What To Remember When Waking
I used to be one of the night owls. But ever since my little Sparrow came to live with us, I’m woken up bright and early with a sweet, persistent little paw tapping on my face. At first I’d try to hide under the bedcover, or I'd get up begrudgingly. But now I gratefully accept Sparrow’s invitation and wake with the sun.
There’s a poem I love called “What To Remember When Waking“, by David White. He writes:
“In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.”
Early mornings are a magical, sacred time. Majestic and blooming with new beginnings. The life force starting to wiggle again through all living things. Maybe there's residue or memory of a dream. While we sleep, our subconscious minds are busy making creative connections and solving problems, so in the first hour or so of waking, insights and solutions come more easily, as does creative thinking.
This is an opening to cherish. To not miss out on by jumping onto our phones or computers.
After I’ve made my tea, I do one of three things in the morning to savor this special opening: I do some journaling, I tend a dream, or I read poetry. Something that speaks to the human spirit or the imagination. This way, as I go about my day, I don’t forget the deeper layers or the mysteries. I've brought them with me, through the opening. And all my plans and all my work are colored with them.
Your life is precious.
Whether you wake early or late, I hope you won't rush to your phone or computer upon waking. Treat your mornings sacredly, and in your way, savor that valuable opening and thread things through. You don’t have time not to.
With great love,