“Have you ever seen the dawn? Not a dawn groggy with lack of sleep or hectic with mindless obligations and you about to rush off on an early adventure or business, but full of deep silence and absolute clarity of perception? A dawning which you truly observe, degree by degree. It is the most amazing moment of birth. And more than anything it can spur you to action. Have a burning day.”
~ Vera Nazarian
I never really paid attention to the dawn until about 6 years ago. It was then that I was commuting an hour each way to work…traveling east in the morning and west in the late afternoon. It wasn’t a job I was particularly excited about, but one that would get me to retirement as there were so many lay offs, and I was 3 years away from retirement.
And each morning, usually at the crack of dawn, I would travel east many times dreading the day, the tedious work. I was very good at my job, but it did not allow me to use many of my skills or creativity. And as I traveled that long stretch of highway, I knew there were many who traveled with me that were in the same boat. Not excited about the early morning, long commute to a job that was not their ideal.
But each morning as the sun rose with me in my travels, there was something magical about the day. Something that would awaken inside of me. An incredible spirit that lifted me through my day. I only wished I could linger longer with the sunrise, capture it and just be with it in silence.
So when I retired, I vowed to watch the sunrise on as many mornings as possible. Go to the windows facing east and wait for it…..with anticipation and excitement much like a child experiencing the wonders of seeing a baby bunny or a fawn walking into the meadow for the first time. And that wide-eyed wonder has not faded, as I watch sunrise after sunrise. On those mornings, when the sky has blessed me with its incredible magic, I take my camera outside (even in the 20 degrees below zero weather), and snap picture after picture as the sun slowly kisses the horizon and hugs the sky just for me! I want to wake the whole world, and share the new day shouting, “You’re missing it”.
And my first thoughts, in the first rays of daylight, are of thankfulness with a mouth stretching smile…and yes many times tears of joy for this blessed morning. There is a peace that descends on the world in these first moments of the morning. You can hear the joy from the birds, and watch other animals come out to greet the sun too.
This is the time of my deepest reflection. It is when I am alone with my day…when I descend into myself and contemplate my life and all I have. It is when I let go, and just revel in the moment. It is the best time for me to meditate too. A practice that has become part of me, much like the dawn.
On these inspired mornings, as my little corner of the world is waking, I feel energized and renewed. A new day, a new time….a beginning that holds a promise born in the sky…ablaze in my eyes, my heart and my mind. A gentle kiss from the Universe welcoming me again to be here in this moment of joy.
Do you greet the dawn? Does something in nature inspire you?
Special Note: The pictures here are from sunrises over the past 3 years, and they represent each month. I find the dawn in late spring and early fall are far less colorful, but the sun blazes brighter those days.
I leave you with more thoughts about morning inspiration. Feel free to download this photo and share.
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