“The glory of God is a human being fully alive; and to be alive consists in beholding God.”
– Saint Irenaeus
PART 1 OF 4
Wake up. Hit snooze for half an hour. Throw myself out of bed and wrap my bathrobe around me tight. Curl up on the love seat with a bowl of cereal because it’s the only thing I can stomach this early in the morning. Feel so tired, like I might die. Like I need five different kinds of medicine. Consider taking off work and going back to bed, until remembering about caffeine. I make a cup of coffee or hot tea and drink it while I walk around, step into consciousness for the day. Get dressed and ready for work before rushing out the door in less than an hour since waking.
And I’m out of sorts before the day has even begun.
Yes, this has been my morning ritual for as long as I can remember. Waking up grumpy and not having a chance to let my soul breathe – without beholding God – before facing the day and all the poor people who have to face me. College will do it to you, any demanding life schedule will tempt you to sacrifice any meaningful moment dedicated to God and to the health of your soul. It happens. But I have a choice to make.
Empathy and awareness are two powerful driving forces in creating positive change. In my life, empathy and awareness are calling me to learn how to gracefully rise up to meet the day’s trials instead of letting them defeat me. When I repeatedly deny myself the open space to let the divine touch my heart, I am choosing a life marked by ticking clocks and spiritual disconnect. I am ready for something deeper, richer, full of soul. Empathy and awareness give me intention.
I wish to begin my days feeling fully alive. I want my morning ritual to be gentle, and to ease me into the day feeling centered and ready to greet the day. To start the day prepared, with a deep calm and a full heart, feeling one with God’s love for me and for the world.
This post was inspired by Lacy Ellman’s 31 Days to a Meaningful Morning, a series of posts I am keeping up with since my mornings (not to mention my devotional time) are desperately in need of a makeover. I highly recommend stopping by and checking out her website, A Sacred Journey.