It’s morning! The first yellow light of day lays a gentle hand on my bed. I open my eyes and look outside. Next I check my iPhone for today’s weather. It’s going to be partly cloudy with a stray thundershower in the afternoon. I go downstairs and boil water for my tea; Earl Grey, with a teaspoon of our own honey, the bees cared for by Paul. Grabbing my mug and towel, I go outside to our hot tub, and sink into gratitude.
The way we start each day helps shape it. I am not easily drawn to habit, but there are a few things that I endeavor to enforce as a means of self-care, and the desire to live each day from within my greatest potential.
Many of my friends meditate. I admire their discipline. Perhaps I’m too much of a hedonist, but I can still my mind much easier if I’m soaking in hot water, looking and listening to the birds. I do this year round.
Sometimes I call a friend, but mostly I just look at the light and think about my friends. I spend a lot of time meditating on people, feeling into those I’m drawn to connect with, to others who might need a call or email, and to some who I have not been in touch with for a while.
The goldfinches flock around the feeder, and their sweet, cheery song brings me back to center. If I didn’t have a place outdoors, I would take a hot bath indoors and put on bird music. Sounds of nature calm my mind.
How do you start your day?
What practices help you have a good day?