Mornings are chaos around here – getting the kids fed, dressed, watered; lunches packed; breakfast made and eaten; homework folders found under the bed or in the backpacks. Then coffee, email, coffee, email, work…
I would like to say I meditate but I just can’t seem to carve out that early-morning space. But I just found this this text from my favorite poet Mary Oliver (even if you think you don’t like poetry, you will love hers). My new morning routine is to read this over and over. It feels like meditating, anyway.
“When I walk out into the world, I take no thoughts with me. That’s not easy, but you can learn to do it. An empty mind is hungry, so you look at everything longer, and closer. Don’t hum! When you listen with empty ears, you hear more. And this is the core of the secret: Attention is the beginning of devotion.”
–Mary Oliver, poet