I wanted to share this quote from Jeannette Winterson:
“I have noticed that when all the lights are on, people tend to talk about what they are doing – their outer lives. Sitting round in candlelight or firelight, people start to talk about how they are feeling – their inner lives. They speak subjectively, they argue less, there are longer pauses. To sit alone without any electric light is curiously creative. I have my best ideas at dawn or at nightfall, but not if I switch on the lights – then I start thinking about projects, deadlines, demands and the shadows and shapes of the house become objects, not suggestions, things that need to be done, not a background to thought.” Jeanette Winterson
This resonated with me as we are still wrapped in Winter’s arms in the UK, making the dark mornings feel luxuriously long. There is an energy in the early hours of the day that remains still and peaceful, and it is at this time I feel the connection to spirit (and therefore myself) more fully than most other times of the day.
Yet the mornings are often a time when we are in a hurry. Trying to get somewhere as the new day dawns. Recently I have been aware that if I turn on the light when I wake up I jump into action (which is useful some days!) When I light candles I stay longer in the realms of silence, writing my dreams, meditating and connecting more deeply with myself as the day begins. Holding this still and sacred space for myself is the beauty of mornings.
I know it’s not always possible when you are juggling a lot of priorities, but why not set the alarm ten minutes early and enjoy a morning cup of tea in silence by candlelight? Or perhaps turn the alarm and radio off at the weekends and experience silence as you start your day.
What do you enjoy about the beauty of mornings? What rituals do you find supportive at the beginning of your day? I’d love to hear from you.