Slow Morning, Active Mind

Since I’m currently between jobs, most mornings I follow the same kind of routine: wake up, feed the rabbits, throw on some clothes and accompany Liz on her way to the Blue Line.

We end up parting ways at the end of the block, with her walking to the train and me going in to New Wave Coffee. I usually get a cup to go, and head home and spend the rest of my day on the computer.

Thursday morning, I decided to do something a little different. I did the regular morning routine, but decided to have a nice breakfast out at Jam.

It’s been ages since I’ve gone to a restaurant alone, and even longer since I intentionally slowed things down. Even though I don’t have any work or job to go to right now, I still seem to fill my time with projects and personal to-do lists.

And I have to say – having a slow breakfast was an incredible experience. I don’t know if it was the coffee or what, but my mind was racing a hundred miles an hour. I got to read an excellent article by Clay Shirky which triggered a ton of ideas: new blog posts, an idea for a found poem, and an idea for a startup company.

Perhaps it was a random thing. Perhaps it was a confluence of things – caffeine, a slow approach to the morning, the act of eating and taking my time to reflect. I don’t know, but I definitely want to get back to that place again.

All too often, I’m in a scramble in the mornings. It’s a rush to gathering things up and to get out the door as quickly as possible (mostly because we’ve tried to stay in bed, as long as possible). But if I dedicated an hour to eat breakfast and relax into the day… would I have the same revelations? Would the extra effort of waking even earlier, so that I could take my mornings even slower, work out?

I think I’ll ask Liz if she wants to try an experiment with me, in the next week or so. To see what happens if we wake up super early, and spend a leisurely hour over breakfast and coffee. Would our days improve? Would we feel more productive at work? Or would we feel exhausted come the end of the work day?

I know how I feel now, and it’s pretty incredible – lots of ideas, lots of energy to spare. I definitely want to see if a slow morning can somehow kickstart an energetic, productive day.

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