But what I really crave is A Slow Morning. A morning that I can unwrap slowly, deliberately, with care and attention.
Years ago I was inspired by this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh and have held it close to my heart since. He says,
“Every twenty-four hours is a tremendous gift to us. So we should all learn to live in a way that makes joy possible.”
I’ve found that if I unwrap my morning slowly, like a precious gift, the possibility for joy, fulfillment and contentment increases exponentially. If I cherish my first stretch, spend an extra moment cuddling with Russell Clive, meditate first thing and drink my coffee slowly (from a real mug, not a travel mug), I start my day feeling tremendous contentment. I am ready to receive whatever the day has to offer.
It doesn’t mean that I’ll be HAPPY! every single moment of the rest of the day. Santosha, or contentment, is a difficult attitude to maintain. Because, let’s face it: happiness doesn’t always present itself tied up with a pretty ribbon every day. Some days go terribly wrong (hello, influenza B) and I’m frustrated, stressed and suffering.
Santosha is a possibility when I relinquish my expectations and choose instead to be grateful that I even get to open the gift of the day, regardless of what’s under the wrapping.
One way I increase my possibility for santosha is starting every morning in meditation– setting my intention that I’ll be open to receive. Whatever the day brings, I strive to stay open, grateful and aware of the preciousness of this day.
I hope this audio guided meditation helps you open to the possibilities of joy and santosha today.
“Open to Receive”
“Every twenty-four hours is a tremendous gift to us. So we should all learn to live in a way that makes joy possible.” -TNH