Broken Mornings Restore



Morning had broken. Post sunrise at Augusta. You can see the plume of smoke on the horizon from the controlled burn. This was the day before the storm across the southern half of the state last week, which is traditionaly the break of season. We now move from autumn to winter.

With every sunrise I think of that old hymn ‘Morning Has Broken’ and it has stuck in my mind ever since I heard Cat Stevens popularize it. Stevens included it on his 1971 album ‘Teaser and the Firecat.’ As a single it charted at number 6 in the US according to Billboard, and number 9 in the UK. It was on the radio for weeks. The wonderful piano that makes it so great was devised by Rick Wakeman in conjunction with Stevens.

I like to take time to watch the sunrise, sunset, the stars, the change in the sky, just to soak up the moments. In another sense, the sky and all its gifts are part of the rhythm of life. The sun’s movements are the bookends of each day, but also a reminder that each day is enough in itself, that to live is to live in the moment and not in any other day. The irony is, that if we do live in the moment, we build a capacity, a strength that helps protect us from breaking. Living in the moment is letting go, nurturing grattitude, accepting the elements of the day, reaching out to others, sharing love, touching the joy that is somewhere in us and perhaps needs intentionally drawing out. Besides, worrying never changes the outcome anyway!

I believe that each new day is a new opportunity, a new experience, and a new horizon, by which we have a fresh start and new opportunities to explore. And, as the song says, each new day begins, like the first one. There is a rhythm of life, it is a gift, it is faithful, it is there for us to be in.

Two of my favourite quotes about living in the now:

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”ย Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”ย Maya Angelou

And of course the song – an earworm for your day ๐Ÿ™‚



Filed under Country, life, mindfulness, music, nature, quote

16 responses to “Broken Mornings Restore

  1. Been present in the moment. I love it… I love watching the sky too.. When am stressed, I just sit outside and admire the stars and get lost in the sky… โ˜บ

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  2. I believe that Nature is one of the best tranquilizer! You said it aptly, the sunrise, the sunset, the trees, the birds, the breeze everything is so serene and beautiful..


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  3. beautifully said, a reflection of calm ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Sweet earworm. . . . thank you.

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  5. A great interpretation of the Prompt. Thoroughly enjoyable read and listen!

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  7. lync56

    Very true – I think you are better at putting this into practice than I am but I aspire to it


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