Joy in the morning
Open to me the gates of righteousness;
I will go into them,
and I will praise the LORD;
this gate of the LORD,
into which the righteous shall enter.
I will praise Thee,
for Thou hast heard me
and art become my salvation.
The stone which the builders refused
has become the head stone of the corner.
This is the LORD'S doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will
rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:19-25 (21st Century King James Version)
The Modeh Ani:
"I offer thanks to You,
O living and everlasting king, for having restored
my soul within me; great is Your faithfulness."
In Judaism, this beautiful prayer is offered immediately upon waking,
even while one
is still trembling in the state between sleep
and consciousness. This time is selected
because certain truths are unaffected by
our wakeful knowledge and/or our deeper,
sleeping psyche. One's faith in G-d is one
of these truths. So, this prayer is purposely
said at that moment of the day when one is
neither fully awake nor completely asleep.
In this one special moment of the morning
lies the unique opportunity to declare a truth
"that inhabits our deepest selves, to declare
what we already know to the awaiting day."
Source: Author Simon Jacobson,
from the site: www.meaningfullife.com
All who joy would win, Must share it,---happiness was born a
George Noel Gordon (Lord Byron), 1788-1824
BACK TO ARCHIVES
If one were deeply grateful upon arising for the ability to breathe,
wouldn't every breath that followed that day be a true prayer of
SALUTATION TO THE DAWN
LOOK TO THIS DAY!
FOR IT IS LIFE, THE VERY LIFE OF LIFE.
IN ITS BRIEF COURSE
LIE ALL THE VERITIES AND REALITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE;
THE BLISS OF GROWTH;
THE GLORY OF ACTION;
THE SPLENDOR OF ACHIEVEMENT;
FOR YESTERDAY IS BUT A DREAM,
AND TOMORROW IS ONLY A VISION; BUT TODAY, WELL LIVED,
MAKES EVERY YESTERDAY
A DREAM A HAPPINESS
AND EVERY TOMORROW A VISION OF HOPE.
HINDU-ATTRIBUTED TO KALIDASA