March 13, 2018
Why I Wake Early
by Mary Oliver
Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and crotchety–
best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light–
good morning, good morning, good morning.
Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.
I love this poem. It speaks of Spring time, of the ever turning order of things; the sun, the moon, the flowers opening into the new day’s light. As I walked the nearby golf course with my dog, Oscar, I marveled at the two crows perched high in the pine trees as they chattered back and forth to one another. How I would have loved to understand their communication with each other….
The crunch of the snow under my feet, the rich, loamy smell of wet earth peaking from the bare spots, it all felt so alive in the melting, thawing and changing terrain. Even though tomorrow’s forecast threatens more snow, I could truly sense the new season about to unfold.
What do you wake to in your day ahead? Is it to claim quiet time to meditate, perhaps to savor your first sips of hot coffee or tea? Whatever your practice is, can you allow the new day to greet you with a fresh hello? As you open your senses to each new day, let the energy of kindness encircle you. Notice how bringing this to the forefront sets a positive tone for the day ahead….