Thank you for this quiet house when I first wake up. For the inclination to tip-toe through my wake up ritual (scoop my pile of clothes off the dresser in the dark—laid out with care the night before so I don’t need the light), float up the stairs and walk like a sleepy ninja through the house, preserving the peace and my own solitude.
Thank you for a bowl of cereal to get the juices flowing, and thanks even for the stiffness in my spine—this discomfort makes me present in my own skin and reminds me to take care of myself—-that I am not superwoman and my body is a treasure to be cared for and nurtured—that I only have this one body and I better make sure the warranty never expires–even with weight that fluctuates and places that are beginning to show the effects of gravity after nearly 40 years.
Thank you for the chill of fall that greets me only a few minutes after waking. Time to go to work.
Thank you, 5:30am, for the others that know you intimately and who trudge into the studio to do something healthy. I love the community you create before sunrise. The sleepy smiles, (or sometimes the zombie stares) the quiet routine of assembling mats and equipment—everyone still peaceful and also resigned to the tasks at hand. Thanks for the trust these folks place in me to rev them up and into their day safely, with challenge and encouragement and camaraderie.
Thank you, 5:30am for the movement of our bodies. You remind us to be extra gentle and that we all need a little extra time to get moving during this hour. You let us know that if we ask instead of forcing—if we listen instead of order, our bodies will thank us and we will have an amazing experience with this movement. We will sweat, we will lift, we will work, and finally, we will relax, now ready to move ahead into the rest of a busy day. We’ve created anew this inner relationship and affirmed the same in a few others who think alike.
Thank you 5:30am, as your hour begins to wane, for the reward of the taste of sunrise, coloring the sky in hints of purple, orange, and red—belying the potential of the daylight, underlining the possibilities of this day. Now our foundation is built…..what will we construct on top? Which layers will be laid next? The house? The Spouse? The Children? They will all benefit from the relationship that you and I have, 5:30am.
Thank you, 5:30am, for the ticking clock breaking the silence as I tap out these words—-just a few more precious moments to fill my cup. I know you will always be here for me, waiting and available, accepting me unconditionally and ready to walk with me unfailingly. You are perhaps the only thing that is constant and completely abiding. I thought I would hate you when we first met. I never imagined this relationship could be a gift, after all.
I’m so glad to know you, 5:30am. See you again very soon.