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The Miracle Morning

The Miracle Morning
By Jeeyoon Kim  • Issue #18 • View online
Hello friends!
I want to share The Miracle Morning, a popular productivity book by Hal Elrod. I have always been intrigued by his concept. The book promises to reveal a “not-so-obvious secret” that’s “guaranteed to transform your life” before 8 a.m. He talks about the six practices in the Miracle Morning routine, abbreviating them to S. A. V. E. R. S., and says that they’re “guaranteed to save you from a life of unfulfilled potential”.
Silence
We are all aware of the endless benefits of meditation for the body and mind. While he recommends about 10 minutes of silence, he emphasizes that it doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but even simply being silent and taking a deep breath in and out for 1 minute.
Affirmation
An affirmation is a sentence or two in alignment with what you want to accomplish and who you need to be to accomplish it. He says that “They immediately make an impression on your subconscious mind”. I read my affirmation sentences every morning and it does wonders for me.
Visualization
Through visualization you image things and train your brain in the way you envision the future in the best scenario. He suggests that for five minutes you should “visualize living your ideal day, performing all tasks with ease, confidence, and enjoyment”.
Exercise
This doesn’t take anything much to explain, but he points out that it doesn’t mean you have to run 10 miles or go to the gym. Simply get moving for even 10 minutes to let the blood and oxygen flow in the brain and body. It could be a simple stretch on the floor.
Reading
Elrod says: “Don’t reinvent the wheel.” He reminds us: “The fastest way to achieve everything you want is to model successful people who have achieved it.” I tend to read at night, but find that reading some heartwarming story or inspirational notes in the morning gives me good energy for the day.
Scribing
The author of the Artist’s Way Julia Cameron also strongly suggests this concept of flow writing in the morning for awakening creativity and connection with oneself. It may be a note of gratitude, or Julia says: “There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages, a stream of consciousness writing; they are not high art. They are not even writing. They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind – and they are for your eyes only.” 
Let’s do it together
I am up for this Miracle Morning challenge. Even though I already do many of these things, I want to make more conscious effort in all 6 categories and experiment with how it affects my life. If you like to join me in taking this challenge, click the <reply> button and let me know! I would be curious how we struggle or shine through the challenge by creating this habit together. 😉 
Have a wonderful week! 💕
Jeeyoon

This Week on Journey Through Classical Piano
Chaconne in G major, HWV 435, by George Fredeiric Hande‪l‬
My favorite things this week
  1. Podcast - This interview with Matthew Walker who wrote the book Why We Sleep on Bulletproof Radio is excellent. I enjoyed his book, yet there are many nice pointers that made me think while listening to it!
  2. The recipe - These Paleo Banana Nut Muffins are so amazing that you would never guess they’re grain-free, Paleo, vegan, and made with Whole30 approved ingredients! I tried them in the first time in the past weeks and love them!
My favorite Music This Week
World Premiere – Seong-Jin Cho: The Unknown Mozart
World Premiere – Seong-Jin Cho: The Unknown Mozart
What better way to celebrate Mozart’s birthday than with the world premiere of one of his compositions? 265 years old Mozart gives a gift of ‘new’ music to the world. A fascinating 90 seconds long piece. You’ve gotta listen to it!
Quote of the Week
Thought is cause, experience is effect. If you don’t like the effects in your life, you have to change the nature of your thinking. -Marianne Williamson
Tweet of the Week
Jeeyoon Kim, pianist
That feeling of a fresh bottle of pop when I first play a note after my piano technician working on my piano for some regulation and tuning. Ahhhh... so dreamy...
This Week's Video to Highlight
Clair de Lune by Debussy, a Live Performance
Clair de Lune by Debussy, a Live Performance
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Jeeyoon Kim

Hi, I am Jeeyoon, classical pianist, educator, author, podcaster and YouTuber from US, originally from South Korea. I am passionate about creating a classical music more relevant and friendly to everyone, creating a bridge between me and audiences, and sharing behind the scenes of a life of classical pianist. I write bi-weekly newsletter with some thoughts, life lessons and interesting articles I discovered during those weeks.

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