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Monday, April 6, 2009

A New Day

"The openness to begin is all the openness required to have each day. We start today, and tomorrow we start again, and the day after we start again, as we will the day after that. In this way does our journey come to us. We begin. The rest unfolds through us. Julia Cameron

This morning began beautifully. I decided last week(thanks to the encouragement of my dear friend, Rebecca) to get myself up extra early, before the sun and the kids, and walk. I've forever resisted getting up early, not wanting to give up a moment of precious sleep. But with my intense need to create lately, exercise was becoming last priority and that wasn't feeling good. So, after a little discussion with Beck (her telling me what a positive thing it has been for her), I decided to give this early-morning-exercise-thing a try.

This is week number two and I'm loving it. There's something very sacred about getting outside first thing, getting the heart moving and tuning into all the sounds, sights and smells of early morning, especially with the beginning of a new season.

This morning my focus was to breathe as deeply as possible, to take in all the freshness-the cool air, the sweet blooming trees and flowers, the smell of the freshly cut grass (yesterday was gorgeous so there were a lot of lawns being mowed), and the smell I've only smelled in the Pacific Northwest-I think it's all the growth that comes with lots and lots of rain and now-and-then sunshine. I heard birdies chirping wildly and a woodpecker noisily pecking away at a telephone pole. I saw a little cottontail bunny, deer prints, blooming daffodils and flowering trees. it was all just so beautiful.

I'm so glad I had the openness to begin something new and that I have friends who are tuned into goodness. (Thank you Rebecca.) It seems now I'm addicted to these early mornings. They allow me to tune into nature, to watch sleepy houses wake up, to feel my body on the earth, to get my heart pumping, to listen to myself breathe and think...a sweet way to begin a new day. I highly recommend it.

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