Morning Routine Part I – Text

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  • What is a morning routine? – 1:30
  • What defines a good or bad morning routine – 2:47
  • Religious and cultural morning routines – 3:27
  • Ayurveda, Kapha and the morning routine – 6:18
  • Are you screwed if you work third shift? – 8:43
  • Why you should deviate from your morning routine – 11:11
  • Cause yourself a moderate to intense discomfort on a regular basis – 12:30
  • A taste of our morning routine – 13:15
  • How does your morning routine affect your Spartan Mind Strength? – 17:55

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The Spartan Mind Strength podcast the
podcast for mental grit and resilience

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hosted by Vie Binga and Tim Ganley

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– Hello this is Tim — and this is Vie and we
welcome you to another episode of the

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Spartan Mind Strength podcast — Today’s
episode is going to be about how to

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create a morning routine and why you
should have one — Stay tuned we’ll be

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right back

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– Hello everyone we’re back today’s
episode is going to be on the morning

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routine. We’re going to be talking about
what a morning routine is and what

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person, what type of person should be
doing it, what type shouldn’t be doing it,

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is it important, is it not important and
we’re at the end of the podcast, we’re

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going to be talking a little bit about
tips that you can add to your morning

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routine that have history in them – yes – time-tested
history to them. But first I’d like to

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say thank you to our friends at Ganesha
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podcast. Thank you. So Vie, tell me, you like that? It rhymes — What is a
morning routine? A morning routine is

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something that you pretty much always do,
almost always, first thing in the morning —

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that’s pretty simple there — it is very
simple — and I know we try to keep

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things simple — exactly — but that’s as simple as you
can get — pretty much everybody

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whether they even realize it or not have
some sort of morning routine — yeah my dad

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I remember always going downstairs in
the morning he was he worked midnight

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shift so this was his morning routine
but yet it was his go to bed routine – yes – so

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he did he would be sitting there he
would have bacon and eggs after that oh

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and always a cup of coffee
bacon and eggs cup of coffee reading the

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newspaper then after that he had a

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he got me to school and then he went to
bed so that was his or actually I guess

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that was my morning routine spending
that time with him

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– exactly – so each person has their own
different style of morning routine – yes –

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which ones are better which ones are
worse? In terms of, there is,

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there is no good or bad what what you
want to look for is your morning routine

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is the anchor for your day it is it is
that thing those few minutes could be 10

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minutes could be half an hour or could be
an hour it depends but those few minutes

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that set the tone for your day so
it’s the anchor that your day revolves

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around that that’s what is going to keep
your day grounded — now I know that in

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pretty much every religion and I’m gonna
actually say all religions there might

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be one or two that don’t they all have
some form of morning ritual that they do

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in the morning — yes that involves praying
– praying – yep – is there, and that goes back forever

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what about Greeks – does the – yeah in
the morning I remember getting

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up my mom would get me ready for school
so I had every morning I had to get up

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go to the bathroom make my bed I
couldn’t – I know making the bed was huge

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in the military also we had to have our
bed made before we did anything else – I

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had to make my bed and I had to go over
my homework with my mom and what the

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homework was because I was going into a
traditional Greek school I had to recite

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by heart
certain passages whether that was

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history geography or because I was going
to be tested at school so I would go

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over them real quick with my mom so that
she would make sure that I was prepared

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for school and then I could go
to school — and I know that in the island

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of Aegina — mm-hmm —
we stayed at a bed-and-breakfast that was

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right next to this beautiful church
– yes – and I also know in Pireas – yes – we

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stayed next to a beautiful church – yes – it
seems like every three buildings is a

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beautiful church they would do a ring
every half hour and every hour – yes – until

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what noon – until noon yeah –
so that was part of their ritual is to

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hear that and know what time it is the bell
would toll – yes – and then I remember when

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we were teaching in Okinawa they would
have a morning music – yes – and a noon and a

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afternoon so the whole country – yes – or the
whole island whatever you want – yeah – is

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had their own specific ritual too – exactly
it’s that anchor that brings

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everything together it sets the tone for
everything and if you ask any

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influential person they will tell you
that they have they attribute quite a

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bit of their success to their morning
tradition — and I know Tim Ferriss if

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you’re listening this podcast I’m sure
you listen to his – yeah – talks a lot about

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how a lot of the people he interviewed
– yeah – does some type of morning ritual

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morning routine mainly meditation – yeah – I want
to go into ayurveda just for a couple

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minutes because we do a lot with ayurveda – yeah –

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what does ayurveda say about a morning
routine? Ayurveda says that you want

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to have some sort of a morning routine
and actually ayurveda talks about a

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daily routine but the morning routine is
very important because it assists the

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kapha bio energies the kapha – and what is
kapha – the kapha the kapha bio energies are the bio

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energies of stability think
structure think stability so those bio

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energies are more
prevalent during our during the

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morning hours about from sunrise to four
hours after – and I’m gonna jump in real

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quick though when you’re talking
about kapha you’re talking about being

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– yes – and in today’s world we’re running

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all over the place which is all very
vata and pitta

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– exactly – which is movement and –
transformation fire – so starting your morning

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out with the grounding aspect of having
a morning routine – yes – is a great concept

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– exactly because you help you help
yourself you help your body your mind

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and your emotions to handle everything
else that is going to be thrown at you

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throughout the day so now the because
kapha is that stability and structure and

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that quiet aspect that’s where it comes
that in the morning you want to have

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that quiet time with yourself and that
doesn’t have to be a long time it can be

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just five minutes of complete quiet it’s
just you and yourself it’s gonna do

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wonders – that’s always good in the
bathroom – that’s always I love I love the

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bathroom time in the morning well your
father right that you say you’re there

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that’s what he was doing right it was it
was just himself that he was focusing on

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that and then he would it helped him to
ground it exactly yes now there are

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certain like let’s talk about he was
working midnight shift yes and I know I

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used to I’m not how can you have a
morning routine if your third shift in

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then then I I that would go against what
commodity our Vedas says some of the

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commodity I weighed I would say because
I’ve heard that a lot is they would say

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well you have to find a different job so
all you have to move you know based on

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different things so know what you going
to do is create that young core that

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little routine had some at whatever
point in your day fits that that’s all

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and then you can look to do a little bit
more other practices that are gonna help

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you like watch a little bit your
nutrition and all that stuff I know I

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because I used to work Midnight’s so I
would go to work at 10:00 I’d have to be

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at work at 10:45 at night yes so I would
get up I would sleep in the morning and

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then I’d actually even take a evening
nap and wake up sometime around 8:00 and

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I would have breakfast
mm-hm and I’d do the same thing that I’m

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doing now in the morning but I would do
it at 8:00 8:30 at night yeah it just

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was yeah and you mentioned the extra
thing that you were doing what was

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giving you an unfair advantage say the
NAP the extra evening me up so you were

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adding a little bit more kava sleep in
your day to help you overcome that you

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were going against the Suns article
pretty much exactly okay we’ll be right

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back to talk about some great tips and
why sometimes you need to get rid of the

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morning routine stay tuned do you like
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and we’re back the morning routine
should we stick to that morning routine

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every morning absolutely not then what
do you mean absolutely not because you

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just got done telling us how we need to
have a morning routine and now you’re

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telling me that I shouldn’t have a
morning routine

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we shouldn’t stick to it for every
morning it’s all about being able to get

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out of our comfort zone so two things
but first our morning routine is not a

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comfort zone that’s good that’s what I
was getting to so first we we shouldn’t

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worry about keeping a morning routine
all the time and then the other thing is

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we shouldn’t worry about always keeping
the same morning routine so if when you

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are traveling for example you may not
have any part of your morning routine

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available to you and you should be able
to still go perfectly throughout your

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day and shouldn’t throw you off if
that’s Rosie off means your morning

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routine exactly exactly and then the
other thing is you don’t want to become

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too comfortable with your morning
routine because then you are not getting

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all the benefits you could be getting
it’s all about thriving the best thing

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for us physically mentally and
emotionally is to all always on a

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regular basis be able to be
uncomfortable moderate to intense

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discomfort for keywords moderate to
intense discomfort mm-hmm I know you

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like saying that because you used to say
that all the time and when you talk to

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power exactly it applies to pretty much
everything and since we just talked

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about that now let’s get some tips so
let’s go over

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what we do in the morning – for our
morning routine on average you want to

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share that with the world
okay so start with is we basically take

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a cold shower
yes and but we don’t take the cold

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shower every day we do it five to six
days a week yes because that makes it

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rougher when you get a day off of not
having a cold shower and would that be

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changing the night I would be changing
it and also changing the lengths of it

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so you know for it if some body starts
doing that may do it for a lot shorter

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than they can increase the time so yeah
changes like that absolutely okay after

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that is meditation now both of us do
different styles yours is more of a

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seated but what’s a term a structured
yep and mine is more of a non structured

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yes even though I do sit for a little
bit that really doesn’t work well for me

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yeah so my meditation is actually
getting everything ready yes

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so I’m doing more of a movement style
exam hitting the coffee ground I’m

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getting the hot water made I’m doing
those things while you’re doing the

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quiet meditation the structured
meditation and that’s something that if

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you’ve ever listened to Tom Tim Ferriss
he talks a lot about all the people he

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interviews yeah say that they have some
form of meditation

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yes movement we both do some type of
movement in the morning and I know we’ve

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changed that dramatically each day

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sometimes we do Sun Salutation sometimes
it’s squats

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sometimes it’s lunges push-ups sprinting
so kettlebell swing so it’s always

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something different in the morning so
yes and that’s really not our workout

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that’s just a some type of movement in
the morning yep to get us going yep get

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the blood flowing yep and the length yes
very important and next is we do some

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types of mobility mm-hmm not flexibility
the mobility training

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and then breathwork and i exercises yes
and that pretty much hits that part of

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it mm-hmm what else do you think would
be a great add in to this it so it

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depends on what the person wants to
cultivate it it depends on what they are

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working on as long as they have
something that makes them uncomfortable

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physically or mentally that’s a great
thing for them to do someone may be

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wanting to learn a new language foreign
language a little bit of dedicated time

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to that in the morning actually shall
helps them become better at it because

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it becomes a routine it starts to become
a second nature and it’s not the time

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it’s not your only time in the day that
they study the language but it’s their

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first thing in the morning
it’s that anchoring so it’s in it’s

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important to them then they give it more
value so anything like that

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now I know for us and we’ve been doing
this for close to ten years maybe even a

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little bit longer is our morning we
don’t need yeah and I know I’ve never

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wanted eat I always hated breakfast
mm-hmm it was I ate it because I was

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told it was the most important meal of
the day but I actually started feeling

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so much better when I got rid of
breakfast yes we do basically either

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coffee plain yes or to give the easiest
way bulletproof coffee mm-hmm those are

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that that’s what we do in the morning
what about having breakfast is that

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something that people should be doing or
should not it’s it’s completely personal

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and it’s it’s completely up to them if
they have breakfast and they don’t feel

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good they shouldn’t have breakfast if
they need breakfast then yes but science

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has shown over and over that it’s not
the most important meal of

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des and just like Advaita says it
depends on the person the most important

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meal of the day is just one meal okay
now we only got a little bit of time

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left how does a morning routine help a
person become smarter more great things

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like that how do they get that Spartan
mind strength by doing something that

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they don’t have to decide on so we in we
only we are only able to make so many

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decisions throughout our day like
neurologically it has been proven and so

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we want to start our day having to make
as few trivial decisions as possible and

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save our energy for stuff that matters
by having that routine mean we don’t

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have to make trivial decisions in our
decisions need to be made

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get the attention and the quality that
they deserve like I know you have your

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clothes set up the night exactly I
always wear the same clothes so that’s

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why I don’t like to check email social
media or anything first thing in the

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