Friday, February 6, 2009
"If every day is an awakening, you will never grow old. You will just keep growing." Gail Sheehy.
I have a new morning ritual that has awakened within me. I used to always do a 20 minute meditation absolutely every morning. I find that in doing meditation I become much more centred and grounded. This prepares me for the day in the most lovely way. Recently, however, I have found that my life is extremely busy and I have had to adapt my definition of "meditation".
I no longer have time to sit in a half lotus position and light a candle and incense and chant and breathe. The ritual has had to change according to my circumstances. Now my morning meditation has more to do with watching the sun rise on the horizon and greeting it happily as I sip my cup of coffee. This is done on my 20th floor balcony when it is warm, and in my living room when it is not. Either way, the view is spectacular and the peaceful feeling that is achieved is phenomenal.
When you look at the sun rising, how can you not know that you are witnessing the blessing of the Cosmic God upon the body of the Earth Mother? No matter what the morning rush hour traffic is like, every morning the sun rises and a new day is begun as naturally as breathing itself. I often offer a prayer to the sun, thanking it for illuminating my heart, that it, too, can do the work of the Divine. And all this I do while sipping my French Vanilla coffee. It is exquisite!