Early mornings

January 5, 2009 at 9:11 pm 1 comment

early_morningI’ve always found the early, early morning to be kind of a magical place. There is something entirely perfect about waking up very early. Especially if no one else is awake and you can revel in the solitude and space. Especially if it’s spring or summer and you can wander outside to visit the garden with a steamy mug of sweet coffee. Or winter when you can curl up  with a cup of hot tea and listen to quiet chamber music on the radio. Almost as good as dreaming.

Leo Babauta of the wildly popular blog Zen Habits resides daily in this transformative space of tranquility and calm. I recall my grade 6 teacher had a similar outlook on life, reserving a few hours for painting and reading in the mornings before work, and then bringing his passion and creativity into the classroom. It even runs in my family. My 88 year-old grandfather gets up early every morning and eats a bowl of oatmeal porridge while he listens to the CBC. He feels, like all grandfathers do, that “morning is the best part of the day.” My father is the same way. In the summer months he often plays a quick round of golf (!) before heading off to work in the morning.

For me, those kind of mornings are rare, occasional jewels, almost myth-like.  Most mornings are spent curled up in our warm cosy nest for as long as possible. I haven’t yet discovered anything better than the pleasures of lingering in bed, resting, thinking, dreaming, snuggling, listening half-asleep to news on the radio. I wonder if that will ever change. Part of me hopes not. But then again, part of me can’t stop reading that highly-addictive blog!

There are lots of people who will tell you why it’s great to get up early. And you know exactly what they’re going to say. But now, finally, some long-awaited news about 3 great reasons to sleep late. How refreshing!


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  • 1. Davin Greenwell  |  January 7, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Over the holidays I did a lot of staying up late for at least one of the same reasons as why you like getting up early. I enjoy the solitude and there is a bit of the magic. I find it in the dawn more than the middle of the night though. There is a tinge of guilt associated with staying up late, not so for getting up early. Not sure why that is.. hmm!

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