I read recently that Oprah Winfrey begins her day in quiet, an opportunity to center herself and “order her day.” I like to do the same. It doesn’t take long yet can make a huge difference to the way I approach my daily life. Clearly, it works for Oprah, too!
I invite you to try doing this for one week to see if it works for you, as well. To get you started, I offer you a small meditation to recite each morning. Take just five minutes to close your eyes and breathe deeply, then say these words to yourself (or aloud) and let them sink into your heart and mind:
Just for today I want ease, gentleness and joy, the smooth seam of time to reveal the hours as they are meant to unfold.
Awaken the small song that wants to undulate its melody in the cells of my being, so that all within me beats in time to my Story, my True North.
Holding out for some secure moment that may or may not come to pass only slows my journey, so …
I choose to engage with every breath Now, and let the still point between the inhale and exhale inform me, show me my highest good.
Give yourself this gentle, harmonious start to days that can often turn out to be demanding and stressful. Once you have created the habit, write your own meditation or offer spontaneous, prayerful words as your heart sees fit for that day.