Today I did something I haven’t done in a long time. I woke in the dark. I put on soft simple clothing. I walked through the rain. Then I sat in a quiet room and tried to focus on my breath.
I used to do this all the time. For over two years, I woke up at 3:50 am almost everyday to sit in a room a doing gentle battle with their my karma.
But my life changed. I left the monastery. I started working. And this simple practice of waking up early to sit was lost. And though I missed it, I accepted this change as part of a new way of life.
Today when I woke up and walked to the meditation hall. It felt like sliding into an old beloved sweater that had been misplaced in the back of a closet. The smooth clothe of practice slid over my skin and warmed me.
Today reminded me of why I started this journey and why I continue it. It reminded me of why I started this blog and business of the same name. It reminded me that it began because something called me to see this deep truth hidden in my heart. And once I had caught a glimpse of it, I knew I had to share that sliver with whomever I could.
So whatever you want or whoever you want to be, wake up early and seek it. Wake up early and write, paint, code, sit, sing, pray, and dream. Wake up early and meet the self you want to embody. Maybe not everyday, but some days and with some regularity.
It is the promises made and acted out in the first hours of the waxing sun that sink into our bones and anchor us to the potential of what our lives can be.