Darya Rose

Darya Rose

Darya Rose is a neuroscience Ph.D, author of Foodist, and the creator of Summer Tomato, one of TIME's 50 best websites. Darya currently lives in San Francisco, CA.

What is your morning routine?

I’m very fortunate to have a home office, so I don’t have a commute.

I wake up without an alarm on most days, usually with the sunrise. I usually have coffee and hot muesli with cinnamon and unsweetened hemp milk. If possible I like to mediate for thirty minutes after breakfast, before checking email. I never check email before breakfast.

Email is one of those things that can easily seep into your life and add stress to everything. The key realization for me was that there’s no point in opening email unless I can actually do something about it in the moment (i.e. it is hard to send important docs from my phone, so I should wait until I’m at my computer). When I see emails that I can’t take care of my mind starts thinking about them, but can’t let go of them until I take action. I knew this intuitively, but it became incredibly obvious to me when I started meditating.

When you meditate you try to focus on one simple thing, like your breath. When other thoughts come in you just acknowledge them and let them go. I noticed that if I had checked email before meditating it is far harder to focus on the breath, and most of the intruding thoughts come from obligations I need to take care of that I saw in my inbox. It’s much better to get focused and centered first, then tackle email later.

How long have you stuck with this routine so far?

At least four years. The meditation is just since last December though.


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