Waking Up Gently

Never work before breakfast.
If you have to work before breakfast,
eat your breakfast first.
Josh Billings

From Jon Kabat-Zinn in “Waking Up to Our Senses”:

We go from one thing to the next all day long, virtually addicted to distracting ourselves, afraid of what might happen if we didn’t fill it up, if we stopped interrupting ourselves and just settled into now.  We fill up our time and then wonder where it all went, why we feel so far from the mark, so far from our deepest aspirations, from contentment, from peace, from really being at home within ourselves and in deep connection with others.

What would it be like to settle into our own body, just lying in bed or sitting around for a few moments?  You can drop in on yourself and purposely not fill the present moment with anything, especially anxieties about the future and everything you”should” be getting done, or resentment about what has already transpired and hasn’t gone exactly as you desired.  You can play with seeing what it’s like to linger with such feelings and breathe with them for a tad longer than you are likely to think you can possibly stand.

Click on the “Leave a Comment” (above left) to tell us how you connect with yourself best in the mornings.

PS  Thank you so much, Powerful Goddess Gina Bonati, for gracing my blog with your divine beauty!



© Sharon Birke

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Photography for the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. C.Osso
    May 18, 2012 @ 07:59:33



  2. robertc2211
    May 19, 2012 @ 01:12:48

    Oh yes, a peaceful beginning to the day is how I treat myself almost without fail. My witching hour, as I call it, (actually a few minutes) usually between 1 and 3 am. I instinctively wake to enjoy the darkness the quiet and sometimes to turn off the late movie. Thinking of the people or things that mean the most to me. Pleasant thoughts!, trying to put out of my mind the typical chores of the coming day, I will get to all of that later once the sun rises.

    A few minutes in a morning to ourselves, a great way to begin another day! Thanks for reminding us Sharky.



    • Powerful Goddess Photography
      May 19, 2012 @ 14:51:00

      What a magical moment to claim for yourself, Mountain–
      Thanks for sharing!


  3. momtog
    May 22, 2012 @ 00:32:19

    Sharky! I love these! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for me!
    Missing your beautiful face!


    • Powerful Goddess Photography
      May 22, 2012 @ 10:40:54

      Oh, joy! I found your good cheer just as I’m downloading
      and loving your photos. Merci Beaucoup for adding so much
      to my happy memories and vocabulary.
      Je t’aime,


  4. Jean
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 02:28:05



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