5 AM…

5 AM – THE VICTORY HOUR –
How to radiate optimism, thrive and be the best version of you!

…Legendary leadership and elite performance strategist Robin Sharma introduced the 5am concept 20 years...

His latest book “THE 5 AM CLUB” covers much of what I know to be true…I was born @ 5am in England, which doesn’t mean to say it is any easy for me to wake up, get up and get on the mat to  ease into my yoga and meditation practice…

….but and it is a small but…I am a better version of me when I do!

Active addiction  was, for this addict,  a self-fulfilling prophecy driven by  self-loathing, angst, and suffering. Daily drama, constant cravings, chaos,  and much pain…

…that changed 30 years ago, in a moment of clarity, I saw my future self…lonely, crazy…and this image totally  terrified me …because losing my mind, already a  fragile state of cognition…suddenly sanity became the most important asset I could posses… 

and I stopped..and have never needed  to drink alcohol, inhale cocaine, use  nicotine, and valium ever again to  disconnect from reality….

I love being in the moment. Being present is the great antidote to overthinking, projection, and rumination. Non-Attachment is bliss!

Being in the moment is embracing a  magnificent reality…which is knowing that whatever is happening in that moment I am safe, I have everything I need to to self care…everything is exactly how it is supposed to be. 

…what a task… transcending   internal turbulence! Ancestral legacies, archetypal patterns, themes and behaviours rooted in  existential  hardwiring that generated  body, thinking, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness  had caused myself and those close to me,   much suffering….

With time,  this has healed into a state of grace, gratitude and unfathomable faith in a God my understanding. 

It takes courage, grace and effort  to change, to cross the threshold of 12step meetings… the door is always open…

…Thirty years ago, I surrendered…and went “home” when  I returned to 12step meetings…found  a  therapist who  empowered  and challenged me….a fabulous role model she held the space for me to unpack painful memories, reclaim authenticity, and enthusiasm for living….An  A.A. sponsor took me through the steps – each one revealing the  hidden gift of   transformation…

The 5 AM Club is becoming my  early rising habit. A universal connection to  self. A gorgeous start to an   amazing day…

For me, it  is  how best to radiate love, compassion and optimism…a happy place where peace is in every step.

Central to a daily  commitment to my recovery community….is  to be the best version me…the wisdom and that  I  need to ever drink or drug again is divine…

…if you are new to recovery – it may seem daunting but nonetheless it is a simple but complicated programme…an organic process – learning how to be in flow… at first…then it gains momentum….what I call the the grace-state is when it takes off and does not ever stop…

“A heavy burden lifted from my soul,
I heard that love was out of my control.”
― Leonard Cohen, Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs.

 I do nothing alone …at 5 AM I connect with the universal energy of early risers and feel at-oneness…  

Getting up @ daybreak  is fabulous!   Energetic (working up a sweat) early morning training – for 20 minutes  is a game changer…generates set-renewal,  an alchemy in the brain – based on neurobiology- this lowers stress-related cortisol, raises cognitive ability, by releasing BDNF (brain-derived-neutropic-factor) and has been shown to repair brain cells damaged by stress, and accelerate the formation of neural connections.

I began this recently because I love the quietude of early mornings and the magnificent reality of a new day, a new beginning, abundant opportunities to embrace being human!

May you be happy. May you thrive. May you be the best version of you.

 

The setting sun @ Lands End, Cornwall.