It’s hard to feel invincible first thing in the morning—say, if you roll out of bed already exhausted, are running late, or the view outside (dark and overcast, these days) just doesn’t inspire smiley face and rainbow emojis.
But that’s the exact mindset Guru Jagat wants you to be in when your alarm goes off in the a.m.—and the Kundalini goddess (not to mention founder of Venice, CA’s buzzy RA MA Institute and author of the just-released, aptly titled Invincible Living) has a foolproof hack for making it happen.
“We’ve all spent a lot of time focusing on weaknesses—neuroticizing, habituating, and regurgitating them to our friends, therapists, and anyone who will listen to us. Instead of going down that well-trodden path, let’s focus on our strengths,” she explained at a launch event for her book last night in New York City. “That’s easier said than done. The first thought you have in the morning is not your strengths. Like, who woke up this a.m. [thinking], I’m the infinite incarnation of the perfect one? [Laughs] So that’s why I like to catch things in the morning.”
“We’ve all spent a lot of time focusing on weaknesses—instead of going down that well-trodden path, let’s focus on our strengths.”
The trick, she explains, is keeping your approach simple. “Try do something in the morning, even if it’s just, [takes a deep breath in through the nose] ‘All right, I’m going to live this day in the way I want to live this day. Not the way that someone tells me to live this day. Not how my traumas tell me to live this day. Not the way that the great programmers called [my] parents, or religion, or money tell me to live this day. I’m going to live this day the way I want to live this day.'”
And don’t worry about how long you spend cataloging your strengths—instead, focus on doing it with regularity, so that the process itself becomes a habit. “If you just do something consistently for three minutes a day, it’s so much more effective and so much more life-changing than going to a yoga class at your gym once a month or a meditation class once in a while,” Jagat said. “All of our habits are daily grooves in the neurology, in the biochemistry. So in order to change them, we have to do something—even if it’s short—every day.”
Tao Porchon Lynch—AKA the world’s oldest yogi—also has advice for waking up on the right side of the bed. And if mornings really aren’t your thing, here’s how to wake up earlier with minimal misery.