How do you start your day? The Five Tibetan rites of rejuvenation and other random thoughts.

Hi all:

I seem to have accumulated a few promotional activities in the end of April and beginning of May (I’ve told you about some and I’ll remind you again soon) so I decided this week I would give myself and everybody a break.

If you’ve been reading some of my posts for a while you might remember that after going on a Mindfulness course/retreat for psychiatrists some time ago (I was surprised to realised it’s coming up to three years) I took up Mindfulness. I use an App called Insight that apart from offering a timer and guided meditations also has the option of joining some groups. I’ve found them (especially the Women’s Group) very welcoming and supportive and whenever I have a chance I check the messages. One day somebody had posted a question, the one in the title of my post. And quite a few of the ladies replying to the question mentioned that first thing in the morning they’d do the Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation. (OK, and drinking lemon water, hot or not was also a big winner).

Of course, with my rigorous research cap on, I decided to go to You Tube and find out what the Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation where.  You’ll see if you try, that there are many videos about it. I share one here:

Costa Rica looks awesome too, doesn’t it?

I’ve been doing the Five Rites for almost a year. I’m not sure I’m any younger, but I think it’s a good way to start the day.

And I can’t help but wonder if Julie Andrews knew something that escaped me at the time….

So, friends, how do you start your day? I hope with a bit of time to yourselves and a smile, if nothing else.

Picasso's woman with a green hat
Picasso’s woman with a green hat

(OK, I went to an exhibition in Barcelona, of some of the paintings of the Phillips Collection, and for some reason, this painting makes me smile).

Thanks all for reading, and I hope, whatever you do in the mornings, it starts the day well for you. Smile, like, share, comment, do the rites, sing… whatever!

By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

19 replies on “How do you start your day? The Five Tibetan rites of rejuvenation and other random thoughts.”

I bet Picasso couldn’t make a living as a portrait painter except of people with massive hangovers who believe they look like that.

I could manage exercise one of the five …just about without my fingers touching he walls on either side of me. Exercise two would be a major problem though as I might drown in all the rain we’ve been having.
xxx Massive Hugs Olga xxx

Thanks, David. Well, he didn’t do many portraits apart from friends, lovers, wives, but Gertrude Stein also loved hers (and she was quite well-off at the time). I didn’t like Picasso when I was younger but he’s grown on me. And I’ve visited quite a few of the museums dedicated to him (the one in Barcelona is fabulous and the buildings, gothic palaces, are worth a visit even if you don’t like his work at all).
I wouldn’t advise doing the rites outside unless the weather is like in the video, but I do quite a few You Tube exercise videos where the instructors go to the beach or lovely settings and at 6 o’clock in the morning on a cold ugly day… Not sure if I feel envious or it cheers me up (depending on the exercises I quickly forget about that). Here it’s been sunny for a couple of days… By then it was snowing on Saturday, so who knows?
Be well. 🙂

I’ve always had a problem starting the day with any disciplined activity! A massive glass of water or milk is a must but not lemon water. I’m full of admiration for you starting your day in the way you describe. Have a marvellous Tuesday. 🙂

Thanks, Sarah. I know some people who start with goal setting (or end the previous night with them) but usually I just keep going. I’m having a go with the lemon water (although I’ve always liked lemon so it’s not a big thing). Have a lovely day 🙂

Dear Olga, what a lovely post.
My day begins with plowing through email before going to the office, and occasionally reading and commenting on a blog post (which invariably makes me late for work).
When I was young I was very into yoga. I found a copy of my beloved Richard Hittleman book and was going to renew those efforts. But in my (somewhat tall, but very narrow) little home, I fear cracking my head on something any time i bend over! (No joke.)…
However, I do look forward to watching the video you shared and investigating the 5.
Mega hugs… got to run.

Thanks, Teagan. I discovered 10 days meditation retreats all over the world (one quite close to Barcelona) and I’m wondering… Take care not to crack anything. There are a lot of exercises that don’t take that much space (these don’t, other than the first one, although I think it’s a matter of positioning before starting to spin). Have a great day and big hugs to you too.

I watched the clip, and thought about how my day is very different. I tend to get up later since I retired, before drinking some coffee, and sorting through emails and blog comments. I do this until around midday, when I have a sandwich, and get ready to go out.
All my exercise comes later in the day, when out walking with Ollie. At least I do some, and always for a minimum of two hours, usually three. Lemon water would give me indigestion, unfortunately.
I like that painting. Some of Picasso’s work is hard to get to grips with, but not that one.
Best wishes, Pete.

Thanks Pete. I was looking after a friend’s dogs a while back and they became quite alarmed with the rites and the morning exercising, at least the first day. After that they left me to it and didn’t mind as long as they went for their walk too…
I’m sure Ollie provides plenty of opportunities for exercise, and all that fresh air…
I’ve read a fair bit about the lemon water thing, and it seems that although it’s acidic in fact it fights the acid. At least I won’t get scurvy! Have a great week and my love to Ollie!

I like to start my day with stretches, coconut oil swishing (before brushing my teeth), and a glass of room temp. water with lemon (after brushing my teeth). This has been a routine of mine for some time now and I find it beneficial. 😀 xx

Thanks, Vashti. I’ve read about the benefits of coconut oil. It’s not very easy to find here yet (it’s coming though)… Mind you, you don’t need rejuvenating. I do!

I started meditation nearly two years ago. I do it online using Headspace (Andy Puddicombe) and it has done me (and therefore I hope my husband) a lot of good. I’ve just started to use the Greet the Sun exercises in the morning, but I like the look of these Tibetan Rites and I might progress to them eventually.

Thanks, Hilary. Must check Headspace. Sounds good too. There are a few yoga channels I follow and they vary from the very beginner stuff to some quite challenging even for people very fit. I’m always amazed by how hard some of the exercises are (they don’t look it!). Pilates is like that too. There are quite a few versions of the rites (the basics are the same but I loved the comments as people will discuss what’s wrong with each person’s technique). It’s always about progression and doing it to the best of our abilities. Let me know how it goes!

I start my day with an hour walk with my little happy dog, Fozzie. We go to different walking paths and take in the quiet morning sounds. He’s playful, so I always laugh. Not bad, huh? 🙂

I start my day with checking email in case my daughter wrote me something. No, I am not doing any exercises, not even close, but I walk a lot when needed. xx

I love to walk too, Inese, although I don’t have the stamina I used to have (my back hurts if I’m standing for too long). But I do try to do some exercises in the morning following You Tube videos. I must share some of the accounts I subscribe to, because I’ve found quite a few since I last posted about that…:)

I wish I was the age of that young man in the videos and as limber. I have some far less strenuous yoga exercises I’m going to have to start doing. I’m very stiff from sitting too much at the computer. Good piece. 🙂 — Suzanne

Thanks Patricia. There are quite a number of versions of the rites (the exercises are the same, but the level to which they are taken seem to be). WE are all born with different levels of flexibility and age definitely doesn’t help, although stretching exercises and yoga definitely do. I follow quite a few people in You Tube. I quite like Psyche Truth, and Sanela in particular takes it at a very steady pace…

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