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Dean Hardware

Dean Hardware

Knowledge Seeker. Experimenter. Projector.
Warrior Of Light.

The Rising Ritual (A Powerful Morning Routine)

Wake up, your life is calling.

You’ve just been pulled out of the interdimensional dream world by the beautiful sound of your alarm going off.

You are faced with the first decision of the day.

To snooze or not to snooze?

If you’re like most people…

You probably give yourself about 20 minutes to get sorted before you leave the house for work. 

You hit the snooze button a few times and lay in bed until you absolutely HAVE to move.

This leaves you no room for anything meaningful before you go out into the world and spend all of your energy on a job that would replace you in the blink of an eye. 

If this is you, then you need to realise that your whole life is based around getting things done for someone else.

You can force yourself to get up for other people… 

So why not for yourself?

If you’re not careful, you’ll wake up in 20 years time and feel like you’ve been robbed of your time and energy.

Awareness is the precursor to change.

The Rising Ritual that your future version wants, needs and enjoys…

Might not be the one your current version likes doing. 

Your life is made up of short, individual, 24 hour days.

If you don’t have a plan, you are just a feather in the wind. 

You have to take control of the controllable. 

Your Rising Ritual is a system that is specific to you. 

It’s a system that ensures you bring your absolute best to the table and primes you for the day ahead.

Here are some general options for you to consider: 

• Wake Up Early
• The Morning Mineral Cocktail
• Movement
• A Cold Shower
• Meditation/Breathwork
• Affirmations
• Reading
• Journaling

Wake Up Early

There is a certain stillness and calming energy that comes in the early hours of the morning.

Waking up early gives you plenty of time to enjoy some solidarity, work on your self-improvement goals and prime yourself for a successful day.

If you usually start your day by checking your socials, emails and messages…

Buy yourself an alarm clock and Do not look at your phone until your Rising Ritual is complete. 

Put the alarm clock on the other side of the room to force yourself to get up and start your day.

If you hit snooze, you have fallen at the first hurdle.

You aren’t just procrastinating on the day ahead, you are procrastinating on your entire life. 

Mel Robbins has a simple but effective technique you can use. 

When your alarm goes off, countdown from five and before you have time to think, make your meat vehicle get out of bed. 

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 MOVE!

It’s that simple.

The Morning Mineral Cocktail

The first time I heard of this super hydrating beverage was in Aubrey Marcus’ book “Own The Day, Own Your Life”.

Grab the biggest glass you can find and add these ingredients:


• 3g or half a teaspoon of high quality salt
• A quarter of a squeezed lemon
• Fill the glass with spring or filtered water

In the words of Aubrey Marcus, 

“You don’t want to force the cocktail down; that only turns the whole process into something that feels more like punishment and less like nourishment”.

Drink at a normal pace. You are not playing beer pong. 

If you’re worried about the effect of the lemon on your teeth, drink it through a straw and rinse your mouth out afterwards. 

I know you love your morning coffee but you can hold off for an hour or two.

You need something that is going to hydrate you after 6-8 hours of no fluids. 

Movement

Morning movement doesn’t have to be a full blown workout, just get your body moving.

This can be whatever you want it to be;

A morning walk, a set of push ups, some yoga or just running around the house with your dog.

I usually get down and smash out as many push ups as I can.

If you can get outside at the same time, your sleep cycle will thank you for it.

Morning sunlight is very important when it comes to your circadian rhythm.

*Salutes to Andrew Huberman*

A Cold Shower

If you want to feel like you can conquer anything, make yourself have a cold shower every morning.

There is simply nothing like the feeling of stepping out of a cold shower after you’ve been dancing around and breathing like a mad man for 3 minutes.

Your mind will give you every excuse not to do it…

But you will feel like a zen warrior, ready to sprint full speed into a health retreat when it’s over.

You are conquering your mind.

You are improving your physical health.

“A cold shower a day keeps the doctor away”.

*Salutes to Wim Hof*

Meditation  

The art of attention. The art of understanding yourself. The art of breathing. The art of doing nothing. 

Whatever you want to call it.

Meditation is a life-changing practice.

“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour” – Zen Proverb.

If you are just starting out you will learn that your mind is like a monkey.

Jumping around all over the place, looking for anything to be distracted by. 

In the modern world it is very easy to numb your mind and seek instant gratification.

You scroll on your phone, look for something on Netflix or turn on your games console. 

You rarely give yourself a moment to think.

Your mind is a super computer.

Everything you believe, perceive and want to achieve comes from your mind. 

Sit down and take the time to see what’s going on in there.

You will learn so much more when you look internally, instead of externally.

Practice mindfulness, not mindFILLness.

Breathwork

I’ll do a more in-depth look into breathwork and meditation soon.

All you need to do to get started with breathwork is open YouTube.

And type in “Wim Hof guided breathing”

If you haven’t heard of him yet I don’t know where you’ve been. 

Affirmations

I like to think of affirmations as powerful reminders and future manifestations.

They remind you of your goals; what the best version of yourself looks like; what you are grateful for; your morals and values etc.

Reading your affirmations everyday will reinforce what you are living for.

These will most likely change over time so don’t worry too much about getting it right the first time.

Just write down what feels right and reiterate as you go. 

Only you will see this list. Be honest and creative. 

Reading/Journaling

If you feel like you’ve got 99 thoughts bouncing around in your brain, use a technique called “brain dumping”.

Sit for 5 minutes and write everything down on a piece of paper or just type it into a google document.

You can make a list of the most important things and create a plan from there.

You’ll be surprised how much this helps. 

If you want some time to learn and relax, you might want to read a few pages of a good book.

This will stimulate your brain and direct your energy towards yourself before you spend it on the rest of the world.

Reading and writing might seem boring when compared to the magic rectangle you have in your hand…

But many people argue that the ability to communicate effectively is the best skill you can acquire.

Reading and writing will help you massively. 

You Are In Control

If you can conquer your morning, you will conquer your day.

If you can conquer your day, you will conquer your life.

Some people like to start their day by getting straight into a workout and ticking that off the list.

Some people like to start it with meditation and stretching. 

Everyone is different.

It’s important to experiment and see what works best for you.

Whatever the case.

Get up early and do something for your mind, body and spirit.

Start using your valuable time and energy on the most important person in your life.

You.

Your job will replace you in the blink of an eye.

Put yourself first.

With energy,

DH

Improve Your Health.

Expand Your Mind.

Raise Your Vibration.

If I can help you see your life and the world around you in a unique and interesting way as we progress along the path of betterment together, I’ll be a happy man. 

Join me as I explore the different aspects of self-improvement across the fascinating realms of the mind, body and spirit.

If I can help you see your life and the world around you in an unique and interesting way as we progress along the path of betterment together, I’ll  be a happy man.