Most of us have a fixed routine every morning whether it is staying in bed for as long as possible, taking a long, refreshing shower, having breakfast with our kids or rushing off to work. This is the kind of routine most of us follow very mechanically, but it might not be enough to combat stress and fatigue that we experience every day. Integrating prayer time in your routine can bring positivity and optimism in your life and leave you energized to start the day. Beginning a daily prayer routine takes a little bit of planning and changes in your lifestyle and it is entirely up to you to decide on the routine. There are no set standards of what a daily prayer routine should look like or involve, but here are some tips and suggestions to help you get started.
1. Start your day the right way – Wake up early in the morning. Waking up early will give you ample time to exercise, get ready as well as include prayer time in your morning routine.
2. Create an environment, which will encourage you to include daily prayer routine. Most of our homes are built with prayer room, hence the space for prayer time is sorted without any hassle. Use incense sticks and dhoop cones to make the room more spiritual and inviting. Once you create the environment for prayer, it becomes that much more easier to make it a routine.
3. Prayer time can be family time. With our busy schedules and work life, people find it difficult to make time for family. When such is the case, prayer time is the best time to sit together and pray. This will ensure that your day is filled with calm and optimism.
4. Involve your kids. Involve them in the prayer, give them small chores like lighting incense sticks, clearing the room for prayer etc, to get them interested in prayer. This will ensure that it becomes a routine in their lives.
5. If daily Morning Prayer is not possible, you can always find time in the evening after work or before sleeping. Prayer time is more about dedicating a certain time of the day to think about your life, goals and the people you love, so it is up to you to decide the time.
Making prayer time a part of your routine can change your focus in life, as Gandhiji once said “Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.”