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I believe in morning rituals although I fail all too often these days to engage in them. Still, I can’t stress enough how important they are, how effective they can be in getting me ready to greet my day feeling steadied and grounded, readied (at least for the moment) to really see the beauty before me and committed to greet those I meet with an open heart.

I’ve found both poetry and music to be particularly helpful when initiating one of my first deliberate and conscious acts of the day. I thought I’d share one with you that was written by the late poet, John O’ Donahue entitled, “For the Artist at the Start of the Day.”

“May morning be astir with the harvest of night;
Your mind quickening to the eros of a new question,
Your eyes seduced by some unintended glimpse
That cut right through the surface to a source.

May this be a morning of innocent beginning,
When the gift within you slips clear
Of the sticky web of the personal
With its hurt and its hauntings,
And fixed fortress corners,

A Morning when you become a pure vessel
For what wants to ascend from silence,

May your imagination know
The grace of perfect danger,

To reach beyond imitation,
And the wheel of repetition,

Deep into the call of all
The unfinished and unsolved

Until the veil of the unknown yields
And something original begins
To stir toward your senses
And grow stronger in your heart

In order to come to birth
In a clean line of form,
That claims from time
A rhythm not yet heard,
That calls space to
A different shape.

May it be its own force field
And dwell uniquely
Between the heart and the light

To surprise the hungry eye
By how deftly it fits
About its secret loss.”

~ John O’Donohue ~

O’Donohue reminds me here that every life is a work of art and that att some level we are reborn again and again with each brand new ordinary/extraordinary day….

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A group of women whom I provide consultation to were discussing the value of beginning each day with a ritual such as starting the day off with an inspirational reading, journaling, meditation, yoga, a mindfulness walk, etc.

These rituals help to center us, prepare us, remind us of what’s most important to pay attention to during the coming hours, and can even carry us beyond our every day lives and into sacred space.

In “A Thousand Clowns” by Herb Gardner, the character Murray Burns advises,
“You have got to own your days and name them,
each one of them, every one of them,
or else the years go right by
and none of them belong to you”

I’m grateful for the reminder of the importance of morning rituals and will recommit to consciously greeting and claiming each new day.

Following are some resources for creating meaningful morning rituals:

Adopting a meaningful morning ritual

5 Simple Steps to Owning Your Day

Reclaim Your Day

An alternative morning ritual

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