Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl

Blessing the Day

Open my eyes to the beauty that surrounds me that I may walk through this day with the kind of awareness that calls forth grateful living. ~Macrina Wiederkehr

I’ve been using this quote recently to start my day. I like the idea of waking up with a blessing, an expression of gratitude for a precious new day, a focus on presence, an awareness of possibility, an enchantment with the mystery of each moment.

Some of us have rituals to begin our day, like a shower or a cup of coffee. I usually have a tall glass of hot water with lemon and a slice of fresh ginger. While I drink it, I read something inspirational. Then I do some stretches, standing meditation, qigong, and finally sitting meditation. That can all take up to 2 ½ hours before breakfast. I don’t always have that much time, so I can shorten that when needed. And some days I need to just get up and go.

But it doesn’t take more than a moment as I open my eyes to greet the new day with a blessing. It sets the tone and starts my day with a peaceful heart and a joyful spirit whether or not I have time for a leisurely pace of morning ritual.

There are infinite choices of quotes, mantras, poems, single words, and more, that we can use to bless our day as we awake. It doesn’t always have to be the same one. I find that I use one for a while, and then shift to another. I prefer something short that I can easily memorize. Sometimes a simple “thank you” suffices. If I am using a new one, I sometimes write it on a little notecard that I see as soon as I wake up.

It’s a pleasant habit that is easy to establish.

Do you have a morning blessing or ritual that gets your day off to a good start? If so, I hope you will share it in a comment.

May I be a blessing to all I meet this day.

4 thoughts on “Blessing the Day”

  1. Thanks for your inspiration. I don’t start my day with a quote, but after I’ve meditated for fifteen minutes or so, I ask, “for the sake of all living beings, may I attain enlightenment.” I was surprised at how hard it was to say that in the beginning, because I wondered just who I think I am to be enlightened. Now it’s easy to say out loud. 🙂

    1. What a wonderful way to start your day DJan! But here is a thought — Who are you NOT to be enlightened? Personally, I think enlightenment is our natural state. I don’t think we have to be special or do something to attain it. I think we just have to release everything that blocks our awareness of it. Adyashanti says that the price of awakening is giving up every reason we have to stop loving. So good for you for claiming your natural state of being!

      1. Not my “always” way to wake up, but for the last few months I have had a few physical challenges. As I open my eyes I do a quick mental scan of my body and start a series of stretches to limber me up for what is ahead.

        The steady improvement over the last several weeks gives me a sense of gratitude and progress.

        1. Sorry to hear about your recent challenges, Bob, and glad you are improving. Yes, a scan and some stretches get your day off to a good start. Think about all the animals that stretch first thing after being still for a while. My dog stretches as soon as she gets up. Every time. Hmm.

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