I wake and savor my morning ritual, notice feet on the floor, arms moving up to reach two bowls, kitties fed.  Now, they’re back to sleep. Bella is here next to me. Each morning she takes my chair and I move her to her chair.  After rounds of petting, she goes to sleep.  

I go through my senses, hear the heater running and Bella purring, the wind outside, smell and taste coffee, feel air moving in and out as I touch the keys of the keyboard, and sit on the pillow softening my chair as my feet in their socks rest on the wood floor.  Such joy in knowing enough. Outside the window is pure delight as trees reach to light, light last night from the full moon and now more directly, the sun.

I harvest this moment.

Four wise women met for dinner last night and discussed our greatest learning.  “Choose Joy” was the agreed upon answer. Joy! This moment, each moment, enough.  

I’m with the words of Lao Tzu, the 6th century Chinese mystic, philosopher, and founder of Taoism.

“If there is to be peace in the world,

There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,

There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,

There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,

There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home, 

There must be peace in the heart.”

I’m also with Frank Ostaseski’s Five Invitations.

  • Don’t Wait
  • Welcome Everything, Push Away Nothing
  • Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience
  • Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things
  • Cultivate Don’t Know Mind

The day opens before me, a map without lines, open to possibility, exploration, and trust in what comes.  I anchor lineage, propel and nurture what seeds and grows in receiving joy and cultivating the ease of peace.

Bella, also known as “Little Sweetie” on her pillow on her chair
Looking up as the sun moved day toward night

Morning Light

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