peace and joy” Thich Nhat Hanh

Waking up this morning, I smile.

Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.

I vow to live fully in each moment

and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion”  Thich Nhat Hanh

Enjoy, and if you have the time let me know your little ritual for the first waking moments in your day.


~ Carole Bourne ~

I am a writer. Ritual keeper.  I shine light.


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Marci | Liberating Choices September 14, 2011 at 2:50 am

Even the smallest things can make the biggest difference. For me, it’s a shift from worrying I won’t have enough time to get all that I need to do today TO focusing on what I’m most excited about doing today (even if it’s seems tiny).


Polly October 27, 2011 at 7:55 am

What a lovely article to read. My mood was affected as soon as I found this beautiful website! I’m a new mum and it’s easy to allow the sleep deprivation to take over your general wellbeing in the morning. So here I am, in the morning, eating 2 eggs with a cup of tea while my beautiful baby sleeps and im thinking how brilliantly grateful I am.



Carole Fogarty October 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Polly, blessings to you. Thank you so much for your kind words. xxx Carole


Grace November 30, 2011 at 4:52 am

Hi Carole,
I enjoy reading your posts, and can’t even remember where I got the link! For a while I was reading them without even knowing who you were! I enjoy the speciousness of your thoughts and the way you lay it out with pictures and not too much to read. I’m an Irish counsellor living in Victoria, BC Canada. Thanks again


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