A morning meditationPosted: July 16, 2012 Filed under: 365 Yoga Challenge, Air, beginnings, Digital Art, Earth, Fire, goals, home, nature, Photography, Spirit, Summer, Walking, weather | Tags: Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, John O'Donohue, meditation, nature, Outdoors, Photography, Sarah Smiley, sunrise, sunset, trees, Yoga 49 Comments
When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.
~ John O’Donohue, Anam Cara
This morning I started a 28-day meditation program. I woke up just before dawn, and began my day by stepping outdoors and watching the sunrise, followed by yoga and a sitting meditation. It’s a wonderful way to wake up, just being present outside waiting for the day to begin. It’s a meditation in and of itself. No yoga or sitting necessary.
The morning was still except for the chatter and songs of the birds. No breeze at all. Ground fog stretched out in long layers across the meadows, the neighbor’s yards, and the pond.
I love the way light and color softly emerges from the horizon, my mind and body awakening with the earth.
The day slowly brightened as the orange-red ball of sun slipped up between the trees and power lines.
It is in the early morning hour that the unseen is seen, and that the far-off beauty and glory, vanquishing all their vagueness, move down upon us till they stand clear as crystal close over against the soul.
~ Sarah Smiley
Thank you for stopping by and walking through the sunrise with me. I hope your day has been filled with colorful wonder and delight.
P.S. For those wanting to know about yesterday’s abstract, Holly has a video tutorial here, or you can use the one I originally used a year or so ago which is found here. Have fun!
Love this, and thank you for photos of your sunrise. I meditate first thing each morning, it is the most important part of my day. Can’t imagine getting started without it. Hope you find meditation as life-lifting as I do.
You’re welcome, Bo. And thank you. 🙂
I’m only on day 3 of my 28-day meditation mission, and loving it already. It’s such a wonderful way to start the day.
Good, God, Robin, those sunrise images are stunning! I can see how that view could deepen meditation. The color is so intense. It almost leaves me wordless, which doesn’t happen often.
Thank you so much, Kathy. I’m so glad you enjoyed the sunrise. 🙂
Beautiful photos of sunrise! The colors are so rich and vibrant.
Thank you, Gracie. 🙂
What a great idea! Thank you for showing us those lovely photographs.
You’re welcome, Sandy. Thank you for joining me. 🙂
The first one is my fav, but they’re all great!
Thank you, Kate. 🙂
thanks for sharing a peaceful morning …
You’re welcome, Ellen. 🙂
I feel peaceful just looking at your photographs. I love Trees in the Fog at Dawn and Milkweed at Sunrise. Beautiful work, Robin. I don’t meditate as much as I would like to these days. I do capture a few moments on weekend mornings. The week days seem more hectic for me. I am heading up to Ely, Minnesota next week. North Country. I am looking forward to the new perspective.
Thank you, QM. 🙂
It’s been hectic here of late, too. When I read in a recent edition of Yoga Journal that they were having a 28-day “Meditation Revolution” program, I decided to give it a try to see if it would help with all the busyness of life. It feels good to start my day at a slow pace. It seems to be carrying forward throughout the day. (There still aren’t enough hours in the day, though! lol!)
What a beautiful sunrise you saw to begin your day Robin. Absolutely stunning; words do not do it justice. Thank you for sharing this magical time of your day with us all. 🙂
You are very welcome, Joanne. Thank you for joining me. 🙂
This is wonderful. I don’t often get to (or take the time) to wake up with the day’s first light, but I am always better for it when I do.
Thank you, Tim. And thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it. 🙂
I’ve missed being here to visit you.. what a perfect post for me to land on. I, too, love to wake up early but it hasn’t been warm enough to enjoy our yard. You’ve reminded me.. I’m going to try tomorrow. I adore your sunrise photos 😀 xx Smidge
Thank you, Smidge. Hope the weather was cooperative and you got out to enjoy the sunrise. 🙂
stunning….what an exquisite way to start your day…. the sun, the light, the birds chirping, gentle fog and…the earth…….mmmmmmm…special.
Very special, Kathy (PP). Thank you. 🙂
these are beautiful photos, is the meditation going well?
Thank you, Chloe. 🙂
It’s going very well so far. I’ve found it to be a great way to start my day.
Wonderful…a special way to start the day, for sure.
No rough ‘red sky at morning’ weather before nightfall, I hope?
Thanks, Marie. 🙂
No storms yet. Today is our best chance for a while, and if that looks if-y.
Love the way the first image drew up into the entire post. 🙂
Thank you, Frank. 🙂
Thanks, Anita. 🙂
Wow Robin, as always your shots are amazing, but I especially LOVE the first one.. I could happily try my hand at meditation looking at that.. Might give the Yoga a miss though.. 😉
Thank you, Brian. 🙂
lol! Yoga isn’t so bad. There are no requirements of twisting oneself into a pretzel. lol!
Ooh, Robin – these are just gorgeous (especially the last photo!) 🙂
Thank you so much, Val. 🙂
Stunning photos that really evoke a peacefulness. Love the branch pattern closing around the sunrise!
Thank you, Teresita. 🙂
Thanks for the link to the photoshop tutorials … I got carried away looking through them and I forgot to come back and comment on your colorful photos here and thank you for the link.
I love your fog in the morning shot …. it has been very hazy and humid here and I have been trying to get a good picture of that, but they have not turned out very well … they do not show how things feel. And I need to stop complaining about it … we were blessed with a night of 58º temps and it is wonderfully cool right now.
You’re welcome, Bearyweather. I just wanted to make sure you found the links so you could have fun, too. 😀
Thank you, Kieran. 🙂
What a beautiful way to start your morning, Robin. I confess it has been a *long* time since I’ve been awake early enough to see the sun come up, but I do get to enjoy an amazing sunset every evening at work. 🙂 The 28-day meditation ‘challenge’ sounds inviting and sublime.
Thank you, Dana. 🙂
The meditation challenge has been wonderful so far. It’s through Yoga Journal and I’m really enjoying both the short yoga sequences and the guided meditation.
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Beautiful pictures and descriptions of the sunrise and sunset.
Thank you. 🙂
You’re welcome, Sallyann. Thanks for joining me. 🙂
Stunning, Robin! A beautiful morning meditation! Love the quotes too.
Thank you, Marianne. 🙂
Love the first shot!
Thanks, Belen. 🙂