Welcome to the first of our seven-day practice inspired by Mary Jean Irion's profound acknowledgement of the wonder and gift of a normal day. We invite you to close your eyes and take one or two slow, deep breaths. Now, let's begin...
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What a miracle that you are here! Wonder of wonders! Wow.
Truly! Reflect on all that it took for you to be here in this moment: the Earth being the perfect distance from the sun to support life, billions of years of evolution, your ancestors surviving long enough to bring forth the next generation, your parents meeting, the accidents that didn’t happen, the serendipitous occasions that did…
In the coming week, upon waking say to yourself silently or aloud, “Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you before you depart.” Observe how saying this makes you feel in your body, noticing any sensations or emotions that arise. Through your waking hours, gently carry the intention to appreciate the day–in all its extraordinary ordinariness–repeating any part or version of the prayer above as often as you feel moved.
How does beginning your day with the intention of treasuring it impact you?
What can you allow yourself to savor about the gift of simply being alive today?
Should you be inspired, please leave a reflection below…
This practice is inspired by Mary Jean Irion’s sublime meditation A Normal Day.
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My most cherished grace in life is to have learned to live one day at a time. It embodies the concept of being in the moment – importantly, being aware. Awareness and open-mindedness allows for gratitude and thoughtful choices. living each day with spiritual practice as the foundation – especially gratitude allows me to savor my life – the sharp and the full, the ecstatic and the painful. This being alive is adventurous, spicy stuff!
To direct attention beyond the mind’s hum and chatter, to savor, to treasure, helps me feel the warmth of the heating room, taste and appreciate the food that gives pleasure, and along with life-saving medications, the ability to meet people and places I know and yet have never met in the way I and they are today. I feel energized and open to possibility, now let’s see what happens after I walk thru the door!
This helps me not to take my ‘normal day’ for granted, but to see new possibilities and be grateful for them. At the moment I am savouring my ability to enjoy , at leisure, my flat white coffee. It’s freezing outside, but the sun is shining brightly.
I woke up this morning, I am alive and well! I am in where it is warm and dry and able to see the beautiful snow that is falling outside. I am able to read this beautiful practice, comprehend the words and be so inspired by it! Words cannot express the gratitude and joy I feel for being alive! Thank-you God!!! Thank-you gratefulness.org for this beautiful practice!!!
With heartfelt love to all, Sheila ?
It changes my perspective from “what must I get done today” or “what must I do to get through the day” to seeing the day differently – as a special gift I can and should enjoy.
I think just taking a moment to be quiet and say a prayer of thanks for the blessing of this very special gift. Brings on a tingling sensation.
What an aspiration with which to start the day. I love the idea of allowing the day to impact me, to allow myself to become intimate with what it offers me, both the ease and the difficult.
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