1)Waking up in the darkness is a gift...
There is an unusual feeling of welcome that the dark hours before dawn offer when I relinquish the annoyance brought on by the desire to “be normal’ and sleep longer like everyone else. Now that I’ve learned to surrender to this early waking (most of the time, some days I still struggle), it feels like a secret invitation to simply be present to breath, to sensation, to my wandering thoughts that seem always to direct my heart to prayer and gratitude. Waking up between 3:30 and 5am gives me a chance to practice meditation before the household arises. I feel safe, comforted, a little sleepy, but mostly like I am dwelling in "belonging". I belong to the early hours, they belong to me. It is a time to immerse myself in silence and feel the sacredness around me and within me.
2) Blogging is a magical bridge...
Depending on the amount of disability an individual experiences with MS, the isolation of being home bound much of the time is a BIG part of learning to live with the disease. For many of us with MS and folks with many other debilitating diseases, the internet in general, Facebook, chatrooms and blogs in particular, are sometimes the only way we can meet with other people. I hope that my blog is a welcoming bridge, an inviting space to visit for all who happen by and will be just one stop of many on your blogging travels. (You might want to visit a few of my friends listed on the right hand column under inspiring blogs.) Reading your stories, poetry, prose, viewing your art, learning about your lives through photos, sharing comments and emails all sustain me and convince me daily that the world is full of kindness, thoughtfulness and truly good people. Yes there are always terrible things happening somewhere in the world every single day, but on the whole, we are whole. Humanity is full of love and light.
In closing today I want to mention some special visitors to my blog. I have had a few visitors from China lately who are able to leave comments on my blog in Chinese, but are unable to write their stories or receive responses from me on their own blogs. Because of this, I want to thank you here for your kind words of support. I wish I could learn more about you and your lives, but understand that it isn't possible at this time...just know that I appreciate your visits to my blog.