A New Practice for the New Year
The last few weeks of mid-week holiday celebrations has completely destroyed my sense of time and balance. Instead of waking up, sure that today is Tuesday and knowing what that means, I wake up wondering where the heck I am in the calendar and what the heck I’m supposed to be doing.
It’s not a pleasant way to start the day. Fortunately, I (usually) get up before first light, so I always know I have a little time to figure it out before my day has a chance to run away from me.
But one morning I woke up to the light of the sun peeking over the far foothills. I sat up and looked out the window in stunned silence for a few long moments, my mind racing to catch on to and catch up with the daylight. My first impulse was to turn back, lay down, hide my head under my pillow and shut out the light — and that’s exactly what I did.
After a few deep and cleansing breaths, I raised up on my elbows and brought my hands together in a “Namaste” sort of pose, felt my index fingers greet my nose with a light touch and then sank into the moment.
“Today is going to be a GOOD day,” I said (quoting the Dalai Lama in what I have heard him say is his practice as he awakens each day) as I rose up out of bed.
Buddy the WonderDog remembered our old practice of starting the morning with a declaration of its beauty and a quick cuddle before we allowed the day to overtake us. His head was on my shoulder before my feet hit the floor. Ha! GOOD boy. Today IS going to be a good day.
I have nothing more than that for you today, my friends, just my gratitude … but that’s more than enough, don’t you think?