Early Light: Recipe for a good day


Mississippi at dawn

Today is Friday, August 7.  It is the 219th day of the year with only 146 remaining in 2009.

I’m rereading a little book entitled “Everyday Grace” by Marianne Williamson.  The well-worn volume is dog-eared and caffeine-stained, but I pick up something new with each reading.

“If you want to have a nonmiraculous day,” states Williamson, “I suggest that newspaper and caffeine form the crux of your morning regimen.  Listen to the morning news while you’re in the shower, read the headlines as you are walking out the door, make sure you’re keeping tabs on everything: the wars, the economy, the gossip, the natural disasters….But if you want the day ahead to be full of miracles, then spend some time each morning with God,” instructs Williamson.

On the other hand, “time spent in morning prayer and meditation guarantees God will be in charge of our thoughts throughout the day.”

Her suggestion is that whatever you will be doing with your day – consciously bless the people you’ll meet as well as those you don’t even know.  Remember to include those you don’t like so well.  Allow yourself to imagine, while in a prayerful, meditation state, the life you most long to experience in the day ahead.

Now you can leave the house smiling, because you’ve placed your future in the hands of God.  You’ve helped set the universe on a harmonious trajectory.

“Every day we have a chance to re-create life, for ourselves and others, reshaping our energies with the thoughts we think, just as we reshape our bodies with physical exercise.” she says.  “Bless the house in which you wake and the people who sleep there – (even if they are of the canine persuasion I presume).   Bless your city and your country and your world.  Bless everyone you will meet today.  Ask that you be a channel for God’s love.”

She concludes, “When you give love you will feel love.  That is the law.”

Now, here’s the interesting thing.  When I follow Williamson’s advice, which admittedly isn’t often enough, there is some kind of  mystically mutually satisfying connection in each personal contact.  It’s almost like they instinctively know I wish them well and our spirits connect at a higher level.

Give it a try, and have a great day.

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