“When does your morning begin?” was our opening question in this week’s conversation.
Depending on work, kids, and age – that answer probably has an ‘AM’ behind it. For me, 5am seems early but 8am seems a luxury.
What if you were to adopt an ancient Jewish perspective that your day actually begins at sundown the evening before?
This is my challenge this week!
Today is Monday and I asked myself on Sunday (yesterday) “What do I want my Monday to look like?” and then I prepared for it as the sun set last night.
I will do the same tonight. I have a long day Tuesday so instead of ‘vegging out’ and filling up this evening, I am going to get prepared. I will lay out my clothes (not my normal practice), turn off my electronics, watch what I eat and drink, and do something to calm myself (like stretching) so that I have the best chance of sleeping.
I would like to invite you to try this practice with me. Let’s see if it makes a difference in your week.
If you are not ready for that, I also found a cool morning practice. Keep a bowl of water by your bed, bathroom mirror, or beside your kitchen stove. (You may to cover it with a cloth or pour a new one each morning).
Then first thing in the morning – before anything else (or while the water is heating for coffee and tea) – place three fingers in the water (to symbolize the trinity) and touch it to your forehead. Remember your baptism.
It may also help to say part or all of the following confession:
I am born again today
I am born of water and spirit into my new life
Today is a new day
Today is a divine day
I am beloved (of my Father/Mother)
These two practices are invitations to see your every day as sacred and full of possibility. The goal of today is not to survive. The goal of today is shine with the divine in the midst of the ordinary. You have a light within – nurture it and let it shine.